PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.)

PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.) assists welfare applicants and recipients to become self-sufficient and integrated into the labor force, based on the workforce needs of Michigan’s current and emerging economy. PATH provides Family Independence Program (FlP) applicants and recipients with employment-related services, training and supportive services to obtain and retain employment. The program offers participants education and training opportunities and job search and job readiness activities to increase the participant’s income. It serves Family Independence Program (FIP) individuals from one- and two-parent families identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services.


Many families seeking cash assistance through the Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP) face significant barriers in securing and retaining employment. From child care to transportation and literacy, caseworkers cite a long list of barriers that can keep families from achieving self-sufficiency.

PATH  is a results-oriented work participation program designed for applicants for cash assistance. The program features a 21-day assessment period during which barriers to employment are identified and caseworkers work individually with clients to connect them with resources to address these barriers.  The orientation and job placement program under PATH is administered by the Workforce Development Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies. The Southwest Solutions’ PATH program operates in partnership with Development Centers.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Workforce Development Agency work together to provide PATH services through Michigan Works Affiliates (MWA). PATH provides families receiving cash assistance with the following:

  • One-on-one case management
  • Community service placements
  • Education and occupational training
  • Financial literacy
  • Employability skills training
  • Employment
  • Post-employment services and support

The primary goals of PATH are twofold:

  1. PATH will identify barriers and help participants connect to the resources they need to obtain employment.
  2. PATH will help Michigan reach the federally mandated fifty-percent (50%) work participation rate. Work participation is defined by how many participants secure employment and the number of participants engaged in job preparedness and search activities.


PATH served 247 low-income parents with young children in 2014

Providing work readiness, computer literacy and barrier removal with access to financial coaching

142 PATH participants have been placed in employment through 2014


For more information, contact Kimberly Sutherland, Program Manager of PATH, at 313 937-7980 x.102 or email her.  The Southwest Solutions’ PATH office is located at 27320 Plymouth Road, Redford, MI 48239.


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