Mental illness goes unnoticed, ignored, or kept a secret until it finds itself at an absolutely unimaginable dimension. A tragedy that often has loved ones looking back and questioning many things, but helpless in their current situation.

Patricia and Jessica Lutz

Pathway to Peace was founded from a tragic event that took the lives of Patricia and Jessica Lutz. But from that tragic event, loved ones of Patricia and Jessica found inspiration.

The Serenity Prayer talks about “accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.”

The Patricia and Jessica Lutz Foundation will help with leading people on a journey from hardship to peace.

Our Mission

The mission of Pathway to Peace is to keep the generous spirit of Patricia and Jessica alive by raising awareness and support for mental health treatment.

Our Inspiration

On October 12, 2014, Patricia and her youngest daughter, Jessica found peace with the Lord.

The beloved women were spending quality time together on a walk near their home in Cincinnati. Tragically, they were hit and killed by a vehicle driving off the side of the road.

At the scene of the accident the family found papers in the bushes. The papers were a copy of the “Novena to the Virgin Mary, Untier of Knots.” Patricia and Jessica were praying during that fateful walk.

We will never know what Patricia and Jessica were praying for during their final earthly walk. But we believe these women were praying for strength against mental illness and the struggles it presents. It is fitting that they were asking the Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God... “deliver us from the chains and confusion” ... “deliver us from the evil and untie the knots that keep us from uniting with God.”

Patricia Lutz Jessica Lutz

Patricia and Jessica both had a deep understanding of the trials and tribulations that come from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. This is why the family and friends are honored to help support mental health awareness and treatment program through the Pathway to Peace, The Patricia and Jessica Lutz Foundation.

Our Beneficiaries

Greater Cincinnati Behavorial Health Services

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB) is the most comprehensive mental health provider in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky serving people with mental illness and related barriers. GCB serves more than 13,000 people annually, and is fully certified and nationally accredited.

The Midnight Mission

The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Their emergency services, 12-step philosophy, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. They help remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. This conviction and commitment defines The Midnight Mission.

About Mental Illness

Mental illness ranks as one of the leading causes of disability in the world, with 2.5 times more Americans suffering from a major psychiatric disorder in their lifetime, compared with cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.

1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness this year.

1 in 2 people will suffer from a mental illness sometime in their lifetime.

Mental illness affects every gender, race, nationality and economic background.


Pathway to Peace The Patricia & Jessica Lutz Foundation can only achieve its goals with the generous support from friends, family and the community. Without these donations serving those with mental illness in our area would not be possible.



Pathway to Peace is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, charitable organization. Tax ID 47-3847399
We are using the PayPal secure Credit Card and Direct Deposit processing system for our online donations. Pathway to Peace relies on the generosity of individuals like you, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductable donation.

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Pathway to Peace

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P.O. Box 2442
Westerville, OH

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How your donation helps

Your donation will help people with mental illness to recover and improve their overall functioning in the community through:

  • Care management – by collaborating with family members, psychiatrists, medical professionals and other service providers to ensure optimal care for clients, including assistance with benefits and crisis management
  • Psychiatric treatment and medication management
  • Primary health care integrated with behavioral health care at the same location
  • Homeless outreach – to identify the homeless who also have mental health issues and provide them with housing assistance and other needed services
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Job training, supported employment, and placement services – for those who need help with finding and keeping a job.