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Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope utilizes a strengths based-perspective to help families move towards self-sufficiency by addressing basic needs.

Pathway of Hope is a Shield to Self-Sufficiency


In an effort to move families from a life of dependency to one of independence, The Salvation Army 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 self-sufficiency. This approach intentionally targets families with children, with the goal of positively influencing the lives of parents to create better living conditions for their 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 deprivation 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. 

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 six years.  Major change is accomplished by guiding our clients and their families to develop life-changing skills. With the help of Pathway of Hope, our clients are more able to manage their daily lives, create healthy and safe home environments, increase family literacy, enhance their parenting skills, and obtain employment. Each phase is designed to provide support for families.  As the lack of emotional coping skills, basic early educational development, and stability in the home have become more apparent in our communities, 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 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, we have served 69 families, and the individuals receiving guidance and direction number 234.