March01

Brennen--A Passion for Art

              PFK works hard to support our consumers so that they can flourish in their communities, and we love seeing folks do just that! Check out Brennen, who is using his passion and talent to inspire others:

                20-year-old Brennen Cabrera is a talented Louisville artist with autism. Brennen is passionate about sharing his artwork with his community, and teaching his techniques through different workshops in Louisville. This Saturday, Brennen will be leading a workshop through the Council on Developmental Disabilities titled “Expressive Textures.” The workshop is part of an arts advocacy collaboration project involving agencies, artists, and people with disabilities throughout the community. Brennen will teach a variety of techniques to participants to give options for their pieces. This gives the opportunity for all participants to express themselves.

            Brennen led another workshop back in January through Zoom Group called “Dreamscapes.” Through this workshop, Brennen taught finger painting techniques on a canvas. Using these techniques, participants were able to create any kind of dream they wanted to share. Brennen enjoyed sharing some of his dreams and listening to others’ dreams through their pieces.

            “My artwork expresses my interests and experiences with its challenges and the emotions of everyday life,” Brennen says. “Because I have autism, I tend to see things from a different perspective. I notice certain details that others may not see. My artwork is full of vibrant colors, which represent my colorful personality.”

 

            We love seeing Brennen sharing his talent with other artists in the Louisville community. His unique personality is expressed in all of his artwork and gives us a glimpse of who Brennen is. Thanks for sharing your passion with us, Brennen!

                Take a look at The Council on Developmental Disabilities' Facebook page for more information on Brennen's upcoming workshop: https://www.facebook.com/TheCouncilonDD/posts/1566626246700131 


January12

2016 at Path Forward

In September 2015, PFK kicked off a program to recognize our fantastic staff for the important work they do on a daily basis. Based on written submissions from Program Coordinators or other Supervisors, staff are selected anonymously by a three person committee. Criteria for selection include helping Consumers reach their goals, timely submission of notes, compliance with policies and procedures as well as going above and beyond to creatively broaden Consumers’ horizons. Some notable milestones this year include personal hygiene and self-care, increased socialization, and goals that had not been achievable prior to current partnerships between staff and participant. We know our field staff are a crucial piece to the success of Path Forward and constantly strive to bring in the best talent. With caring people like the 2016 Staff of the Month winners listed below on our staff, PFK will easily continue to be a provider of choice in our community. Thank you for all that you do!!

 

January – Jessica Jodon

February – Leslie Lynn

March – Teresa Kersey

April – Nicole Hulberg

May – Dejuana Trumbo

June – Regina Lee

July – Phyllis Murphy

August – Christina Hovanitz

September – Tarisha Calvin

October – Nichole Ott

November – Hailie Hawk

December – TBA


A big congratulations and thank you to our 2016 staff of the month winners! One more member of the Path Forward team was honored last year: In December, Denise Knight was named employee of the year. As program director, Denise brings compassion and professionalism to everything she does, constantly working to make our staff and supports better and better.  Congratulations Denise, we are so grateful to have you as part of our team. 

December was a fun month for the Path Forward team. We had our annual holiday party, and said goodbye to 2016 with a friendly bowling competition. We have a great team here at Path Forward, and we love when we get the chance to get together and celebrate.

We had a great year at Path Forward, and we hope you did as well. Here's to an even better 2017! 


November23

Bryan--Success Through Supported Employment

In the summer of 2016, Bryan received the keys to his first house. Surrounded by friends, family, and Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Bryan held back tears as he unlocked the door for the first time. 

Getting to that moment had been a long road for Bryan, who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2005. Bryan had been wheelchair-bound for several months, and had had to learn skills like walking and talking all over again. Following his aneurysm, he moved into a staffed residence and began attending ADT full time. In 2012, Bryan decided that he wanted to begin working again. That's when Bryan was referred to the supported employment program at Path Forward. 

Bryan began to work with Beth, one of Path Forward's supported employment specialists. Beth helped Bryan to find and connect with businesses that were hiring, practiced interview skills with him, and helped him fill out applications. In the spring on 2013, Bryan landed an interview for a maintenance position at a Walmart Marketplace. Beth attended the interview with Bryan, offering support and assistance when needed. Bryan was offered the position. 

Beth assisted Bryan with computer-based training, and then helped him perfect his on-the-job skills. When Bryan first started at Walmart, Beth noted that he often struggled not to get frustrated when he was unsure how to complete a task, or when co-workers asked him to do something. But Bryan soon began to hone his skills, and got used to working with others. Soon, management was asking Bryan if he wanted to take on duties outside of his maintenance role.

Over the next three years, Bryan became one of the most diligent, efficient, and respected employees at his Walmart. Bryan was asked to stock and clean the dairy cooler, to collect carts in the parking lot, and to run the U-Scan aisles at the checkout. Throughout that time, Path Forward's job coaches continued to work with Bryan on his customer service skills, time management, and served as a liaison between Bryan and Walmart management. 

 

Today, Bryan continues his work at Walmart with minimal support from his job coach. His managers report that he one of the hardest workers on staff, and that they plan to continue to give him more responsibilities as he is comfortable taking them on. Perhaps best of all, Bryan is now a homeowner, and is very pleased to be living on his own once more. 


August29

Staff T-Shirts

We are excited about our new Path Forward of KY T-Shirts! Thank you Shively Sporting Goods for always taking great care of us, the shirts look great! 


February20

Changes at the Louisville offices of Path Forward

Our offices are changing, according to Vice President Jim Bratcher. Jim tells us that the Medicaid team of folks have been moved upstairs in the second floor offices in an effort to bring the employees closer and encourage comraderie among the entire staff at Path Forward. We felt as though this would help our staff work closer together and possibly increase placements on the employment side and add workers to the Medicaid side of our business. This move will also allow each side of our business to see one another at work, see what it is that each division does and the folks they work with.

Our agency has grown at an extreme rate over the past few years, in August of 2009 we had one paid employee, we now employ over 25 full time and approx 30 respite and community living support workers. We can attribute this growth the the fine staff that we have been able to accumulate over a realatively short period of time. Our growth has been extremely exciting, we have been able to offer services to many people that may have had no place to turn to.


December21

New Addition to Scholtz Family

We would like to welcome Clayton Alexander Scholtz to our agency's family,

he was born in Louisville on December 20, 2011 at 2:15PM.

He was 9 Lbs and 3 oz, 21.5" long.....Mom and baby are doing fine.

We will share pictures as we get them...

Congratulations to Alex, Amy and the entire family for the new addition!


April23

Welcome to our new Website!

Welcome to our website. Feel free to take a look around, and be sure to check back for updates! If you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to Contact Us!