Hunger Relief (Food Shelves)
Family Pathways provides food assistance to people that need it in the City of Forest Lake; Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in Minnesota; and Polk County in Wisconsin. Participants are welcome to choose their own items allowing them to select what their family needs and can use. Weekly visits are encouraged to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. Additional assistance is provided to help participants determine what other resources and services may be available. In addition to nine food shelves, the program operates a mobile food truck weekly, community meals and holiday meals, school age summer lunch program, and volunteer-driven food supplemental (back pack) programs for children.
Family Pathways is committed to helping East Central Minnesota age well, keep older people in their homes, and serve the most isolated and vulnerable members of our communities. Need assessments, support groups and companionship are just a few examples of services available to meet health, social and recreational needs. In addition, we strive to give caretakers the assistance they need to be supportive and remain healthy. Services are offered in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties.
The Refuge Network
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, religion, or gender. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, or if you have questions about abuse, we are here to help. Assistance is available through 24 Hour Crisis Intervention, Personal Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Support Groups, Elder Justice, Community Education, Men’s Programing and a Batterer’s Intervention Program. The Refuge Network also operates the area’s only emergency domestic abuse shelter. The crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-338-SAFE (7233). No one deserves to be abused.
Youth Programs (Teen Centers)
Family Pathway’s Youth Program is a strong source of support helping each participant to develop the skills and abilities necessary to lead economically independent and healthy lives as adults. The program balances evidence-based curriculum with interesting, meaningful, and fun activities that keep teens engaged and coming back.Teen Centers in Forest Lake, North Branch, and Princeton are led by professional youth development experts and trained volunteers’ to support and mentor youth in the areas of Career Development, Academic Success, Health & Wellness, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Healthy Relationships & Safe Dates.