P.A.T.H. House

The Right P.A.T.H to Adulthood

Perseverance + Achievements + Talents = Heart


P.A.T.H. is a new program offered by Harrison Homes for non-minor dependents ages 18-21 who need transitional housing placement.  P.A.T.H. House is also open to residents who are dependent minors at or near the age of emancipation who will benefit from our efforts to guide them towards successful independent living.

We only accept youth into our program who we truly believe that we can help.  Each young man will be offered a view of life beyond crime, drugs and the streets. We offer our residents a constant, non-judgmental support system.  Residents will be exposed to a specially designed curriculum that embraces an empowerment approach and which blends a variety of activities that foster self-reflection, understanding about the issues confronting them, and knowledge that will enable them to successfully transition into adulthood. We take pride in developing and shaping young men who previously felt that everyone else had given up on them. We, on the other hand, strive to be a constant, positive force for change in their lives.

P.A.T.H. House offers in-depth therapeutic intervention in its program and it is designed to address each resident’s unique level of human development. We offer an on-site school, which allows us to accurately monitor and pace each young man so that he be better prepared for whatever life path he chooses upon emancipation, whether it be college, vocational school or work.  We also stress character development, making positive, life-affirming choices, and will provide our residents with the tools necessary to face life head on.

Peer/Staff Evaluation Group: This group meets once weekly and allows residents and staff the opportunity to review an individual’s progress toward achieving therapeutic goals.  Recommendations for level changes and special privileges will be made at this time by the group.

Discharge Planning Group: When a resident is promoted to the highest level, he presents a discharge plan to peers and staff members.  Feedback is received and incorporated by the resident into his discharge plan.

Social Skills Training Group:   This group will explore what each resident will be doing while in the program and reinforce the social learning that will be taking place.  The focus of each session is to help residents learn the social skills necessary to relate appropriately to parents, family, teachers, employers and colleagues, landlords, and others.  Role playing, behavior rehearsal, modeling and reinforcement will be utilized as methods of instruction.  Through this program, each resident is guided to work out his adjustment and reintegration to society either in his family or as an independent person.  Further vocational skills and college studies are provided according to individual interest.

Anger Management Group: This group will discuss words commonly used to describe anger: rage, resentment, hate, hostility, etc.  A variety of anger management skills will be explored.  The goals of this group include teaching residents to be responsive to their feelings and to recognize and direct strong emotions appropriately.  Residents will learn to take responsibility for their anger, how to analyze it, how to recognize when they have internalized it into self-defeating behavior, and how to change themselves so that they decrease the occurrence of angry outbursts and/or self-destructive behavior.