Pathway of Hope – an initiative to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty
The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift from treating the symptoms of poverty to breaking the cycle and preventing the epidemic in future generations.
Through Pathway of Hope, The Salvation Army is helping families overcome barriers like unemployment, unstable housing and lack of education. Working together with parents, we help them get training, further their education, obtain employment, budget their money and secure stable housing. Once those barriers have been overcome, we can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability and lead families instead down a path toward increased stability and ultimately, self-sufficiency.
The Salvation Army Resident Services Program enables homeless families with children to achieve self-sufficiency and housing permanency. The Resident Services Program (RSP) rebuilds families from the ground up by providing housing services, financial counseling and planning, family case management, continuing life skills education and a strong system of support services. RSP enhances its delivery of services through community based partnership.
RSP creates an opportunity for families to save money, pay off their debts, learn life and budgeting skills, link with affordable housing and become self-sufficient while keeping the family intact. When residents leave the program, they are better equipped for success. Personal responsibility and accountability are emphasized throughout this program.
“To me, the FAITH program = success & independence. I’ve learned soooo much in the 6 months I’ve been here. Learning what it takes to make it and how to be realistic because I was living a fantasy. I always wanted to be independent and stop relying on people to take care of me. I just didn’t know how, but FAITH has taught me and given me a good system on how to budget and manage money. I actually can now go into a store and buy what I NEED. Not whatever I want. It feels very good to be responsible and I owe it to FAITH. Can’t wait to see where I am in 6 more months. “
6/17/13 C. K. (written by a single mother 6 months into this year long program)
Residents experience success time and time again; they become empowered and drivers of their own future. Families are given an opportunity to address life changes and crisis while in a safe environment. Families move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and their own place. Some even move to home-ownership! Through the skills and changes residents make during this program….they are no longer planning day to day and living on the edge. They can now plan for continued success and a brighter future for their family.