Laura McDowell – Founder, Board Member and Volunteer
Pathway Resource Center’s mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ while providing life skills, risk avoidance education, and life-affirming pregnancy services to prevent or alleviate a lifestyle crisis. Pathway wrote its youth life skills and risk avoidance curriculum and was incorporated as a nonprofit in June 2020. They opened their pregnancy center in the Washington Community Center and began offering free pregnancy services this past April. “After a couple of years of promoting our curriculum and getting it out to various church youth groups, homeschool co-ops, and after-school programs across the nation (and even in another country), God opened the doors that allowed us to start providing free pregnancy services in a beautiful office space located inside the Washington Community Center,” Laura says. “Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples of all people groups. Pathway consists of a group of Christian volunteers from many denominational backgrounds doing just that. Our priority is to share the Gospel through the many services we provide.”
Pathway Resource Center offers a variety of free services to the community, including youth life skills and risk avoidance curriculum/classes; pregnancy services such as testing and ultrasounds; childbirth, baby care, and infant CPR classes; baby boutique; Community Vacation Bible School; making life disciples training information for churches; abstinence education for schools or churches; and post-abortion support. “The founders of Pathway all have backgrounds in providing crisis pregnancy services, and we wanted to write and present a curriculum for youth that would help them better understand the issues they were facing and equip them to make better choices in order to prevent a lifestyle crisis in the first place,” Laura says.
Within the first six months of opening, Pathway was able to serve 53 pregnancy center clients; 51 children attended their Community Vacation Bible School, and 129 students have been instructed in the Pathway Life Skills and Risk Avoidance curriculum for youth. In all, 233 clients and youth have heard the gospel or were prayed with. “We are very excited about teaching our curriculum to the Texas Middle School ACE after-school program students this past fall and plan to begin teaching again in January,” Laura says. “We have also taught youth at the Texarkana Arkansas Recreation Center, the Washington Community Center, and the Arkansas High Flex program.”
This holiday season, Pathway would benefit from having more teachers for the life skills and risk avoidance curriculum. Opportunities to teach are continuously arising, and they would like to reach as many youths as possible. If you are interested, please request a volunteer application. “In addition, monthly financial support would also help for budgeting purposes. We have a variety of services and, therefore, various costs to accomplish what we set out to do. Visit our website for an easy way to donate online,” Laura says. “We also have a three-day Christmas Vacation Bible School coming up during Christmas break. It will be held at the Washington Community Center. Please contact us if you would like to get involved with our organization or help in any of these ways.”
If you want to learn more about Pathway, please visit their website at www.pathwaytxk.org or call (870)-779-BABY (2229). You can also visit their location at 1900 Marietta St., Texarkana, Arkansas. The pregnancy center is open Monday from 4-7 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.