Our Mission

The mission of New Pathways for Children is to minister to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of at-risk children in a Christ-like atmosphere.

Our Philosophy

Moral and spiritual values are the foundation for all we do. We believe that every child is created in the image of God and loved unconditionally by Him.   We seek to be used by God to bring healing and hope to young lives.

Kids Hurt

In our world many children are neglected and abandoned by those who are responsible for caring for them.

In America, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than four children die each day from abuse.

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations.

Abused children often respond with anger, fear, discouragement, and feelings of hopelessness.

Children are not being valued in our society the way God intended!

In America, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than four children die each day from abuse.

We Heal

The vision of New Pathways is to bring hope to children in crisis.

We rescue children out of their harmful environments and place them in a safe and loving home where we can instill in them a sense of hope and belonging.

Each child is served by a competent and caring staff of case managers, social workers, and licensed counselors. Our treatment includes individual and family therapy and life skills development.

You Help

We couldn’t do it without you! New Pathways depends on volunteers and donations from individuals, churches, and other organizations to help us operate.

Look here, for more information on how to Partner With Us.

Our History

New Pathways began in 1990 when concerned Christians in Western Kentucky were moved with compassion and motivated by love to provide better care for neglected, abandoned, and hurting 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, Kentucky for the purpose of constructing a children’s home dedicated to providing care for boys in a Christian environment.  The Gardner campus is a beautiful reminder of God’s creative and healing power.  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 with accommodations for up 12 children and the Schmidt building with living space for 12 children along with 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.


When you give to New Pathways you are doing more than helping us provide shelter, food, and clothing to needy children. You are giving hope to an innocent child living in a broken world and spreading the good news of Jesus.



PO Box 10
Melber, KY 42069