Family Pathways is prepared to help as the government shutdown affects our neighbors who are federal workers, along with others who are impacted. Family Pathways provides essential basic needs; as well as being a resource for stability and hope to over 220,000 people residing in the six counties of East Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. “We’re ready to help anyone feeling the strain due to the shutdown. If you need a helping hand, Family Pathways is here to support you,” said Lisa Mears, Chief Executive Officer.
Family Pathways nine food shelves and 22 sites of its mobile food program provide access to healthy food and other resources. There is no charge for this support. We are prepared for an uptick in food appointments and are ready with open arms. All are welcome.
Family Pathways’ 11 Thrift Stores, as always, provide affordable clothing and household items. For now, we are also offering a variety of discounts to any federal worker throughout the shutdown when proof of federal employment is provided. Stop at any Family Pathways Thrift Store to pick up the coupons.
Family Pathways’ aging support services for both the aging adult and caregivers, provide homemaking services, transportation, and respite care. Advocacy programs and emergency shelter are at the ready for those who experience domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Two teen centers located in Forest Lake and Princeton, provide a safe space after school for youth to participate in supervised activities with their peers and learn about healthy behaviors with curriculum taught by youth development professionals.
You can help your neighbors too!
Family Pathways needs your assistance to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors who are impacted by the shutdown, including those who are federal employees. Join us by donating food, clothing, household goods, or by making a financial contribution to Family Pathways. Stand by the side of friends, family and community members. Every contribution counts as, together, we rally around our neighbors during this uncertain and stressful time as the shutdown continues.
If you know someone affected by the government shutdown, please invite them to contact Family Pathways at FamilyPathways.org or by calling (651) 674-8040 to make a food appointment, get support through aging or youth services, or seek safety through our domestic and sexual violence program. “Don’t think twice about contacting us. Family Pathways is hope. This is why we’re here,” Lisa Mears, Family Pathways CEO.