Family Pathways

Mission Statement

Family Pathways' mission is to work with communities to develop supportive, caring relationships to help people meet their basic needs.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Family Pathways Hunger Relief program fed 17,272 people —easing the risk of hunger for 1 in 5 children in our area. Our domestic violence program helped thousands of victims of domestic and sexual assault and provided emergency housing to hundreds of women and children in need. Our Aging Services and Youth programs assisted almost 2,000 community members seeking our services last year. All of this was successful and funded in part by our Thrift Stores who recycled 3 million pounds of items, provided 1.7 million dollars in program support funds.
Current Goals This fiscal year, our programs are working towards mission-based outcomes, internal process innovation, organizational capacity, and stewardship of resources. In our Thrift Stores, we are focusing on increasing the amount of pounds we recycle per month to 250,000 and maintaining an 85% customer satisfaction rate. In our Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Visitation, Men's, Aging, and Youth programs we are looking to increase the number of clients we serve in our service area. This involves a robust analysis of what percentage of our clients are able to meet or exceed their personal action/care plan and the quality of services we are providing in our community.
Community or Constituency Served Family Pathways serves low-income communities who are 200% below the federal poverty line, whose basics are unmet, individuals and families experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, retail thrift store customers, seniors and their care providers, and at-risk youth.
Geographic Area Served The City of Forest Lake, and the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine in Minnesota and Polk County in Wisconsin

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/24/2019

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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6413 Oak St
North Branch, MN 55056
Phone: 651-674-8040

General Information

Alternative Name: Family Pathways, The Refuge Network
EIN: 41-1332828
Principal Staff: Lisa Mears
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 132
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 21658
Ruling Year: 1978


Board Chair: Kathy Lentz
Number of Board Members: 10
Board Meetings with Quorum: 15
Average Member Attendance: 8.6

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