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We fight poverty with love

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.


In Linn County, nearly 25,000 of our neighbors live in poverty and many more are just one crisis away from it.

Children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to stay in the cycle of poverty than their peers who are better off.

Everyone else told me "no"

"The Salvation Army helped me before I lost my home, not after I lost it. They helped keep my family from being homeless. Everyone else told me "no", because I hadn't yet lost everything. The Salvation Army kept my family together and in our home." - Thom, helped by The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids, IA

Pathway of Hope Approach

The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides an overall approach to how we do social ministries.  By leveraging all of our available resources with those resources in our broader community, we seek to grow the amount of hope and independence in the families we serve.  Providing safety nets along the way to see them move along a pipeline of sufficiency and hope.

Specific individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.

The Pathway of Hope Approach Includes:

  • Catalyzing community collaboration in service of shared clients
  • 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
  • Focus on hope as a measured outcome, which represents the distinctly relational, spiritual outcome that The Salvation Army seeks in the work it does
  • Strengths-based case management services

Through involvement with Pathway of Hope, families will be introduced to both Salvation Army and other services that are available within their community that offers a network of support, a sense of community, holistic programs, and spiritual guidance. Pathway of Hope is also a service connector to job training, health services, childcare and education, housing options, legal services, and much more.


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