On October 15 in Chisinau, Moldova, 27 people gathered from various parts of the country to learn about a creative, collaborative process to bring people together to plan for a positive future. Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director of the Keystone Institute in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the United States, guided participants through this PATH process, which was originally created by John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint, and Marsha Forest. PATH is a planning tool used to assist people, families, teams, and organizations to design a positive future and make committed action steps toward that vision.
The participants had a background in a wide variety of interest areas and projects. Some worked to developed individualized community services, such as supported living, foster care, shared living, and community homes. Others worked toward family reunification and preservation or served on mobile support teams to support families in their homes. Others served people who have recently left institutions. Family members and people who serve economically vulnerable children and families also participated in the workshop, where they learned and practiced the powerful and unique PATH process of planning.
The group learned the method of developing a “PATH” for an inclusive Moldovan society that welcomes all people. They then had the opportunity to practice various roles as they formed a team to develop a PATH for one of the workshop participants. Everyone, including the recipient of the PATH, worked together to create a vision of the future for that one person.
It was a vibrant, engaging, exciting day, and participants left feeling as if this process will be of great use to them in helping people and those who love and assist them. Not only will the PATH process help people to support others to answer the question “What do I do tomorrow?” but it also creates a vision of a future full of promise and hope.