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The Salvation Army helps make families whole.

Poverty is a Tragic Generational Cycle.

Pathway of Hope helps families break through to a better life.

Ending the Cycle of Shame

Brianna remembers the day she lost custody of her children. She hadn't paid rent for three months, and was facing eviction. Her job cut her hours, and she was fighting with her boyfriend all the time about finances. Raw sewage leaked through the ceiling into the kitchen, which is all the state needed to seize her kids. She started Pathway of Hope at her lowest point in life. Eighteen months in the program, she found a good job, bought her own home, and was granted custody of her children again. With hope restored, she can face anything.

How we help equip families

Family is precious, and we can all use help making the most of our time together.  Our programs for family development address real needs in our community - from generational poverty to financial education and social skills - and everything in between.  If you are interested in contributing financially, or in other ways to these initiatives, please contact Captain John.Fetzer@usc.salvationarmy.org.  

Pathway of Hope
For families ready to work toward change, but needing accountability, encouragement and a network - Pathway of Hope is here to coach you through.  Pathway families meet weekly with their caseworker to discuss challenges, brainstorm options and set goals.  The goal of the program is to help families facing generational cycles of poverty, like the Jones Family, overcome significant hurdles on their road to sustainable, self-sufficient living.  To find out of you qualify for the Pathway to Hope program, contact Sylvia.Clark@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Supper Club, as part of Kids' Club
Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. your family can eat for free - together - around a table.  Of course, if you'd rather sit with other adults for an evening, and let your kids hang out with their friends, you have that option as well.  Either way, Supper Club is a place to practice manners before going to Character Building Classes.  Contact Ron.Washington@usc.salvationarmy.org to sign up for Supper Club and Kids' Club.  

Tools for Life
There are some skills that we all need.  These include budgeting and financial planning, basic car mechanics, how to set a goal and stay motivated, beyond-the-basics parenting skills and emotional intelligence training.  Tools for Life is a series of classes scheduled throughout the year to build the skills of families in our community.  Pathway of Hope involvement is not required.  Contact Sylvia.Clark@usc.salvationarmy.org for more information.  

Affordable Kids and Family Camp
Every summer, your family is invited to enjoy the great outdoors at Echo Grove Camp in Lenard, MI.  With weekly camps for youth, a special week of Senior Camp, and a weekend Family Retreat, you don't want to leave Salvation Army camp out of your summer plans.  Stay tuned to our facebook page for updated schedules and registration information.  

Additionally, we offer local summer day camp in Pontiac with field trips twice weekly.  Look for details and registration information in March.  Contact Ron.Washington@usc.salvationarmy.org with questions or with resumes for summer counselor positions.  


Eligibility Guidelines

  • Pathway of Hope is for families with children under 18, living in the residence.

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