Basic Life Services

Family Pathways' nine food shelves, 2 food partnerships and mobile food shelf respond to meet the needs of neighbors who are struggling with food scarcity by providing meat, milk, produce, canned goods, personal care, and household items in a compassionate and respectful manner.

Advocacy is an important service food shelf staff provide to help stabilize a family's situation.  A job loss, medical problem, or other crisis can quickly turn one's life upside down.  Many of the people we serve never imagined needing help and do not know where to turn.

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Youth Services

Youth Services serves youth with programs that build skills neccesary to become healthy adults. Mentoring programs include: Kids First, for ages 7-17 in the Mora, MN area, Circle of Friends, a peer/buddy mentoring program for ages 13+; and the Career Development Program to assist youth in grades 7-12 explore their futures.

Four Teen Centers (in Forest Lake, North Branch, Mora, and Princeton) are welcoming places for teens to get help with homework, have fun with friends, be involved in programs, participate in field trips, and/or discover something new about themslves.  

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Refuge Network Merges with Family Pathways

Two local non-profit organizations will merge to enhance the strength and stability of their social service programs.


Senior Services

Senior Services helps to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families by providing critical services that help them meet their basic needs and remain independent for as long as possible.

Volunteers in the Companionship Program make regular visits, Social Respite events provide a vital break to family caregivers while their loved ones enjoy social time, Education help caregivers manage the demands of caring for a loved one, and our Advocacy programs help older adults and their families connect with available resources.

All of these services lessen the toll of stress, isolation, and loneliness related to aging.  Programs are offered at no charge to clients.

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Thrift Stores

Family Pathways Thrift Stores transform community donations of gently used clothing and household goods into financial support for Family Pathways Food Shelves, Youth Services, and Senior Services. 

Stores offer “shopping with a mission.”  Caring shoppers find good value while supporting the local community and being mindful of the environment.  

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