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Tuesday, Nov 19 2013 06:00 AM

Mountain Pathways raising $6,000 for Disneyland trip

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Staff member Patsy Venegas coaches a group of clients Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Mountain Pathways. Students are taught a number of adaptive living skills through the program. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Mountain Pathways, a private, non-profit organization that teaches "community-based" functional and self-help skills for adults with developmental disabilities, is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to send its clients to Disneyland in the spring of 2014.

The organization has already raised $5000 of the $6000 needed through a number of local sponsorships and fundraisers. The money raised will provide transportation and food for the trip.

Program Manager Deborah Brown said they currently have 32 clients, ages 18 and older, as well as 10 people on staff.

Mountain Pathways has hosted a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tehachapi for the last 15 years. Prior to partnering with its current parent organization, Community Support Options, Inc., Mountain Pathways was overseen by BARC, a non-profit organization based in Bakersfield.

CSO is a group based in Wasco that "provides day program, paid employment, in-home, and residential services to adults with developmental disabilities throughout Kern County." CSO has been partnered with Mountain Pathways for the last seven years.

Mountain Pathways teaches its clients a number of "adaptive living skills," such as money management, reading skills, and public safety training.

The clients themselves manage each fundraiser, which gives them an opportunity to not only employ the adaptive living skills that they acquire, but also play a direct role in the earning the funds that they will enjoy.

Brown said a number of local businesses and organizations have shown their support, including the Knights of Columbus, Wood Family Funeral Services, and Home Depot. On Saturday, Nov. 23, the clients of Mountain Pathways will be serving coffee and pie at Kelcy's Restaurant for $4. A portion of the proceeds will go to their planned Disneyland trip. For those interested, tickets can be purchased at Mountain Pathways, located at 311 W. "F" St., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Mountain Pathways will host a bake sale and raffle in front of Kmart beginning at 10 a.m.

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