The statistics are startling:
- 1 million Americans live in poverty – that is 1 for every 6 of us
- 15 million children live in poverty
- 11 million spend ½ of their income on rent
- 6 in 10 don’t have enough money saved to cover a $500 emergency expense
The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative provides enhanced services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and intergenerational poverty. The goal is to lead families down a path toward increased stability and ultimately, self-sufficiency.
How does it work?
Individuals seeking assistance through the Pathway of Hope program meet with a case manager on a regular basis. On the first meeting, the client and case manager discuss the client’s goals, strengths and barriers; then together, build a case plan that will lead the client to success. The Salvation Army case manager will link the individual with community resources that will help meet the goals on the case plan, such as stabilized housing, legal assistance, subsidized childcare, or educational/job training services, among others. Future meetings track progress and help the client navigate any obstacles that may arise.
How long does the program last?
The length of the program varies from client to client, based on their motivation and ability to meet their goals. On average, a client will spend six months in the program.
Do I need to be homeless to take part in this program?
No, while those who are homeless are accepted into the program, being homeless is not a requirement. However, most people who seek assistance are facing a housing crisis.
What are other eligibility requirements?
- Participants must be families with at least one minor child
- Eligible clients must demonstrate a readiness for change
- Individuals must show a willingness to work on goals
- Clients must have barriers and goals that align with services provided by The Salvation Army
Can I see more information on this program?
Yes, click here to see our brochure.
How do I access the program?
Call Manasota 211 for a referral or contact Annette Horner, Social Services Program Coordinator, at 941-748-5110, extension 116.