PITTSBURG — A Salvation Army is working to help break the cycle of crisis through the program called Pathway of Hope.

According to Pathway of Hope Case Manager LeeAnn Kershner the program is an “approach to provide targeted services to families with children in the home and the desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis.”

Kershner said it is a case management approach which focuses on the client’s needs.

The client will undergo an assessment to see if the program is a good fit for them.

Through the assessment Kershner can find out what their strengths and barriers are then they set goals and find resources in community that could help them meet those goals.

Life skills classes, Kershner said help the clients focus on their needs.

Some example of life skills classes include selfcare, time management, help with how to communicate with childrens teachers, what a parent can do at home to help child with school, meal prep and meal planning.

“Its tailored to what the need is at the time,” Kershner said.

Kershner said Pathway of Hope differs from the Salvation Army’s other emergency assistance because it focus on change and learning, along with connecting people with resources which could “get them back on track.”

“I’m excited because I think it’s encouragement for the families,” Kershner said. “They want to do good and set goals, when they meet those goals you can celebrate right along with them.”

There is a room dedicated to Pathway of Hope at Salvation Army where Kershner can meet with the client, along with their children.

“Whenever we have parents come in to meet they are more than welcome to meet their children,” Kershner said. “It is a place kids can play and we can visit with all the family … they are part of the family and we want them to learn along with their parents.”

People can call the Salvation Army at the main number at 620-231-0415 and ask for Pathway of Hope or come in sometime and request material. The program is voluntary and there is no cost.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.