Board Member – Pathways Vermont

Pathways Vermont
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Organization Description
Pathways Vermont is a non-profit organization, established in 2010, with a mission to end homelessness in Vermont and provide innovative mental health alternatives. We value individual choice and self-determination, trauma-informed relationships and spaces, harm reduction, peer support, community integration, respect and compassion, and center these values in our work. We are statewide with programs including Housing First, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, the Pathways Vermont Support Line, the Pathways Vermont Community Center, and the Pathways Vermont Training Institute. We also operate Soteria House, a 5-bed Therapeutic Community Residence, the only program of its kind in the country. We have a relationship-first practice, meaning we value lived experience and recognize each person as their own expert. We foster connection through empathy and authenticity. All employees are trained in Intentional Peer Support, framing each relationship with staff and service recipients through lenses of mutuality, trust, compassion, and autonomy.
Organization's Approach to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion

Our internal Justice, Equity, and Universal Access (JEUA) Committee, formed in 2018, worked collaboratively in 2022 to revamp our all-staff training curriculum to focus on interactive training highlighting our agency values.

The JEUA Committee meets monthly. It continually evaluates our hiring practices and the holidays we recognize as an organization, and develops support for BIPOC staff and board members that are responsive to the individual and their work at Pathways Vermont. In 2022, the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Association (AORTA) hosted a 2-hour online racial justice training that was required for all staff and available to board members. This training on Uprooting White Supremacy was designed to unpack the subtle ways that white supremacy tends to show up inside organizations working to do good.

So far in 2023, the JEUA Committee has held a two-day, Anti-Racism training facilitated by the Technical Assistance Collaborative's Racial Equity Action Lab that was required for all staff. We also had Environmental Justice training from the Peace and Justice Center, Health at Every Size training, and Disability Justice Training through Disability Rights Vermont. These trainings, available to board members, are part of Pathways' all-staff curriculum, an effort to create and sustain a community and culture that openly investigates bias and seeks to dismantle oppressive ideologies and systems.

Board Terms and Term Limits
Board terms are 3 years, no term limits.
Frequency & Duration of Board Meetings
Meetings are quarterly for two hours with hybrid of in-person and virtual, and an annual in-person board retreat.
Stipends for Board Membership
Yes, a stipend is available
If Interested, Send Letter of Interest to the Following Point of Contact:
Wright Cronin, Board Chair
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