Yearly Recap – 2015

Happy family with foster children in the forest

Since our founding in 2008, Pathways for Little Feet has helped over 330 orphaned children join permanent loving families through our interest-free loan program. This year we celebrated two “firsts” for our organization.

For the first time in our history, we have had over $1,000,000 come back into our Perpetual Family Fund through loan repayments. That’s $1 million that Pathways Families have funneled back into new loans for new children to join new families.

To understand the significance of this “first”, consider this Pathways family’s story. Christopher and Marena Nachtigall were able to adopt their son Cohen because Pathways provided an interest-free loan to them. They were able to pay off their loan by making comfortable monthly payments. The Nachtigall’s had this to say about Pathways, “Cohen is such a sweet boy, and we are so thankful that his birth parents chose adoption. We are also so thankful for Pathways whose mission is to make adoption more affordable for couples like us. We could have never made this happen on our own. Cohen is a gift in so many ways, and we are grateful to everyone who helped bring Cohen into our family.” Because the Nachtigall’s have paid off their loan, Pathways was able to reuse those funds and help another family –the MacIntyre’s.

The MacIntyre’s had this to say after they adopted their daughter Cecilia, “Pathways was so generous in letting us repay our loan in monthly payments that we could afford. We were so excited to pay it in full, knowing that those funds would be used to help another family wanting to adopt.” The MacIntyre’s have also repaid their loan, and in doing so, they are helping another Pathways Family.

$1 million has come back into our fund through loan repayments. Our Pathways Families have reinvested over $1 million back into other families. That is a model of success, and we celebrate it!

The second “first” for Pathways was that for the first time in our history we have fully committed our Perpetual Family Fund. That means that every dollar that we currently have in the fund is already committed to an adoptive family. Demand has overtaken our supply! We are so thankful to be in a position to be faithful stewards of the financial resources that have been given to Pathways. As always, every dollar is being used for its intended purpose, and lives are being changed for the better.

But this “first” provides a unique challenge as well. We are committed to continuing to provide interest-free loans for adoptive families. Our desire is to expand this work. We anticipate that approximately $250,000 will return to the Perpetual Family Fund through loan repayments in 2016. Through those repayments, we anticipate being able to make 33 loans to adoptive families in 2016. That is wonderful work; however, we believe we can do more, and we need your help to do it.

Our overall goal is 50 loans in 2016. In order for us to be able to help those additional families in 2016, we must raise $250,000 before the end of this year. Will you consider helping us reach our goal? Your year-end tax-deductible gift to Pathways will allow us to help an at least 50 orphaned children join loving families. Through our proven stewardship model, your gift will continue to recycle over and over again as families pay back the loan that your gift helped provide.

There are several ways to give.

– A response card and an addressed and postage-paid envelope is included in this newsletter. You can put your gift in the mail to our Houston office.

– You can donate here on our website (www.pathwaysforlittlefeet.org). Just click on the “Donate” tab and follow the easy-to-use options.

Thank you so much for giving and making the dream of a forever family a reality for 33 additional children!

The 2015 Pathways Team