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We are the leading social service and basic needs organization for improving the health and well-being of families and individuals in East Central Minnesota and Polk County Wisconsin.


Our Heritage

Family Pathways began in 1978 as the Family Resource Center, a grassroots community organization in Chisago County, Minnesota that provided counseling services to youth and families. The services offered and geography served changed and expanded over the years to meet the growing needs of the many different communities in East Central Minnesota. In March 1998, the organization changed its name to Family Pathways and adopted its current mission. It was another exciting year in 2014 when the Refuge Network, a domestic abuse agency, merged with Family Pathways providing additional services to help keep people in our community safe.

Communities we serve: City of Forest Lake, MN; Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in Minnesota; and Polk County in Wisconsin.

Services: Hunger Relief (Food Shelves, Mobile Food Truck, School Backpack Program, Summer Lunch Program), Refuge Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs and Shelter, Aging Services, Youth Programs and Teen Centers.