Family Services - Respite and In-Home Services

At Pathways to Community (PTC), we take great pride in our relationship-centered approach to services and the opportunity to make a difference every day in the lives of the individuals we serve. The PTC Family Services program offers a number of waivered service options and opportunities that are each grounded in our relationship and person-centered approach to services.

Below is an overview of services provided by the PTC Family Services Program.  For more information regarding any of the services identified below please contact Michelle Newman, PTC Director of Family Services. Michelle can be reached at 651-641-4009 ext. 3 or michellen@pathwaystocommunity.com.

Service Radius

We currently serve parts of Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Dakota County. Due to limited staffing resources we are not able take new referrals or complete intakes for individuals who reside in Washington County. Please contact Michelle to see if your individual lives within our service radius. We will evaluate our ability to expand the service radius as we are able to gauge the strength of our workforce and our ability to recruit staff that can serve other areas of the metro.

PTC Clubhouse

All programs have access to the PTC Clubhouse which is a fun and functional space where individuals can participate in a variety of activities. Individuals who attend any of our Family Services Programs will have the opportunity to enjoy this space. 

Primary Clubhouse Activities

Cooking Classes: The Clubhouse is equipped with a full kitchen which will allow individuals the opportunity to participate in cooking classes and have fun baking and cooking with the help of staff.

Exercise: The Clubhouse has an exercise space that includes exercise equipment such as a treadmill, recumbent bike, and Bowflex. The exercise space has plenty of room for fun group exercise activities such as yoga, exercise videos, Zumba, etc. Ultimately, individuals will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of exercise options of their choosing.

Crafts/Games: The Clubhouse has a space where individuals can participate in a variety of different crafts, group games, and sensory activities.

Game Room: The Clubhouse has a space with a ping pong table, foo's ball, air hockey, basketball shoot-out, and other fun games.

Movie Room: The Club house has leisure space with multiple couches and a T.V. where folks can enjoy a movie with their peers.

PTC Club Respite

PTC Club is an afternoon/evening respite program which provides individuals the opportunity to engage in a fun social event/activity with other peers. PTC’s Direct Care Professionals (DSP’s) will pick-up the participant from their identified pick-up location (e.g. school, DT&H, home) and transport them to the event/activity that has been designated for the day. The PTC DSPs accompany the individuals throughout the duration of the activity, dinner, and then transport them home after.

Some examples of activities include but are not limited to: hanging out at the Clubhouse, bowling, working out, movies or water parks.  Activities/events are sent out on an activity calendar months In advance and the individual then has the opportunity to sign up for the days they want to attend.

Learn more about the PTC Club Respite Program.

PTC Weekend Respite

The PTC Weekend program is a weekend respite opportunity which provides individuals the opportunity to experience a fun overnight get-a-way with other peers. Much like the Club program, individuals will have the opportunity to engage in an event/activity during the day with their peers.  However, the fun does not stop once dinner and the activity are over. After the activity, they head back to the hotel. Once there, they can choose to swim, watch movies, play games or just hang out and relax while socializing with friends in the group. Individuals share a queen size bed with one other individual of the same gender. On Sunday morning, the group has breakfast provided by the hotel; after which staff provide transportation for the individual back to their home.

Some examples of activities include but are not limited to: hanging out at the Clubhouse, bowling, The Science Museum, Sporting events, Water Park of America, The MN Zoo, The Renaissance Festival and so many more! Weekend activities vary from weekend to weekend on a quarterly cycle.  PTC also offers quarterly dances to all individuals who receive PTC services, which are always a big hit.

Learn more about PTC's Weekend Respite Program.

PTC Summer Camp Respite

The PTC Summer Camp is a special program that is only offered in June, July, and August. Summer Camp is a day time respite opportunity which much like our Club and Weekend programs, provides individuals the opportunity to engage in an event/activity during the day with other peers. Summer Camp provides a variety of different activities that vary throughout the week.

Some examples of activities include but are not limited to: hanging out at the Clubhouse, bowling aquatic center, scavenger hunts, beaches, museums, parks, zoos, movies, volunteer opportunities, fairs, nature centers, and many more.

Learn more about PTC's Summer Camp Respite Program.

Please note that all respite programs, may operate at a 1:4 staffing ratio (one staff to every four participants). As a result, it is important that each individual participating in the program is able to be successful in a 1:4 staffing ratio.

PTC In-Home Family Supports and Independent Living Skills Training

PTC In-Home family supports, and ILS service is a one-to-one (1:1) habilitation support service provided in the individuals own home, in the community, or the PTC Clubhouse. Staff work with the individual to develop and practice independent living skills. Each individual has a service plan and objectives tailored to fit their needs and help them reach their goals.

Learn more about PTC's One-to-One offerings.