Pathway Pays it Forward: Jesse Tree

Paying it forward recognizes the gratitude we feel for what has come our way, and the compassion we have for those in need. We’re all in this together, and we are energized by innovative ideas that continue to inspire us all.  Two of Pathway’s core values are care and community, and it is our pleasure to lift up nonprofits throughout the region who demonstrate these values in fulfilling their mission. We will feature one nonprofit in each of Pathway’s monthly newsletters, and the featured nonprofit will receive a $250 donation from Pathway. Nominate an organization who inspires you by sending an email to with the organization’s name and a few lines about their work.

This edition’s Pay it Forward recipient is: Jesse Tree of Idaho, for their dedication to preventing homelessness in Treasure Valley.

Jesse Tree helps people before they become homeless, providing temporary financial assistance and intensive assistance/referrals and case management to keep families housed. Jesse Tree was founded 20 years ago out of conversations with people experiencing homelessness. Members of the community talked to people living outside and uncovered the same pattern in each story: people had experienced a temporary financial crisis, lacked support, and were evicted. If people had received a hand up during their crisis, they never would have become homeless in the first place. Jesse Tree is Treasure Valley’s only eviction and homeless prevention-focused organization working on the front lines of the housing crisis, providing support, emergency rental assistance, and legal aid to low-income neighbors who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis and facing eviction. Jesse Tree serves the highest need households who are most likely to be evicted and become homeless through this program, and many households are in need of intensive support. Even so, over 97% of tenants served by this program over the past three years remain housed.