WARREN - Pathway Sober House, 2970 Parkman Road N.W., is celebrating 15 years of helping those in the need in the community.
The faith-based recovery program, which for several years was located first off Washington Street, Elm Road and Youngstown Warren Road, is now at its new location off Parkman Road.
To celebrate the 15 years, a banquet is being planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Victorian Room in Niles. The Total Package Band will perform.
Pastor Aruthenia Simmons, who along with founder / director Pastor Loretta Pernice, work with those in need in helping people to get their lives on track.
She said those receiving help at Pathway attend meditation, classes and prayer daily and are assigned daily chores and responsibilities.
"We have many volunteers who help us with cooking and transportation," Simmons said.
She said the banquet will recognize many accomplishments, including one woman older than 50 who graduated from Trumbull Business College.
"We teach them to go back and correct what was wrong and focus on education. We really encourage education and help them find jobs suitable for their atmosphere," Summons said, noting that they have had a good success rate with one person owning a home and another a foster parent.
Simmons said the organization wants to help people who have faced hardships in their lives get back on the right track and help people from addicted lifestyles through the recovery process.
Pernice opened PSH in January 1999, it has housed more than 200 men and women and 35 children from Trumbull County.
PSH offers support classes and counseling on anger management, coping skills, conflict resolution, self-esteem, life skills and relapse intervention.
Those at PSH receive assistance in obtaining independent housing, employment and other community resources.
Simmons said individuals go on to complete their GED and attend college.
"Josephine" of Cleveland said she has been in program for five months and the classes have helped her to be able to function in the world.
"This is a spiritual-based program that has been very helpful to me," she said.
Those at Pathway say it helped them since it is a structured environment offering mentoring and cognitive behavioral therapy which assist with making better decisions and creating stability.
"Lauren," who lost her belongings in an apartment fire, said she has found more stability in paying rent, attending classes and going to church.
"Tawana" said it helped her to put order in her life and about forgiveness and letting go.
"We learned how Christians are to conduct themselves," Tawana said.
For information, call 330-369-2303.