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The Salvation Army helps make families whole.

Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative provides 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

How we help equip families

Through involvement with Pathway of Hope, families will be introduced to both Salvation Army and other services that are available within their community that offer 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.



Persons applying are asked to bring the following:

- Photo ID (for all adults 18 & over in the household / Birth Certificates for children under the age of 18)
- Social Security numbers for each family member
- Proof of household income (2 months of pay stubs, unemployment, disability, social security, pension or child support)
- Proof of all household expenses (rent / mortgage, utilites, cable, internet, phone / cell phone, grocery, child care, etc.)
- Proof of address (current rent / lease agreement or mortgage)
- Documentation showing the cause of emergency (doctor's note identifying illness, accident, letter of unemployment or lay-off, other) 
- Persons must be residents of Saginaw County.

Each head of household must complete and sign and intake form. During the one-on-one interview with the social services ministry coordinator, solutions to the underlying cause of the crisis are addressed. It is our goal to achieve long term solutions to problems in order to enhance family stability.

For more information or to see if you qualify for this program, please contact our Director of Social Services, Angela Emerson at: