Pathway To Hope

By cassandra Jones

Who they are

Pathway To Hope is a Non-Profit organization founded by Dick and Sharon Lawrenz in December 2000.

In 1988, Sharon and Dick Lawrenz’s 11 year old son was diagnosed with mental illness. The couple struggled through a cumbersome Mental Health System and as a result of those taxing experiences, Pathway To Hope became a dream. They wanted to help other families.

Pathway to Hope offers weekly sessions for families and survivors living with mental illness. confronting of fears, social Interaction, networking, information on community services, caring and sharing.


Most residents share a room with one other person and they also share responsibilities of maintaining the home, such as cleaning and cooking.

Living in a family setting, residents are learning to strengthen their skills of cooking, daily chores, consideration of others, while having a feeling of independent living.

Give a helping hand

Pathway to hope always looking for a helping hand. By helping/supporting hope, you can donate needed items such as

  • Snow blower
  • Weed eater
  • Someone to tend the Flower Gardens and rake leaves
  • New towels
  • New twin sheets
  • Pots / pans in good shape
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Light bulbs / batteries
  • Paper goods
  • Laundry and Bar soap
  • Kitchen foil / food wrap
  • Canned Goods

Get involved!

Volunteer opportunists:

Night At The Movies

This is one of two major fundraisers for PTH. This event is held in the fall every year. At this event we have dinner where short clips of movies are played throughout the dinner. During this event we have a silent auction and a live auction. We need about 20 volunteers for the evening to be a success.

Support Group Facilitators

PTH has two support groups that run from 7pm to 8:30pm every Thursday evening. We have one support for the survivors and one for the family members. We need people who are survivors or have had family members of survivors who can facilitate the groups

Pathway to hope

”No one should navigate the uncharted waters of mental illness alone,”