The New Path receives a 4 out 4 star rating as a non-profit charity

Charity NavigatorOn July 1 Charity Navigator updated their reports on non-profit organizations. New Path received a rating of 4 out of 4, we could not have done so without the people who serve, donate and continue to pray for our organization. To God be the glory, he has blessed our work since we were conceived in 2001.

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It’s Time to Share!

The time bank has been active now since February of 2015, since the beginning it has grown to over 50 members and we haven’t promoted it yet to the families we serve through other New Path Ministries.

Timebank Promo

Brenda Donnelly from BAD Press, has donated her time and talents to create a video to share some of the stories of the time bank.

Brenda posts on her Facebook: “Had a great day shooting a promo video for New Path Outreach’s new project–The Time Bank. It’s an alternative economy which helps low income and no income individuals share their time and talents in exchange for products and services from other Time Bank members. So excited to help this project gain momentum! — with Renae Eshelman at Fort McKinley.”

Some stories featured in the video are how members have utilized the bank to provide products such as homemade Bread, homemade lasagna, a Southwest casserole, decorated cakes, and many more. The time bank also had members who provide services such as lawn care, oil changes, manicures & pedicures and transportation and list just keeps growing. As of early June the bank members have performed a total of 194 transaction. “It’s a perfect model of neighbors helping neighbors” say’s Sherry Loschi, Community Manager. Sherry tells us, “We all have the opportunity to share the gifts and talents God has naturally given us, as well as knowledge we’ve learned. Seth Stormer, a time bank member, offers his knowledge of the Medicare system to help seniors understand the different options for health care coverage and can help them make the best choice based on their individual health needs.”

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We get the same question over and over from people, what is the time bank? The best answer we’ve heard was from bank member Kathi Sitzman, “I tell my friends it’s like bartering on steroids.” And it is very much like that, the bank is actually a community of people who have agreed to share what they have with other members- there is no facility such as a”bank”, however, the web site is a tool for members to pay for products and services they receive with time they have earned helping someone else. The web page is a tool to track their own transactions and see the balance of time they have and connect with other members. In the time bank the currency is time, and everyone has time, and an ability or knowledge they can share with others. Members can post “offers” as well as “wishes”. Offers are described as a product or a service you have and are willing to offer, and a Wish is described as something you wish you could get from someone else. Cassy  has a carpet cleaner she is willing to loan out, and Sarah has a wish borrow a carpet cleaner, it is her wish. The web site shows both the offer and the wish and as members they can search and negotiate how to connect with each other, that how it works. The web page provides a safe place to communicate about the transaction. The Bank does require members providing transportation to people to have a BMV check and child care givers to have a background check. “We want our members to feel safe and be safe.” Sherry explains.

Community gatherings sponsored by the bank’s steering committee open opportunities for members to get to know each other through a social events. In May of 2015 there was a Pizza Party called “It’s about time we got together” was a fun filled night of games, Pizza & snacks brought to share, and door prizes. Nearly half of the community was present and a good time was had by all. We look forward to where God leads us on this journey of loving our neighbors and being loved and cared for by our neighbors.

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2014 Annual Report Now Available

New Path has recently published our 2014 Annual Report.  This report outlines our organization’s activities for 2014 and will hopefully give our readers and supporters a better sense of not only the numbers we are achieving, but the stories of the lives being changed behind those numbers.  Click the below link to download our report.

New Path Annual Report 2014

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Give purpose to your holiday purchases by supporting New Path!

  1. Shop at Kroger

Did you know you can support New Path by registering your Kroger Rewards Card to designate New Path as your rewards agency? With the holidays approaching and many food purchases to make, it’s a vital time to connect your card to a purposeful purchase. Every time you buy food, Kroger donates to New Path- check out this link to learn how. Be sure to share this with your friends and family for a real impact!

Step 1: Go to www.kroger.com
Step 2: Create an account
Step 3: Register your Kroger Plus Card
Step 4: Edit the Community Rewards section of your account
Step 5: Enter New Path’s organization number- 83247
Step 6: Select New Path and click SAVE

Now every time you shop at Kroger, Kroger will give back to New Path!

2. Shop Online

Make your purchases matter. The United Methodist church has set up a market place in which your online purchases can produce donations for New Path. Check out the website to see all the stores that participate in the program including Kohls, Barnes & Noble, Kay Jewelers, Old Navy, Amazon and so much more!

3. Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support New Path Outreach every time you shop on Amazon (much like the Kroger Community Rewards Program). It costs nothing but a few minutes to designate New Path as your charity. Instead of shopping at the regular Amazon site you will shop at smile.amazon.com. You will find the same items for sale as on the regular site and the same low prices, but you’ll experience an extra bonus as Amazon Smile will donate a portion of the purchase price to New Path.

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Neighbors helping Neighbors ~ New Path

Fort McKinley Homes Project 2January 14, 2013 (Dayton, Ohio) – The Fort McKinley neighborhood in Harrison Township, Montgomery, Ohio is the recipient of more than $3 million of federal stimulus money through the NeighborhoodStabilization Program (NSP). Harrison Township neighbors can see how that money is working to improve their neighborhood on Monday, January 14 at 1pm during a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of several of the 25 Energy Star Homes that will be officially available.

Federal stimulus money is awarded to locations around the United States that have the best chance of success. Obtaining the NSP funds was no easy task for the Fort McKinley Homes Program and took the cooperation of TEN partners, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Montgomery County, COUNTY CORP, Oberer Residential Construction, Ltd., The Oberer Thompson Company, Ginghamsburg Church/The New Path, Inc., Harrison Township and KeyBank.

Greg Smith with Oberer Land Developers, Ltd. explained why this unusual partnership was successful. Smith explained, “There is fierce competition for stimulus dollars, and our group had already applied and been denied twice for federal grant funding. It was only when we partnered with the Fort McKinley Campus of Ginghamsburg Church and The New Path, Inc. that we were awarded NSP funds. Ginghamsburg brought a connection with the neighborhood and its residents while New Path brought a holistic approach to urban renewal. Combining the high quality of these homes with the support and stability factors made a strong case for the Fort McKinley Homes Program.”

Each home has at least 1,619 square feet. Six are 4-bedroom ADA compliant homes with 2-car attached garages and the remaining 19 include a full basement and 1-car attached garage. All homes meet the Energy Star rating requirements and have received certification from the Enterprise Green Communities Program and are expected to be completed by April 2013.

The families selected for the Fort McKinley Homes Project will pay rent structured to be affordable to households earning 50% of the area median income and will start out at less than $600 per month; any increases will be restricted based on increases to area median income. Families rent for 15 years and in year 15 have the option to purchase the home at a reduced acquisition price determined by HomeStart, which will be affordable to that resident to acquire (as required by OHFA Lease-Purchase Program requirements).

Fort McKinley Homes Project participants will be supported through Jobs for Life, as well as have access to year-round GED programs. A program called Heavenly Housekeeping will help the new tenants get a handle on organization and upkeep of their new properties. All of the programs are located at the Fort McKinley Campus of Ginghamsburg Church. New Path Executive Director Marcia Florkey explained why New Path and Ginghamsburg Church became involved. “Our goal as a part of the Fort McKinley neighborhood is to make it one of the best neighborhoods in Montgomery County—a place where families grow together and support each other in a safe and healthy community. The partnership with COUNTY CORP, Harrison Township and Oberer is a natural fit with our common goal and great teamwork,” said Florkey.

Cheundra Cooley is excited to begin her new life with the Fort McKinley Homes Program. Ms. Cooley shared, “This is such an amazing program. I feel truly blessed to have qualified for a Fort McKinley home.” Those interested in being added to the waiting list may contact Oberer Property Management at 937-226-1415 or . Those contacted from the waiting list are asked to complete an application with several screening components.

Each Energy Star Certified home comes with a stove, refrigerator, disposal, microwave and dishwasher.

Funding Sources & Amounts
Funding Source Amount
Ohio Housing Finance Agency – Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (NSP) $2,000,000
Montgomery County – Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (NSP) $1,440,000
Ohio Equity Fund (Federal Tax Credits) $1,388,019
Key Bank $350,000 Permanent Loan
Construction Loan $1,096,559
Deferred developer fee $190,337
Total Project Cost +$5 million
*Harrison Township and Montgomery County also provides 10-year property tax abatement.
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