- Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) announced a $750,000 grant for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware to support the Pathway of Hope initiative. This grant will cover program costs in York, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and Carlisle. It also allows the Salvation Army to launch Pathway of Hope programs in Boyertown, Norristown, Pottstown and Levittown starting in January 2019.
The Pathway of Hope initiative focuses on the long-term goal of self-sufficiency of impoverished families, intended to break the cycle of crisis and intergenerational poverty. Families who are motivated and committed to take the necessary steps to improve their lives will work with a Salvation Army case manager for social and spiritual support. They will also be connected with services for jobs, health, housing, child care, education and legal services.
“I am proud to announce $750,000 in new state funding that I secured for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware to support the Pathway of Hope initiative. This program offers families exactly what the name implies – hope,” said Saylor. “We know the struggle it is for families to lift themselves out of poverty. The Pathway of Hope is not a handout, it is a hand up. It gives families who want to improve their circumstances access to resources such as job search services, health, housing, child care, education and legal services. It is my belief that this program will make a major impact on the lives of families throughout York County. What you see today is innovation in helping end poverty. With state government and nonprofits working together, we can make real strides in combating poverty through a new and fresh approach.”
“The Salvation Army is sincerely grateful for the Department of Education and Rep. Saylor's support of Pathway of Hope throughout this region,” said Major Timothy Lyle, General Secretary for The Salvation Army, Eastern PA and DE division. “We are committed to doing the most good with this grant by helping impoverished families break out of poverty and achieve long-term self-sufficiency."
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Pathway of Hope initiative is currently assisting families in 17 communities throughout the two regions. To date, it has served 162 families, including 232 adults and 394 children.
Representative Stan Saylor
94th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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