Melanie's Pathway of Hope Story - Buffalo Area Services

Jun 29, 2022

The Salvation Army in Buffalo offers 15 programs and services to those in need in the community, including our Pathway of Hope program. This program helps families overcome barriers like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability. By breaking these cycles, we can lead families, like Melanie’s, towards stability and self-sufficiency.

Melanie and her two children have been clients of The Salvation Army Buffalo since the Fall; staying in our Emergency Family Shelter for 5 months while they searched for a new home. Due to a few issues, including late mail and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Melanie was denied public assistance.

With the help with The Salvation Army’s Rapid Rehousing program and a pending Section 8, Melanie and her family secured a home! With no income for 8 months, our Pathway of Hope program assisted with moving and storage, transportation and assisted with securing public assistance and basic needs like food. With her long-term goal to become financially self-reliant, she recently completed a course to become a childcare provider. Thanks to our generous donors, Melanie also received a “Welcome Home” kit filled with cleaning supplies, dental care items and personal care products. This family also received groceries from The Emergency Food Pantry as well as fresh food items.

Throughout the year, The Salvation Army hosts several events like our annual Red Kettle Open Golf Tournament. Support of these events allows us to continue providing much needed programs and services to those in need, like Melanie and her two children.

Thank you to Chur Companies NY, Inc for their support of our 2022 Red Kettle Open Golf Tournament presented by Cedar Pediatric

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