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PathPoint Thanks First Responders at 1st Thursday Event

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(June 18, 2018) PathPoint thanked local first responders for their efforts during the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides at an evening reception in conjunction with 1st Thursday, Santa Barbara Downtown Association’s monthly evening of art and culture. Santa Barbara County Fire Department Chief Eric Peterson and Captain Dave Zaniboni were presented with an original painting depicting the Thomas Fire created by an artist with developmental disabilities. The Santa Barbara Police Department also received cust... Read More

PathPoint Launches Project SEARCH with Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo

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(May 4, 2018) PathPoint and Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo announced the launch of the first Project SEARCH work-immersion program for young adults with developmental disabilities in San Luis Obispo County. Four interns began their one-year program that combines daily work experience at the Embassy Suites and PathPoint classroom instruction on skills such as interviewing, all in preparation for competitive employment.  The interns rotate through various departments such as engineering, housekeepi... Read More

People First Advocacy: Using Their Unique Voice

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(March 29, 2018) People First of California is among a worldwide network of self-advocacy groups for individuals with learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities. Among the most active groups is the People First chapter in San Luis Obispo.  Their goal is to support peers in speaking up for themselves, knowing their rights and responsibilities, and solving problems. Liz, a PathPoint participant, and current Vice-President of the People First chapter, has worked with the ... Read More

The Life-Changing Power of Assistive Technology

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(March 28, 2018) While most of us appreciate the positive role technology plays in our lives, for individuals with disabilities it can be life-changing. “Assistive technology is the new frontier,” said Gil Trevino, PathPoint’s Community Integration Manager.  “A child can now say to a parent ‘I love you’ with the help of an assortment of software applications, such as text-to-speech.” Greig had limited verbal abilities prior to working with PathPoint’... Read More

PathPoint Honors Yardi with Community Partnership Award

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(February 5, 2018)  PathPoint announced it has awarded Yardi with a Community Partnership Award in recognition of the company’s 10 years of support for PathPoint’s programs for adults with disabilities in Santa Barbara. “Yardi’s generous grants over the past decade have enabled us to bring the latest assistive technology and resources to individuals with disabilities—helping them communicate with their families, access Internet resources, and engage with the world,” said... Read More

Together: Facing the Thomas Fire

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(January 23, 2018) The Thomas Fire that started in Ventura County on December 4, 2017 and spread to Santa Barbara County turned into California’s largest recorded wildfire, burning through more than 280,000 acres.  At its peak, more than 8,500 firefighters battled the blaze.  Amidst the evacuation orders, loss of homes and structures, school closures, and extremely poor air quality that stretched from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles County, and additional fires that hit parts of Los Angeles, many ... Read More

PathPoint Welcomes New CFO Juliette Ugartechea

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(November 7, 2017)  PathPoint announced the appointment of Juliette Ugartechea as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the fiscal health and management of the nonprofit's $26 million annual operating budget. Juliette will oversee finance, accounting, and information technology. Founded in 1964, PathPoint is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities or vulnerabilities live successful, independent lives. The organization employs nearly 500 full-time and part-time staff, operates in 24 sites incl... Read More

PathPoint Presents Kaiser Permanente with Excellence in Employment Award from the California Disability Services Association

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(November 1, 2017)  PathPoint presented Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center with an Excellence in Employment Award from the California Disability Services Association in recognition of its strong record of employing persons with developmental disabilities. Kaiser Permanente has worked with PathPoint's Project SEARCH internship program for young adults with development disabilities for two years, and hired eight PathPoint participants at the conclusion of the program into permanent jobs in the Cent... Read More
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