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What is "Pathways"?

We understand that the long-term success of our client partners 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 case managers and interns are available to help walk with our client partners to help them set goals, locate resources, and make steps toward self-sufficiency and financial and social resilience.

We work with our client partners 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 client partners to a program designed to fit their specific needs and goals. If they need emergency help, we connect them to local partners 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.

There are four main programs within the Pathways system:

PATHWAYS

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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 client partners an opportunity to do volunteer work to earn vouchers for some assistance. This both helps the client and allows them to give back to the community as well.

VIP
(Voluntarily Invested Partners)

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First Five

For client partners who want to do the additional work of investing in the future and moving beyond instability to stability and resilience, we offer the "First Five" program. Clients meet with a case manager over five sessions to explore five areas of their well-bring (Physical Health, Mental Health, Finances, Social/Spiritual, and Purposeful Stability.) From there, they set goals to move toward greater stability/resilience in their lives.

First Five

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Project Thrive

For unemployed or underemployed individuals, we offer Project Thrive, an employment access program. Over 10 weeks, students of the program attend classes on self-discovery and employment soft skills, network with local employers, practice job skills in volunteer settings, and are paired with a mentor. The end result is an "on ramp" to better employment opportunities.

Project Thrive

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

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Trailhead House

Trailhead House is a transitional housing program designed to empower partners to be successful renters and homeowners. Partners stay in a house owned by COM and pay affordable rent. Over the 4-6 month program, they do intensive case management to work on life skills, personal goals, and renter/homeowner education.

Trailhead House

VIP: Our Voluntarily Invest Partners (VIP) program recognizes that, 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 client partners an opportunity to do volunteer work to earn vouchers for some assistance. This both helps the client avoid unhealthy dependency and allows them to give back to the community as well.

First Five: For client partners who want to do the work of investing in the future and moving beyond instability to stability and resilience, we offer the "First Five" program. Clients meet with a case manager over five sessions to explore five areas of their well-bring (Physical Health, Mental Health, Finances, Social/Spiritual, and Purposeful Stability.) From there, they set goals to move toward greater stability/resilience in their lives. We utilize a Self-Sufficiency Matrix to track progress and set goals in 16 areas of stability.

If a person is experiencing an emergency financial situation, such as inability to pay for rent or utilities, they should contact the local OACAC office as they are the primary agency to provide this type of assistance. COM makes some funding available to OACAC for meeting these needs, but no longer fields these requests at COM. OACAC can be contacted at (417) 326-6276.

Project Thrive: For unemployed or underemployed individuals, we offer Project Thrive, an employment access program. Over 10 weeks, students of the program attend classes on self-discovery and employment soft skills, network with local employers, practice job skills in volunteer settings, and are paired with a mentor. The end result is an "on ramp" to better employment opportunities.

Client partners who are missing forms of ID may still receive case management and we may be able to help you recover certain types of ID (such as birth certificates, drivers license, etc.)

COM utilizes the Charity Tracker online system for Pathways programs and other assistance to ensure each client partner receives the proper help.