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Salvation Army program leads clients towards brighter future

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - The Dubuque Chapter of the Salvation Army's "Pathway of Hope Program" is helping meet people's needs today while also preparing them for the future.

The Pathway of Hope Program points clients towards full-time jobs, educational opportunities and spiritual programs. The program serves both families and individuals.

Cindy Kohlman has coordinated the program since it began last January.

"So we sit down and we say, 'Hey, where do you want to go? What do you want to do with your life? How do we get you into a sustainable lifestyle, first of all. And then, how do we allow you to fly?'," said Kohlman. "And then we walk with you down that pathway. "

One of her clients includes Marlynn Larron, who is currently expecting her sixth child. Larron is studying to earn her Associate's Degree while working for the Dubuque Community School District.

But she's more than just a Pathway of Hope client, she is also a youth advocate for children of Marshallese descent.

"I feel like I can do anything," said Larron. "And I want to do more than just, I feel like I can do a lot and just know that I can help out. I just know that I have a purpose."

Kohlman said she looks forward to guiding those like Larron towards a bright and happy future.

"We're not just touching lives today, but tomorrow, ten years from now, fifty years from now," said Kohlman.

So far, the Pathway of Hope program has helped more than 200 people in the Dubuque area. Kohlman said their chapter also plans to extend their services to help more people in the future.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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