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Pathway of Hope Introduction

It’s been a hard winter. Remember the stories our parents told us about walking to school barefoot in the snow? In most cases, it was supposed to be a lesson meant to show us how easy our lives were. But today, in our communities and neighborhoods, many children are not far from that reality. A recent article in the Washington Post reported: “For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families; according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data….51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches.” These are the kids in our after-school programs, our Sunday Schools; the kids whose families receive Christmas assistance; the kids whose parents just became homeless.

Are you passionate about changing the world? Making a real lasting difference in your community? Are you caught in a cycle of rescuing or being rescued only to repeat the same ineffective measures year after year? The Pathway of Hope is a bold new initiative that focuses on families desiring to take action to leave poverty behind and make a brighter future for the next generation. Pathway of Hope involves intensive, strengths-based case management with a goal of moving families from surviving to self-sufficiency. It’s about being who we have always been as Salvationists. It’s a holistic approach to addressing barriers and connecting families with resources and opportunities. It’s about accountability for both client and organization by measureable outcomes and goals. It’s about taking action now to change the world we live in, one family at a time.

Together we are on The Way—the Pathway of Hope.

Pathway of Hope is a holistic approach to social services within the Corps setting of The Salvation Army’s United States Eastern Territory.  This initiative aims to not only assist people in need, but to break the cycle of poverty.

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