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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Visions and Pathways Changes Annual Run Name to: Run and Walk for Our Youth’s Future

Family Event to Help Homeless Youth


Contact: Danielle Radigan 908-526-6605 ext. 313; dradigan@visionsandpathways.org

May 2, 2017

Bridgewater, N.J. (May 2017) After hosting 18 Annual “Run For Runaways 5K Runs,” Visions and Pathways, a Bridgewater-based nonprofit, has changed its name for our 19th run to “Run and Walk for Our Youth’s Future.” The annual run’s proceeds will benefit the organization’s arts and recreation program. Visions and Pathways goal is to provide abused, neglected, homeless and runaway youth, ages 13-21, with an avenue for self-expression and physical activity to help them deal with the trauma in their lives, develop untapped talent, explore new pursuits, and participate in the community.

“Our new name represents an exciting change,” said David Walker, CEO. “For nearly half a century, our organization was known for running a youth shelter and group homes. Many of our kids come through the foster care system. While we continue to run group homes, we are emphasizing outreach prevention, family reunification and helping children avoid becoming displaced from their families.”

Our new name for our Annual 5k Run represents focusing on our client’s futures rather than their past. “Our programs help youth see their potential for success and guide them along the often difficult path of becoming a thriving adult. Ultimately, our programs help end the cycle of dependency.” With a new name for our Run, it shows a fresh look at what is in store for the youth in our community and their future. “The future is very bright for our agency and for the youth we serve,” said Walker.

About the Annual Run

Visions and Pathways is dedicated to meeting the needs of abused and neglected youth. Programs and services include temporary housing, independent life skills training, street outreach and prevention services, comprehensive case management, counseling, financial literacy instruction, and more. Since 1970, over 8,000 runaway, homeless, abused or neglected youth have come to seek shelter, food, clothing, and support services.

The Run and Walk for Our Youth’s Future will be on October 28, 2017 at Duke Island Park, in Bridgewater New Jersey. The 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk will take place from 9am until 12pm. Our 19th annual run will include food, entertainment, kids’ activities, raffles and much more. We are

seeking your support to send a team of four or more to run or walk, and also asking for sponsorship in the way of advertising and donation.

For more information about Visions and Pathways, visit visionsandpathways.org or contact David Walker, Esq., MSW at 908-526-6606 ext. 304 or dwalker@visionsandpathways.org.

About Visions and Pathways

Visions and Pathways (formerly Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children) provides abused, neglected, homeless, and runaway youth with housing, a stable environment, and supportive services that guide them in becoming self-sufficient. Since 1970, over 8,000 youth throughout New Jersey have come to seek shelter, food, clothing, and support services. The agency provides 11 programs: Brahma House residential crisis intervention program; Passages, My Place and Whitney House residential transitional-living programs; Prosperity independent-living skills education program; Street Smart street outreach program; Transitional Learning Center for in-house education instruction; Bridge House and Village House, supportive-housing for aged-out youth, an Arts and Recreation Program, and Transitions aftercare program. Visit online at visionsandpathways.org.

Visions and Pathways is a charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).

The agency’s residential programs are located in Bridgewater, New Jersey. There is a satellite Street Smart street outreach office in Morristown, NJ. Visit online at visionsandpathways.org.

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