Welcome to Part Two of our "Who Are We?' blog series. If you're reading for the first time, we are doing a blog series that highlights who we are and what we do at The Salvation Army of Durham. There are so many great things going on here and we want to showcase that. This week we are highlighting a small chunk of our big Social Services department.
Knowing our motivation comes from Jesus, it should be easy to understand our call to action. After all, our mission statement lays it out pretty clearly: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army of Durham encounters people from all walks of life. We believe in second chances, and we believe there can be an end to the vicious cycle of poverty in our community. One program that is unique to our Durham office is Pathway of Hope.
Pathway of Hope is rooted in a case management approach, focusing on client needs through a strength-based lens. This program is targeted at families with a desire to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty; by positively influencing the lives of parents, we can create better living conditions for children.
We currently have four families enrolled in our Pathway of Hope program. While our case management focuses on the parents, our Boys & Girls Club offers specific one-on-one mentorship to the children; our desire is to provide a sense of hope and stability to the entire family.
Ms. Bluett and her children became a part of Pathway of Hope when it launched in 2015. Through our case-management, she has transitioned from a part-time to a full-time working position, and has signed on with the Habitat for Humanity home ownership program. Her children are deeply involved with our Boys & Girls Club; our mentorship program has strengthened Ms. Bluett’s daughter’s self-confidence, as well as given her a desire to go to college when she graduates high school.
Our aim is not to fix people or merely give them a handout. We walk through life with our families. We help them realize their potential, and they break the cycle of poverty; not us.
We are blessed to say that all four of our families are striving toward a better future - one that holds the promise of better jobs through continuing education, better and safer homes, children completing high school, and beyond.