Pathways PA Inc wrote -
From the first day that Somer arrived at the PathWays PA Basic Center, she had a plan for what she was going to do with her life.
A self-taught violinist, Somer had been working to support her family as a licensed performer at Suburban Station, but her earnings weren't enough. In order to find housing and complete high school, Somer came to the Basic Center for runaway and homeless teen girls. From there Lenora (our program manager) helped Somer take some of the next steps on her journey.
As part of this process, Somer moved into the PathWays PA Transitional Living Program, where she lived in her own apartment. Once there, she completed high school, and was accepted into Eastern University in St. David’s. Renae, the TLP program manager, helped Somer make the transition to college including going back to school shopping, and helping her to move in to the dorm in 2012.
But while Somer found success in college, her connection to PathWays PA didn't end in her dorm room. This year, Somer returned to the Basic Center wanting to give back to the program that helped her. Along the way, while talking with Lenora and Deatra, the new Basic Center manager, she voiced another desire: to reconnect with her mom and family. With their support and encouragement, she reached out to her family - and found out that her mother was in the late stages of cancer and had only days to live.
Somer made it back to her family only 12 days before her mother died. She credits PathWays PA’s assistance in helping her to reconcile with her mother, which provided an opportunity for them to share in her mother’s final days together.
Somer is on track to graduate in the Spring of 2017. After college she plans to continue playing, to open her own business, and to mentor some of the young women served through the Basic Center and Transitional Living Programs. She is one of many examples of how PathWays PA works to end the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse, and how our work really makes a difference in people's lives.
This Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season, we hope you will join us in our work by donating to support our residential and community based programs. Please learn more about the people we serve and consider including them in your holiday giving this and every year.
PS - you can find videos of Somer playing her violin and talking about reuniting with her family at http://www.pathwayspa.org/index.php/givingtuesday2016/.