- Build positive social supports.
- Develop skills for success in the workplace and the education system.
- Identify things to change and develop a way to change them.
- Empower individuals to achieve a better future.
Pathway, our long-term case management program, involves a support group, professional case management, volunteer mentorship and on-going educational sessions. Pathway is not a government program designed to meet a quota. It is a new program unique to the Heart Ministry Center focused on the individual, the individual’s family and her needs. Our case managers and mentors meet with clients one-on-one, listen to them and help them work past their obstacles. So they can get from point A to point B—and beyond.
The support group will meet once a week for 12 weeks to:
Support groups are run by a professional case manager. It is more than a just support group, it is a group of women—a group of friends. After the 12 weeks have concluded, groups will meet on a monthly basis to continue the camaraderie.
Professional case management
A professional case manager will meet with clients one-on-one every other week for 12 weeks in their homes and at the center. The case manager will assess clients’ needs and goals, write a plan of action, find appropriate referral services for meeting goals, help solve problems and eliminate barriers to success, provide counseling, coaching and encouragement to meet goals, and record progress. Simply put, our case manager will offer a much needed support system, providing clients with the resources needed to get ahead and stay ahead.
If additional support is needed, volunteer mentors are available. The volunteer mentor will meet with his/her client a minimum of once a month and offer social support, encouragement, problem solving and coaching as appropriate.
On-going educational sessions
The group facilitator will coordinate educational sessions twice a month. These sessions will address topics such as—budgeting, ex-felons finding jobs, nutrition and exercise, home ownership, stress management, parenting, legal issues, community advocacy, etc. They will encourage clients to seek more in-depth services from appropriate referral agencies.
If you are a single women who has children under the age of 18 living at home, uses HMC services, is on government assistance (food stamps, TANF, Section 8) and most importantly, want to better yourself and your family, you are eligible to participate in the Pathway Program. Childcare and transportation assistance are available.
Please contact Ericka Guinan at (402) 739-2907 for more information.