Family Pathways was recently awarded an Office of Justice Programs (OJP) contract to provide the domestic violence and sexual assault services of advocacy, education, outreach and a crisis line, as well as parenting time centers for supervised visitation in Kanabec, Pine and Carlton Counties. The award is for 2 years from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2021. Family Pathways is a current funding recipient for similar services in Chisago and Isanti Counties. 

Lisa Mears, Family Pathways chief executive officer said, “Family Pathways just recently finished an 8-month strategic planning process. This new contract award from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs aligns with the organization’s strategic vision and goals for community impact in our essential needs programming. The funding award is validation of our expertise and impact, as well as a testament to the faith OJP has in Family Pathways.”

Victims of violence should contact Family Pathways, otherwise known as Refuge Network, at the confidential, crisis line 800-338-7233. 

Any inquiries from the public or domestic violence partners in Pine, Kanabec or Carlton counties with questions about the transition should contact Lori Quist, director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, 651-674-8040. Media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Thomas, director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives. Family Pathways is currently hiring to expand into this service area. For more information, visit


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