Help Richmond’s Pathways take care of business

If you’ve ever thought of your business giving back to the community and have a particular penchant for helping with mental wellness, then Pathways Clubhouse in Richmond has a free event tailor-made for you.

The mental wellness non-profit is hosting on April 18 its 4th Annual Taking Care of Business Breakfast at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel on Westminster Highway.

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And, if previous years are anything to go by, interested businesses should get their tickets fast before it sells out.

The event, with its complimentary breakfast, is primarily held as a nod to Pathways’ employment partners – who provide jobs for Pathways’ members.

It also provides an opportunity for businesses to learn about the very real benefits of giving a leg up to someone struggling with mental illness.

“This is the fourth year and it seems to get more popular every year, we sold out last year with close to 300 people there,” said Pathways member Mike Tibbles.

“It’s not really a fundraiser, although we’re always open to receiving donations. It’s more about giving back to the community and recognizing the support we receive.

“It allows (businesses) to see how they can help our members in the community who are struggling with mental illness and it also provides them with an employee without any absenteeism.”

Tibbles explained that a Pathways staff member learns the job being offered first, then trains the member and, if the member cannot work for whatever reason, the staff member steps in to fill the void.

“It’s usually entry-level positions; it’s transitional employment,” added Tibbles.

The free event, sponsored by Heatherbrae Builders, goes April 18 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. RSVP to Info@PathwaysClubhouse.com by April 9.

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