By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.
The Pathway of Hope
The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program was launched to provide targeted services to families wanting to break the generational cycle of poverty and enable a path out of constant crisis. It is rooted in a case management approach, focusing on the client’s individual needs and mastery of different life skills.
This program is designed to have an impact on how poverty affects multiple generations. By positively changing the lives of parents, The Salvation Army can create better living conditions for children. Educational and support programs for children in their development years are crucial.
The United States has the second-highest child poverty rate among the world’s wealthiest nations. And because children who live in poverty for half their lives are much more likely to remain in poverty as adults, the epidemic is passed down from one generation to the next, over and over.
The cost to those families trapped in the cycle of poverty is staggering, but we must also consider that the effects of child poverty cost our country nearly $500 billion per year.
The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift to focusing on the core causes of poverty rather than treating the symptoms. Lack of job opportunities, unstable housing, and an underserved educational environment can all be major challenges for someone looking to lead a self-sustainable life.
With our help, people living in poverty can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability and lead families down a path toward increased stability for years to come. It’s a pathway of hope for current and future generations.
The Pathway of Hope approach includes:
Catalyzing community collaboration in service of shared clients
Providing targeted services to families with a desire to take action, changing life trajectories and increasing hope
Moving families from crises and vulnerability to stability and eventually self-sufficiency, tracking family progress along the way
Bringing all The Salvation Army’s internal resources to bear, aligned to the goals of clients
Focusing on hope as a measured outcome, which represents the distinctly relational, spiritual outcome that The Salvation Army seeks in the work it does
Caring for your family’s needs, while building a strong future, can be challenging in today’s economic times. The Salvation Army team will offer support, guidance, and assistance as we walk alongside you on your family’s journey:
Mapping it out
Meet with a caseworker to develop your personalized action plan.
Chart your progress and see your success with your dedicated caseworker on a regular basis.
See where you are at six months and decide what’s next on your journey.
Prepare for the future
Celebrate your successes. Adjust any further goals. Encourage others.
Through your involvement with Pathway of Hope, you’ll be introduced to The Salvation Army and other services available within your community that offer:
And much more.
In providing its poverty relief programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.
Through Project Able, we help single individuals achieve self-sufficiency.
This two-year program serves single individuals who are homeless. Individuals must be willing to maintain employment and work towards self-sufficiency through employment, education, life skills training, and budgeting.
The Project Able Housing Program believes self-sufficiency can be best achieved by developing an individual’s strengths. The program is designed to provide unconditional support, encouragement, and genuine concern which individuals need.
Each participating individual’s needs are comprehensively assessed by using assessment tools that measure their hope and self-sufficiency. These assessments are given every three months to help track the growth of the individuals.
Individualized case plans are developed with the participant’s needs in mind.
Life Skills classes are held to specifically assist participants with the skills necessary to improve employment potential, improve job retention and work towards self-sufficiency.
Education and job training opportunities are encouraged through case management support.
A drug-free and alcohol-free environment is provided.
Intensive case management services are provided which include client linkage to resources, advocacy, and coordination of services as necessary.
Basic support services are provided to the participant throughout the program.