A timeline of the path we have traveled
Pathways For Change Inc.
Rape Crisis Program of Worcester Established
Pathways for Change, Inc. was established in 1973 as the Rape Crisis Program of Worcester
Rape Crisis Program of Worcester Incorporated
The Rape Crisis Program of Worcester was incorporated in 1981.
New Reach, New Name
Expanded our services to include more towns and renamed to The Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts.
Pathways For Change, Inc. Established
After deep introspection, we changed our name once more to reflect our renewed focus and dedication to our Mission.
Pathways for Change, Inc. was established in 1973 as the Rape Crisis Program of Worcester and incorporated in 1981.
In 1993, having expanded beyond the City of Worcester to our current service area (47 cities and towns in the Greater Worcester, Leominster/Fitchburg and Gardner areas), we changed our name to The Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts.
The Agency recognized in 2010 that the needs of our community in addressing this issue had changed.
Following a period of introspection and surveying our clients and community, the Agency was reborn in August, 2011 as Pathways for Change, Inc. with a renewed focus and dedication to our Mission.
With a long standing record of accomplishments and a commitment to reaching the diverse communities within Central Massachusetts, Pathways is proudly one of the leading rape crisis centers in Massachusetts and has served as an example of promising practices nationally.
Since opening our doors in 1973, Pathways has been committed to the development of comprehensive services to the communities within our service area. These services include 24 hour crisis intervention, support groups, counseling and advocacy for Survivors of sexual assault and abuse as well as prevention education, professional training and community outreach.
We operate from a community-organizing model, realizing that real solutions to sexual violence must involve a wide range of community involvement. This is the underlying philosophy of our volunteer program as well as our work with neighborhoods, organizations, churches, schools, and collaborations with other agencies. Community organizing includes providing assistance in the aftermath of sexual assault while at the same time building our community’s competency to prevent it in a proactive and coordinated manner.