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Available in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, York and Philadelphia.



The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative is an innovative and long-term approach to providing
targeted services to families with a desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and enable a path
out of intergenerational poverty.

For more than 150 years, throughout the world, The Salvation Army has been a beacon of hope for individuals and families in times of personal despair.  With Pathway of Hope, The Salvation Army is striving to provide sustainable change for families faced with poverty, potentially resulting in lifelong stability.
The Salvation Army will continue to serve all those who come to us in need. However, the Pathway of Hope requires us to be more intentional and focused with our resources to provide targeted services to those who have a desire to take action and change the course of their lives, starting with families with children. This is important because we know that impoverished families find it difficult to grow beyond crisis situations — they tend to move from crisis to crisis and remain vulnerable. By successfully offering a targeted set of services, rooted in strengths-based case management, we will help more families truly break the cycle of crisis and achieve stability. 


Result and Outcome Driven


  • The Pathway of Hope model focuses on possibilities rather than problems, empowering clients to identify and develop strengths to reach their goals and dreams.
  • Rooted in a case management approach that focuses on client needs, Pathway of Hope provides targeted services to families who have a desire to take action to break their cycle of crisis, enabling them to gain a path out of intergenerational poverty.
  • The Salvation Army recognizes that programs and/or initiatives which are designed to address poverty need to focus on long term, sustainable results, and the success of the program or initiative is gauged and evaluated by providing clear measurement strategies with data-supported outcomes.


For Facts & Figures About Poverty,





A Pathway of Hope family from Reading, PA is featured in the video below.

They share their experience and success of going through the program.

Pathway of Hope was
developed with today’s
economic and social
contexts in mind.


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Watch The Video . . .





As poverty increases, families are
increasingly vulnerable: In Pennsylvania,
approximately 1 in 7 families live in
poverty today.  


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Pathway of Hope:  Long-Term, Self-Sufficiency

Families selected to participate in Pathway of Hope will undergo a careful review to ensure their strong commitment to improving their lives if given incentive, support, and opportunity. In return, Salvation Army case managers will provide intensive case management, linkage to resources, and tangible supports to help empower families to take their first steps out of poverty.

5 Step Plan

1) Identify highly motivated
families who express a sincere desire to work to
change their circumstances.
Only families with at least one child under 18 years of age
are considered.
2) Pair families with a
social worker to assess
their situation, identify
their strengths, and set
measurable goals. From the very start, families know that
they will be responsible for
working to improve their own
3) Connect families with community resources
and opportunities to help
them out of crisis to selfsufficiency. 
4) Meet regularly with the
families and hold them
accountable to show
progress. If families are not demonstrating progress
toward their goals and self-sufficiency,then they are asked to
leave the program and their
spot is given to another, more
motivated family.
5) Monitor progress at predetermined
steps along the
way, and track outcomes.



The Goal Is

Long Term




A Shift From Serving To Solving

Since 1865, The Salvation Army has stood firm in its commitment to come alongside families when times are at their darkest. However, we must become more intentional and focused with our resources to ensure that we are able to remain efficient and viable. According to the Human Needs Index (HNI), a new and dynamic resource consumption evaluation tool created through a collaborative partnership between The Salvation Army and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the need for basic necessities amongst disadvantaged populations in Pennsylvania has increased during the past 10 years.

Low-income individuals and families are in desperate need of help and hope. While we plan to continue to be a resource for emergency support, the rising tide of families falling victim to crisis tells us that this cannot be the sum total of our efforts. Pathway of Hope model focuses on possibilities rather than problems, empowering clients to identify and develop strengths to reach their goals and dreams.Families selected to participate in Pathway of Hope will undergo a careful review to ensure their strong commitment to improving their lives if given incentive, support, and opportunity. In return, Salvation Army social workers will provide intensive case management, linkage to resources, and tangible supports to help empower families to take their first steps out of poverty.



The Pathway of Hope initiative has been implemented in Kansas City, Missouri with positive results over the past several years.  As such, The Salvation Army has begun to expand the initiative in Pennsylvania by enrolling families in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, and York.  Additionally, in 2017, Pathway of Hope has been introduced in several areas within Philadelphia

If You Are Seeking Assistance Through Pathway of Hope, And Would Like More Information,

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For Potential Pathway of Hope Families Seeking More Information



Pathway of Hope is available in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, York and in several areas within Philadelphia.

To learn more about the variety of ways The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative can help you to
increase the impact of your philanthropy in Pennsylvania, please contact:

Jennifer Gardener-Schoch
Director of Community Relations and Development, Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division
(215) 787-2846 •

For general information about Pathway of Hope, please contact:

Mindy L. McCormick, MSW/LSW
Pathway of Hope Regional Coordinator, Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division
(610) 301-3034 •