Jim Hollandsworth co-founded The Path Project with his wife, Melinda, and serves as Executive Director. Jim earned a BA in History from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Divinity from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. He served for 9 years on the pastoral staff at Graystone Church before becoming the full-time Executive Director of The Path Project. Jim leads the staff team, handles operations, raises funds, and casts vision for the organization’s development and expansion. He and Melinda are members at Graystone and have two children, Kate and Will.
Melinda Hollandsworth co-founded The Path Project with her husband, Jim. Melinda earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and later earned her certification in Special Education. She worked as a classroom teacher for six years and then as a resource teacher for children with autism for three years. She has written curriculum, trained volunteers, and led camps for churches and other organizations in the U.S. and overseas in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and South Africa. Melinda’s primary responsibility is to oversee all programs and guide and encourage The Path Project’s community directors.
The Path Project is a community development organization that seeks to break the cycle of suburban poverty in low-income mobile home parks that are home to mostly Mexican immigrant families. Many challenges face children in these parks, but the biggest obstacle to rising out of poverty is that the majority of teens do not graduate high school. The Path Project offers literacy and mentoring programs aimed at reducing this dropout rate and producing first generation high school and college graduates. Launched in response to one child asking for homework help, The Path Project began in the Gwinnett Estates Mobile Home Park in Loganville, GA in 2010. It has since grown into an independent organization serving over 500 children in seven mobile home parks in GA and TN.