In response to community need, Catholic Charities has opened a new PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) office in Bullhead City, Ariz., serving all of Mohave County.
PATH targets adult homeless individuals, especially those suffering from mental illness, to provide support, basic supplies, and housing, and to connect them to other available social services. The Bullhead City office joins three existing PATH offices in providing outreach and services to homeless people in northern Arizona, with the other two located in Flagstaff and Cottonwood.
“The need for this type of program in this area is huge,” says Darrel Reynolds, Senior Program Supervisor for PATH in Coconino, Mohave, and Yavapai Counties. Reynolds expects to reach 250 individuals in Mohave County in its first year alone, with about 50 of those clients anticipated to complete the approximately 90-day PATH program.
To identify homeless people, PATH employees and volunteers canvas the Mohave County area, searching to help those living on the streets, under bridges, and throughout northern Arizona’s varying desert and forest landscapes. Once potential clients are identified, basic supplies such as tents, sleeping bags and water are provided, as well as referrals and transportation to shelters and mental health treatment centers that collaborate with PATH to transition individuals out of homelessness.
In addition to the newly-expanded PATH program, Catholic Charities serves the Mohave County area with its Arizona Families First Services and In-Home Family Support Services programs.