Tom and Terri Murphy Foundation supports and facilitates the establishment of inclusive programs in Catholic high schools and colleges for motivated young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The Foundation assists in establishing inclusive programs, Pathways to Independence which provides students with a faith based high school and college experience, allowing them to fully explore and realize both their intellectual and personal potential.
The Foundation fosters growth toward independence through providing comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes vocational training with a focus upon independent living, psychological growth, effective use of leisure time, and creativity. During their education, Pathways students develop a variety of skills with the support of peer mentors – academically, socially, residentially, and spiritually for independent adulthood through a series of practical courses and internship field placements.
Our students live in the residence halls, enjoy using the campus dining hall, library, fitness center, and all other campus facilities alongside other undergraduates. They are full-fledged students who are growing toward independence in a Catholic, value centered environment.
Academics and electives
creative arts and writing, improvisational group, physical fitness, faith development
Social and psychological development
Effective communication strategies
Independent living skills
Medical world, pathways to health, food lab, personal finance, adult sexuality, consumer education, internet safety, current events, apartment living
Career and vocational preparedness
Introduction to the world of work, business services, early childhood, computer applications, work world seminar
Support students in their ongoing faith development through; community, service, liturgies, retreats and Campus Ministry.