The Salvation Army Pathway Forward program is a residential work-release program designed to help men and women who have been imprisoned successfully re-enter society. The program not only provides an invaluable service to the individuals served, but also to our society by reducing crime, making our communities safer and preventing recidivism and repeat offenses.
The Pathway Forward program provides residential, social and vocational programming for up to 210 men and women. We offer a safe, secure and structured environment in which offenders are given positive motivation to make effective changes in their lives. Since its inception in 1975, the program has assisted more than 20,000 men and women transition back to their communities.
The Pathway Forward program makes our communities safer. Of those served over the past 18 months, more than 96% complete the program satisfactorily; more than 98% move into stable housing; more than 56% are employed; and an additional 10% are in school or training programs. Research also shows that those who transition to the community through programs like Pathway Forward – which offer structured, gradual, supported re-entry – are less likely to commit repeat offenses than those who return directly to the community.
Who is Served
Each resident works with a Resident Advisor, who conducts a needs assessment and helps develop an Individual Program Contract. The contract addresses all areas of resident needs and goals, and includes a schedule for achievement.
Counseling and Guidance
Professional counselors work with residents to resolve personal problems and assist in family reconciliation. Family counseling and spiritual development are also offered.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Some residents participate in substance abuse education and treatment conducted by certified therapists. Others receive help with mental health issues. Assessment, individual counseling and group counseling are provided as part of this program.
Restorative Justice and Life Skills
Residents are required to participate in programming that combines personal life skills training and specially planned efforts to reconcile with family and the community. Programming supports family reunification, meaningful employment and financial stability, as well as personal adjustment.
Academic and Employment Services
Some residents have had little or no formal education and lack reading and writing skills. Those who did not graduate high school enroll in a community GED program to earn a high school equivalency certificate. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also available in the area. Within the program, students are taught basic computer skills. Clients also may enroll in community college, universities or trade and technical schools to prepare for employment.
Preparation for Employment
All residents are expected to be employed or seek employment within 21 days of arrival at the facility, unless enrolled in a training program. Many clients have never held steady jobs or had experience in locating employment. Residents receive help in preparing resumes and conducting online job searches. Through videos and workshops, residents learn time management, interviewing skills, how to apply for positions, appropriate dress, positive presentations and job retention.