New Pathways for Children is a 501(c)3 Christian ministry dedicated to caring for children during times of crisis by providing residential care and supportive services to children in need. They operate a 25-acre campus in Melber with two residential homes for children ages 4-12.
Their annual Trivia Night is one of the largest fund raising events each year. Everyone is invited to come and test your brain power and memory at this fun evening. The event will take place on February 23, at Lone Oak Church of Christ, from 6-9 pm. Although admission will be free, donations are requested.
The night includes refreshments, a silent auction, and little healthy competition. There will be prizes for the “Grand Champ” and “Best Table Decor”. This year’s emcee is WPSD’s weather personality, Trent Okerson. Organizers will provide drinks, desserts, and popcorn, but teams are also welcome to bring their own snacks. Each team may have a maximum of eight players.
This event typically raises about $10,000 through donations, sponsors, and the silent auction. The silent auction items are always creative and popular. This year they include a signed hockey puck by Mattias Ekholm of the Nashville Predators, a YaYa’s Island prize pack, 3-day Kayak rental from Hooper’s and much more!
New Pathways for Children
The mission of NP is to minister to the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of at-risk children in a Christ-like atmosphere.Their vision is to bring hope to children in crisis.
New Pathways began in 1990 when concerned Christians in western Kentucky were moved with compassion to provide better care for neglected and abandoned children. The first home for girls was sponsored by Tennessee Children’s Home and established in Reidland under the name West Kentucky Children’s Home.
Two years later, Eldon and Emma Belle Gardner donated a 27 acre tract of land near Melber so that NP could construct a children’s home. It was dedicated to providing care for boys in a Christian environment. New Pathways for Children was granted their autonomy in 1996 and for many years served girls in Reidland and boys in Melber.
The Melber location consists of an administrative services office building, the Gardner house and the Schmidt building. There is also a full gymnasium and large kitchen. Emma Belle’s Haven at The Gardner center is the location of our newest home completed in 2014 with room for 14 children. New Pathways is a private referral agency able to take care of children when a family needs help in a time of crisis. The organization currently serves 18 children.