The Pathway of Hope is an 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.

It is rooted in a case management approach, focusing on client needs through a strength-based lens. The Army will continue to serve all those that come to us in need, but the Pathway of Hope will allow us to double our impact with existing resources, by:

  • Providing targeted services to families with a desire to take action, changing life trajectories and increasing hope;
  • Bringing all the Army's internal resources to bear, aligned to the goals of clients;
  • Catalyzing community collaboration in service of shared clients.

Most importantly, the Army will continue to serve all those that 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 that have a desire to take action and change the course of their lives, starting with families with children. Pathway of Hope does not directly provide extra assistance; rather it enables the client(s) and casework to work collaboratively to come up with creative solutions to find the needed resources.

This is important because we know that families often face a cycle of recidivism - where families 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.

The Strengths Model focuses on possibilities rather than problems and strives to identify and develop strengths to assist clients reach their goals and dreams. It is a process of developing a team that includes the client, the case manager, and the community.

A caseworker works intensively with a small number of families to help them achieve their short and long-term goals through collaboration and providing access to community resources.

Please contact Jeff Crise at (319) 337-3725 if you are interested in learning more.

You can also email him at :Jeff_Crise@usc.salvationarmy.org