Providing Access to Help to Improve and Save Lives.
Providing Access To Help (PATH) began on the campus of Illinois State University in 1971 as a drug hotline. The service quickly grew to provide crisis response and later to add community resources and referrals.
PATH is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology and the national Alliance of Information and Referral Systems.
In 2009 PATH became a pilot site for 2-1-1 in McLean, Livingston and DeWitt Counties. PATH will be adding additional counties to our 2-1-1 calling area throughout 2012.
We average over 100,000 calls annually.
Over the years of service to the community our scope and services have widened but our underlying mission remains the same - connecting people to the help they need.
In addition to the crisis and referral hotline PATH provides services to senior citizens and the homeless.
Volunteering at PATH has been an incredibly enriching experience. I have learned so much about communication, human services and mental health by being a crisis line volunteer. I take every opportunity to become more involved at PATH including becoming an assistant volunteer trainer for new trainees because I love the organization. The training to be a crisis line volunteer is comprehensive and PATH is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology for its rigorous continuing education and stringent standards. By the end of the eight week training, you will be more than prepared to answer any call. Though sometimes challenging, volunteering at PATH has been a very rewarding experience. The staff are friendly and supportive and the work that PATH does is vital for my community as well as for surrounding communities that utilize PATH's services. PATH really does save and improve lives in so many ways.