After joining the program, each family meets with their case manager on a weekly basis. These meetings help the families stay on task with their goals while allowing them a chance to talk about their week, good or bad.
Some of the most common goals include finding a job, getting a better job, securing a place to live, and obtaining a driver’s license. Sometimes they need help identifying resources to obtain their goal, such as applying for Section 8 housing. Often they receive referrals to agency partners for additional help.
Pathway of Hope is an effective program because it is based on setting goals that are associated with specific dates. This model creates urgency, accountability and – once the goal is reached – a big sense of accomplishment. Without a date, a goal is just an idea.
Set your own goals
As the holiday season approaches, be thoughtful about setting your own goals. For example, think about creating a ceiling on how much money you will spend on gifts, or create an eating strategy so you won’t gain weight overeating turkey and stuffing or Christmas cookies. You will thank yourself after the holidays are over.
Goals are so important in life. As Mohamed Ali once said, “What keeps me going is goals.”
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