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The Salvation Army knows that housing insecurity is a large factor in prolonged poverty, which is why we provide a variety of short- and long-term housing assistance options for those in need. These programs help maintain each person's health, dignity, and stability on their way to self-sufficiency. Here in the Heartland Division these programs reach out to our veterans, homeless, families, and individuals to offer many different ways to meet their unique needs
Poverty brings many tough decisions that families and individuals have to face, such as choosing between eating and paying rent. To help combat these difficult situations, we are proud to host a variety of food driven programs. The Heartland Division offers many ways for those in need to receive, not only a warm nutritious meal but also genuine connection and care from our volunteers and staff. This simple gesture is very powerful and can often be the support someone needs on their way out of poverty.
To really target the cycle of poverty, The Salvation Army offers the Pathway of Hope program, which is dedicated to working with families to ensure their future generations will be secure and stable. The program connects families with a passionate case work who plans goals alongside them. The process of attaining these goals and learning the tools associated is exactly how Pathway of Hope creates a sustainable impact in the lives of those enrolled in the program. Many of our other services are encompassed within Pathway of Hope and they come together to support all who come, no matter what needs and challenges they present. The long-term results show that Pathway of Hope is a clearly a strong way to break the cycle of poverty for families in our communities.
To better equip parents for self-sufficiency, we support them with educational resources, career coaching, and job placement opportunities. The Salvation Army offers many support systems for parents moving towards a job such as day care and after school programs. This allows individuals to more readily achieve stable and gainful employment which reduces the need for our assistance services over time. Until this independence is reached, however, we offer financial support for living costs through bill assistance. Together, these two services show how The Salvation Army works to prevent poverty by meeting the needs of those in danger of falling into the cycle due to unemployment, eviction, hunger, or other factors.
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