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Written by: Katrina Wiering

It was a little over 40 years ago that a few concerned families came together to create an organization to help fix the various problems in their community.  Beginning as the “The Family Resource Center,” it was always the mission of Family Pathways to help foster and develop healthier communities in East Central Minnesota; you could even say that our current mission statement “To work with communities to develop supportive, caring relationships to help people meet their basic needs” was always at the heart of the organization.

One could also say that this mission was put into action the very second that the organization was granted their non-profit status.  In their early years Family Pathways met at a church in Taylors Falls, until in 1979 they were able to move their headquarters into the Shafer Schools.  Even through these changes, Family Pathways continued to grow and live by their mission statement: “to serve the young people and their families in the Chisago Lakes and Taylors Falls school districts…[and] to provide the services of youth job placement, chemical dependency education and counseling, human relations education, counseling for individuals, families, and groups, and information and referral.” 

From providing counseling to the Chisago, North Branch, and Taylors Falls public schools in 1979, to continuing to the Family Pathways Teen Centers in Forest Lake, North Branch, and Princeton, the services offered through Family Pathways continue to grow each year.  Not only this, but new programs were created consistently throughout the life of the organization including chemical dependency help, local food shelves, and even aging services.

But as Albert Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”

This same concept has applied to every action that Family Pathways has taken over the past 40 Years.  Life is not easy, and neither was creating a non-profit organization for the families and people in need located in Central Minnesota.  But even so, each person involved over these past 40 years have helped keep the organization balanced and alive because they gave their time and kept moving. 

To this day, 40 years after the organization was established, the caring people who work and volunteer for Family Pathways continue to keep the organization moving as they live out our mission statement through their work and develop those supportive, caring relationships to help the people in each community reach their basic needs.