The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced the launch of “Pathway of Hope,” a new statewide initiative designed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, homelessness and drug addiction for individuals and families.
HOUSING, JOBS & COMMUNITY
“We aim to bring lasting changes to participant’s lives by focusing on three pillars of change: jobs; housing; and a new community of support and accountability,” said Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “Research indicates that an addicted or homeless person’s ability to make lasting changes in their lives is greatly enhanced by providing services that focus on removing barriers for these three pillars.“
Majors John and Lani Chamness and Lieutenant Shawn Keoho explain The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative.
“Our experience shows us that families and individuals often face a repeating cycle of recidivism – where they 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 and individuals truly break the cycle of crisis and achieve stability.”
A professional team of case managers, with varying backgrounds and expertise similar to life coaches, will guide clients through a process of change that will focus on possibilities rather than problems. They will assist clients with identifying and finding solutions to the barriers that get in their way, such as: lack of job experience; bad employment history; legal issues; lack of housing; unhealthy friends; financial problems; mental health issues; feeling hopeless, etc. In doing so, clients will find jobs, pay rent, and find support and accountability, as they move forward through the process.
Major Chamness continued, “I’m reminded of the old Chinese proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ Pathway of Hope is designed to partner with and work alongside clients, not to do the work for them. The goal is to help the individual get to a place of independence and sufficiency for a lifetime.”
Pathway of Hope is initially being offered to existing clients who are selected as they transition from The Salvation Army’s addiction programs on Oahu including Family Treatment Services, Addiction Treatment Services and Adult Rehabilitation Center. Several case managers have already been hired and a small number of clients are now participating in Pathway of Hope. The goal is to have 50 families and individuals participating in the initiative within the first year.
Pathway of Hope is a separate initiative from The Salvation Army’s addiction programs in Hawaii including Family Treatment Services, Adult Treatment Services and Adult Rehabilitation Center. Those programs will continue, as will all other community outreach programs statewide.
Pathway of Hope will work in tandem with the other programs, providing services as part of an effective continuum of care and support. The Salvation Army is considering developing clean- and-sober living houses where clients could reside while receiving Pathway of Hope services. Those plans will be reviewed and solidified in the coming months.
The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope staff
COMMUNITY SUPPORT NEEDED
Major Chamness continued, “We also know, The Salvation Army can’t do this alone. We need help from business owners to provide jobs, from property managers, landlords and developers to provide housing, and support from communities, businesses and individuals throughout Hawaii.”
“Our staff and Board of Advisors have been working on this program for two years and donors have stepped up and invested $200,000 to get the program to this initial stage. Ideally, we will need another $300,000 to operate it for the remainder of 2015. Our goal is to raise $1 million each year to sustain the program. It is a staff-intensive, holistic approach initiative, one where donations are raised to build human capital rather than building capital.”
To help support Pathway of Hope, please contact The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division at 808-988-2136 or visit www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org