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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.


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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.

As poverty increases, families are increasingly vulnerable:

In Pennsylvania, approximately 1 in 7 families live in poverty today.  

The Salvation Army will continue to serve all those who come to us in need. However, 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. 

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

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 initiative is gauged and evaluated by providing clear measurement strategies with data-supported outcomes.


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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 poverty data 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 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 Philadelphia and Delaware, Carlisle, Harrisburg, the Lehigh Valley, Lancaster, Reading and York.   Coming Soon to These PA Locations:  Boyertown, Levittown, Norristown & Pottstown.