Pathways to Independence, Inc. was founded in September, 2003 in response to a need for employment consultants for Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS). We have been serving ticket holders through the Ticket to Work Program since 2008. Kathy Friesen Holmquist, President, is a recognized expert in the field of Corporate Human Resources Employment and Employee Relations. She has served as an advocate for people with disabilities and is a parent of an adult daughter with disabilities. She has learned how to listen, mentor, and enable people with challenges to dream big dreams. She is a past Board Member and Chair of the Marketing Committee for the National Employment Network Association.
It really is all about a journey and a relationship we form with our clients. We work with them if they return to work full time for 3-1/2 to 5 years. We are there as a professional coach, benefits counselor, an employee/employer relations coach (to both manager and employee), career developer, and just a listening ear! Our strengths are that we build a relationship, we help them navigate a very difficult maze through changing Social Security benefits when they start earning money, we help them find the right employer, and we stay with them to help them succeed.
Under the Ticket to Work Program, Pathways provides career counseling, job acquisition tools, job accommodation planning, supervisor – employee relationship development, on-going professional coaching and Social Security Benefits assistance.
Pathways partners with the Social Security Administration through the Ticket to Work Program; and Self Determination Resources, Inc., an agency that provides services to people with Developmental Disabilities. Disability Rights Oregon provides Certified Work Incentive Coordination and benefits counseling for SSDI and SSI beneficiaries for Pathways.
Pathways is also developing an independent living program for individuals moving into their own apartment after transitioning from at-home living with family. For the last seven years she has been piloting a program with several women who have been in various states of transitional living. This program will enable parents to prepare their transition students for living on their own after finishing school or leaving a supported living situation.
A few of the industries where our clients have been placed:
- Hospital and health care
- Truck Parts and Electronics Manufacturing
- Metal Fabrication
- Direct Caregiving
- General Contracting
- Electronics and software development
- Electrical Contracting
- Corporate Food Service
- Fitness and Health
- Restaurant and Grocery
- Accounting and Financial
- Child Care Centers
- Customer Service and Call Centers
- Non Profit
- Janitorial and Floor Care
- Warehousing and Order Entry
- Self Publishing
- Personal Care
- Apprenticeship Program
- Self Employment