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The Salvation Army in an effort to move families from a life of dependency to one of independence initiated an approach to long term case work called Pathway of Hope. Pathway of Hope utilizes a strengths based perspective to help families move towards sufficiency. This approach intentionally targets families with children; with the goal of positively influencing the lives of parents to create better living conditions for the children and a brighter future.
At the heart of The Pathway of Hope is the desire to help break the cycle of generational poverty that has doomed so many people to a life of depravation and hopelessness. Our interest is in not only helping a family deal with an acute crisis, but to work with families to find hope and resources to break the generational cycle of poverty. We look at possibilities rather than just dwelling on problems and we work to identify and develop strengths to help each family reach their goals and dreams.
The Pathway of Hope national model encompasses a full range of support services that has served the needs of Genesee County residents for the past four years. Major change is accomplished by guiding our clients and their families to develop life changing skills that will lead to; managing their daily lives, creating healthy and safe environments, increasing family literacy, enhancing parenting skills and seeking employment opportunities; change happens and goals are achieved. Each phase is designed to provide family support for families. As the lack of emotional coping skills, basic early educational development in the classroom and in the home environment becomes more apparent, The Salvation Army is addressing the whole spectrum of a family’s needs by efficiently using its resources and partnerships.
Our goal is to provide vulnerable families with the mental and emotional tools to guide themselves and their children into becoming confident productive well rounded individuals. We are returning to our roots and mission of meeting basic human needs without discrimination. Since March of 2013, when Pathway of Hope was introduced to the Genesee County community, we have served 69 families and the individuals receiving guidance and direction number 234.