PRESSLEY RIDGE AND NEW PATHWAYS ANNOUNCE MERGER: EXPANDING SERVICES FOR YOUTH TRANSITIONING OUT OF FOSTER CARE
Pressley Ridge and New Pathways, Inc. are pleased to announce the joining of forces that will expand the organizations’ impact on those disconnected youth transitioning out of foster care.
Established in 1977 as a small group home for boys in southwest Baltimore City, New Pathways has evolved to serve primarily young men and women ages 16-24 who, for one reason or another, lack essentials skills to become productive, contributing citizens in the community. New Pathways is focused on offering these “disconnected” youth a pathway to self-sufficiency through Independent Living Programs, education, mentoring, and career preparation. Today they serve more than 350 young adults annually with services that also include case management, life skills training, counseling, mental health services, parenting classes and community outreach programs.
“The union of Pressley Ridge and New Pathways creates efficiencies and added benefits to the communities we serve,” said Susanne Cole, Pressley Ridge President & CEO. “New Pathways will continue delivering their exceptional programs to at-risk youth, but now under the Pressley Ridge umbrella.”
Originally founded in 1832 as two orphanages on the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA, Pressley Ridge has a rich legacy of providing mental and behavioral health services to children and families. The merger with New Pathways compliments the already diverse portfolio of services and allows for an expansion of Pressley Ridge’s impact on youth transitioning out of foster care.
Mark Mittelman, New Pathways’ Executive Director agreed, adding, “Combining our resources and expertise empowers both organizations to fulfill their tandem missions with even greater fervor and purpose. The winners in all this are those we serve, who will benefit exponentially.”
Foster care and adoption are at the core of Pressley Ridge’s mission and services. Each year, Pressley Ridge provides treatment foster homes for nearly 50 children in the Baltimore region. Another 30 - 35 children are served annually through the Parent Child Foster Care program, which provides support to pregnant teens or young parents with children from birth to age 4. Pressley Ridge also provides community-based services designed to strengthen family relationships and promote self-discovery. More than 100 children, adults and families are treated each year through a wide range of mental and behavioral health services, including outpatient, in-home and school-based treatment programs.
The merger between Pressley Ridge and New Pathways will enhance services and resources available to at-risk youth in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here for more information on New Pathways.
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