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Defeating Generational Poverty

Providing tools and resources to address the specific barriers to increased stability

Pathway of Hope

Case Manager: Cheryl Wilson
Email: Cheryl.Wilson@use.salvationarmy.org
Phone: (716)883-9800 x236
Fax: (716)888-6285

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift from treating symptoms of poverty to addressing the epidemic at its root.  By helping families overcome barriers like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability, leading families to towards increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency – a Pathway of Hope that will profoundly affect generations to come. 

Highlights:

  • Needs Focused & Strengths Based:  Each families’ unique needs are identified and addressed, with the focus on possibilities rather than problems.
  • Inclusive:  Pathway of Hope helps all families with at least one child under the age of 18 living in poverty.  Families must be ready to take control of their situation.
  • Collaborative:  Pathway of Hope leverages and expands The Salvation Army’s network of internal and community resources and increases service collaboration aligned around each family’s goals. 
  • Outcome Based Case Management Approach: Pathway of Hope empowers families with the tools and fortitude to lift themselves from poverty through accountable relationships. 

Pathway of Hope

Many in our Buffalo Community need a Pathway of Hope!

Multiple generations stuck in the cycle of poverty can be found throughout our country.  Breaking that cycle, without help, can be virtually impossible but incredibly essential given studies that show that children who grow up in poverty over half of their childhood are 32 times more likely to remain in poverty!    Buffalo remains one of the top five cities in our nation with approximately 30% of children growing up in poverty.  But there is good news in Buffalo.  There is Pathway of Hope. 

The Salvation Army has always been in the business of serving people; we are now in the business of solving the root causes of generational poverty.  Leading to a better future for families struggling to be more self-sufficient, Pathway of Hope links families with Salvation Army resources, including employment services, and other community services which offer a network of support, a sense of community, holistic programs and spiritual guidance. This intensive and voluntary program is designed for families who desire to improve their situation.

This free service is possible through the generosity of our donors, who wish only to see a better future for our children. 

The assessments will tell us if you are a good fit for Pathway of Hope, but generally you’re eligible if:

  • You have at least one child under the age of 18; and
  • You’re ready to take action!

That’s all the criterion necessary to become an active participant in your life and the architect of your future.  It is not an easy journey, but Pathway of Hope is prepared to assist you with your more urgent needs, and then work with you and your family to address virtually anything posing a barrier to your family’s stability, including attaining educational and employment goals. 

If you are ready to move past the cycle of dependency, crisis, and hopelessness, do not hesitate to contact The Salvation Army, Buffalo Area Services, to inquire about Pathway of Hope.  Case Manager, Cheryl Wilson, can be reached by phone at 716-888-6236, by email at Cheryl.Wilson@use.salvationarmy.org, or just stop into The Salvation Army at 960 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14202. 

Don’t hesitate, let’s work together today for a better tomorrow for you and your family. 

What is 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.

Resources & Connections

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

  • A network of support
  • A sense of community
  • Holistic programs
  • Spiritual guidance

Service Connector to:

  • Job training
  • Health services
  • Childcare and education
  • Housing options
  • Legal services
  • And much more...

The Pathway of Hope approach includes:

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Catalyzing community collaboration in service of shared clients

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Moving families from crises and vulnerability to stability and eventually self-sufficiency, tracking family progress along the way

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Bringing all The Salvation Army’s internal resources to bear, aligned to the goals of clients

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Focus on hope as a measured outcome, which represents the distinctly relational, spiritual outcome that The Salvation Army seeks in the work it does

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Strengths-based case management services