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Dancing to End Hunger and Homelessness!

Dancing to End Hunger and Homelessness!

We’re counting down the days until June 30th, when Pathways of Hope will host our second annual Look Who’s Dancing fundraising event!

On Thursday, June 30th, at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre, seven prominent people of Orange County will compete in a dance competition to raise funds to end hunger and homelessness. The seven dancers hail from a diverse array of backgrounds, including faith communities, the arts, the health care industry, businesses, and educational institutions. None are professional dancers, and yet all have donated their time, talents, and tenacity to learning and performing a dance routine because they believe in the mission of Pathways of Hope.

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Take a look at our Look Who’s Dancing Dancers:

LWD Duncan

Rev. Duncan McColl is the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton.

LWD Kareena

Kareena Kirlew is an employee of Geico and serves on Pathways of Hope’s HOPE Committee.

LWD Tricia

Tricia Lively served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Pathways of Hope and continues to support the Fullerton community through a variety of channels.

LWD Stephen

Stephen John is a Founding Ensemble Member of Orange County based Alchemy Theater Company and the Director and Co-Creator of Alchemy Du Fromage.

LWD Sue

Sue Goellrich is the principal at Walnut Elementary School in La Habra.

LWD Troy

Troy Hanson is an account manager for ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings.

LWD Rachel

Rachel Torres is the Admissions Director at Park Vista Health Center, located in Fullerton.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available for individuals and businesses who would like to support Pathways of Hope’s quest to end hunger and homelessness. Many of the sponsorships come with complimentary tickets to the event and VIP seating. Questions about sponsorships? Contact Alycia Capone by calling (714) 680-3691 ext. 202 or emailing alycia.capone@pathwaysofhope.us.

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William’s First Haircut

William’s First Haircut

Last week, one-year old William received his very first haircut at Pathways of Hope. His mother, Jane, held him as our volunteer stylist, Alysha Walker, carefully cut his fine strawberry-blonde hair.

Who is Alysha Walker and how did she become involved with Pathways of Hope?

Alysha is a hairstylist at Salon Technique in Fullerton. After a long day of work, she decided to treat herself to a burger at In N Out, where she struck up a conversation with another woman while waiting in line. That woman was Kathy Schuster, the Founder and Executive Director of the Fullerton nonprofit CareerWise. CareerWise is one of Pathways’ partners, offering free career counseling services to homeless clients at Pathways’ HUB of Hope.

“We were talking about what we do for a living,” said Alysha, “And I told her that I had been having volunteering on my mind. She said, ‘It would be great if you could donate haircuts,’ and I said, ‘That would be awesome.'” Kathy connected Alysha with Pathways of Hope’s Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Somerville, and now Alysha visits Pathways of Hope’s every Wednesday to provide free haircuts for our shelter residents.

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Alysha treasures the relationships she’s building with Pathways’ shelter residents, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to utilize her skills as a stylist to help people in need. “I feel like I’m helping them and they’re helping me,” she said. Jayson Schivley, a Case Manager at Pathways’ New Vista Shelter, said, “I think it means the world to our residents to receive a haircut from a quality hairstylist.”

Little William learned to walk on Pathways’ campus, and now that he has received his first haircut here, he has achieved another milestone at Pathways of Hope. Soon his family will move into permanent housing, and William will achieve new milestones in a home of his own.

If you are looking for a new hairstylist and would like to contact Alysha, she can be reached at Salon Technique by calling (714) 482-5469.

Are you inspired by Alysha’s kindness and generosity?
Do you want to make a difference, but you don’t have time to volunteer?

You can rebuild lives of those in need by donating to Pathways of Hope. Consider becoming a Sustaining Partner by signing up to make a monthly donation and help homeless families like William’s all year round. 

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