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What is "Pathways"?

We understand that the long-term success of our neighbors needs a more relational, transformational approach than is often given by typical models of charity. In addressing poverty, every situation is different because poverty has complex, intersecting causes. As such, there is no one-sized fits all approach. Instead, each person must find their own "pathway" out of poverty. That's where our staff come in. Our Pathways staff and interns are available to help walk with our neighbors to help them set goals, locate resources, and make steps toward financial, social, and spiritual wellness.

We work with our neighbors to identify whether their situation is a temporary crisis requiring immediate relief or a more chronic challenge that needs long-term support. We then connect our neighbors to a program designed to fit their specific needs and goals. If they need emergency help, we connect them to local resources who can provide emergency financial assistance. Then, if they are ready to dig deeper to address the root causes of their situation, we offer the Pathways program.

Pathways Contact
Direct: 417-326-2769 ext 2
Email: Pathways@bolivarcom.org

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VIP

In many cases, emergency financial relief is not the appropriate solution because the unstable situation is chronic with deep roots or because the situation is not an emergency. In these cases, COM can give our neighbors an opportunity to do volunteer work to earn vouchers for some assistance. This both helps the neighbor and allows them to give back to the community as well.

VIP
(Voluntarily Invested Partners)

Psychotherapy
Mentoring

Every situation is different and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to hardship. Our staff can meet with our neighbors to look at the whole picture and ensure that our neighbors can move forward with confidence. We want to see our friends empowered, not become dependent on outside resources that could dry up at any time.

One-on-One Mentoring

NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you are looking for financial assistance, please note that COM emphasizes a long-term view of your well-being. While we can sometimes speak to an immediate need, we will only do so if you are also willing to work with us on that long-term stability. This is because we don't want you to have to be dependent on resources like us or end up in the same crisis the next month. We want to see you experience a good life filled with confidence and financial freedom. We are here for you, but we won't just take the easy path. Those seeking financial assistance should be aware of the following guidelines:

  • You must schedule an appointment with a Pathways staff member. We can be flexible to work around your schedule, but you need to schedule an appointment as it will take some time to review your situation prior to a decision. You can set up an appointment by calling 417-326-2769 opt 2

  • Requests for fuel and other small items will be handled through our VIP program (see above). Individuals may choose to use their gifts to do volunteer service at COM for a certain number of hours in exchange for assistance.

  • Larger requests (for utilities, rent, or temporary lodging) will not be met on the same day of the request except in the case of a true emergency. Requests will require the establishment of a long-term plan as well, so do not wait until the last minute to schedule a meeting with us. When requesting help with a rent or utility bill, be prepared to discuss the following:

    • 30 days income and spending

    • Last 5 years of work history for all adults (over 18) in household

    • Reasons for monetary needs (have the bill in question ready to show us)

    • What has been done so far to solve the monetary problems​

    • Complete the "Where Does Your Money Go" worksheet

VIP Program:

In many cases, emergency financial relief is not the appropriate solution because the unstable situation is chronic with deep roots or because the situation is not an emergency. In these cases, COM can give our neighbors an opportunity to do volunteer work to earn vouchers for some assistance. This both helps the neighbor and allows them to give back to the community as well.

Mentoring:

Every situation is different and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to hardship. Our staff can meet with our neighbors to look at the whole picture and ensure that our neighbors can move forward with confidence. We want to see our friends empowered, not become dependent on outside resources that could dry up at any time.

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