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Julie, Pathway of Hope Client and mother of three

"Thanks to the Pathway of Hope program, I'm ready to move out of “crisis-to-crisis mode” and to practice healthy relationships without self-sabotaging.

Matthew, Pathway of Hope Client and single dad

Using the tools I've learned at Pathway of Hope, I'm building a healthy emotional, physical and financial future for myself and my daughter.

What does the initiative involve?

Caring for your family’s needs, while building a strong future, can be challenging in today’s economic times. The Salvation Army team will offer support, guidance, and assistance as we walk alongside you on your family’s journey:

Mapping it out

Meet with a caseworker to develop your personalized action plan.

Tracking progress

Chart your progress and see your success with your dedicated caseworker on a regular basis.

Reaching milestones

See where you are in six months and decide what’s next on your journey.

Prepare for the future

Celebrate your successes. Adjust any further goals. Encourage others.

If you are a parent of at least 1 child under the age of 18 and are ready to take action to improve your life, get started today by completing our online assessment/registration. You will be contacted soon after completion by our Pathway of Hope Case Manager.

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The United States has the second-highest child poverty rate among the world’s wealthiest nations. And because children who live in poverty for half their lives are much more likely to remain in poverty as adults, the epidemic is passed down from one generation to the next, over and over.

The cost to those families trapped in the cycle of poverty is staggering, but we must also consider that the effects of child poverty cost our country nearly $500 billion per year.

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift to focusing on the core causes of poverty rather than treating the symptoms. Lack of job opportunities, unstable housing, and an underserved educational environment can all be major challenges for someone looking to lead a self-sustainable life.

With our help, people living in poverty can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability and lead families down a path toward increased stability for years to come. It’s a pathway of hope for current and future generations.

  • Intensive, Client-Centered, Strengths-Based Case Management in 15 domains of Self-Sufficiency and Stability
  • Catalyzing community collaboration in service of shared clients
  • Providing targeted services to families with a desire to take action, changing life trajectories and increasing hope
  • Moving families from crises and vulnerability to stability and eventually self- sufficiency, tracking family progress along the way
  • Bringing all The Salvation Army’s internal resources to bear, aligned to the goals of clients
  • Focusing on hope as a measured outcome, which represents the distinctly relational, spiritual outcome that The Salvation Army seeks in the work it does

Through your involvement with Pathway of Hope, you’ll be introduced to The Salvation Army and other services available within your community that offer:

  • A network of support
  • A sense of community and holistic programs

· Spiritual guidance Service connections to:

  • Job training
  • Health services

· Childcare and education

  • Housing options

· Legal services

  • And much more

In providing its poverty relief programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.

Most Needed Non-Food Items To Donate for Pathway of Hope Clients (cannot be purchased with SNAP EBT cards):



  • Grocery, Gas Station and Restaurant Gift Cards

Fred Meyer, Safeway, Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Gas Station, Family Restaurants preferred

  • Household Cleaning Supplies and Paper Products

Toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, sanitizing solutions, sanitizing wipes, dish soap, hand soap, non-latex gloves, and basic cleaning supplies are very welcomed by those in need.

  • Feminine Hygiene Products.

Maxi pads, tampons, panty liners and even feminine wipes.

  • Personal Care and Hygiene Items

Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Shaving Supplies

  • Laundry Supplies

Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Dryer Sheets

  • Household Miscellaneous Items

Tool kits, first aid kits, car emergency kits, lightbulbs


  • Baby Diapers and Wipes

All sizes of baby diapers and wipes (unscented is best) can be useful for those families coming in with infants and toddlers. Additionally, things like baby wash, shampoo and diaper rash cream or new unused bottles, nipples and even formula that is in date are often welcomed.

  • Socks and Underwear

New Socks and underwear is another choice that people often overlook. This really helps families but is dependent on sizes and client needs.

  • School Supplies

This is definitely a need but is seasonal and sometimes dependent on students age and grade. If you would like to make arrangements to shop from a school list and provide a bundled list of items, let our POH Case Manager know who will provide you with the list from the schools in which our clients attend. Lists are often generated in early summer before the start of the new school year. Scientific calculators and other expensive items are always needed. To get a head start, here’s the link for Hillsboro School District:

  • Clothing

There may be a need for professional, work clothes, work boots for men and other specific items of clothing dependent upon the specific needs and sizes of the current clients. All donated clothing items if approved need to be in “like new” condition with no stains, rips or damage.

  • Pet Care

Dog Food, Cat Food, Cat Litter, Collars, Leashes, Pet Treats, Pet Store Gift Cards, depending on the needs of current clients enrolled.




  • Firearms, weaponry or weapons accessories of any kind
  • Reproductive/Contraceptive Products
  • Medications, Vitamins or Dietary Supplements
  • Alcohol, Tobacco Products, Any Controlled Substances

The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope staff is so appreciative of every effort made on behalf of our clients who are working diligently to increase their self-sufficiency. Their success is directly impacted by the love and care shared by our whole community. Thank you so much for considering sharing your time, treasure and talent with our Washington County Pathway of Hope clients.

The Salvation Army

Pathway of Hope

Tualatin Valley Service Center / Hope Center

1440 SE 21st Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97123


(503) 794-3235
Cynthia Miguel, Pathway of Hope Case Manager:

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Client Story

For years, Holly had lived in New York City, working her dream job in cosmetology. But when she became a single mom, her life would change forever. After moving back to her home city of Oswego, New York, Holly needed guidance. Thanks to The Salvation Army of Oswego County's Pathway of Hope, Holly is set to begin a new career, setting a better future for herself and her daughter Ramsey.

Check out Holly's Story below to learn more about the life changing effects of the Pathway of Hope Program.

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