The Pathfinder Network and COVID-19

A Message to our Community

The Pathfinder Network is taking active measures to protect ourselves and our communities in response to COVID-19. We are following guidelines put forth by the World Health Organization and Oregon Health Authority and meeting daily to discuss how to best support our staff, program participants and community partners during this time.

We have modified our agency operations and are focusing our attention on adapting and innovating our programming. Our number one goal is to continue providing support and services to our program participants and their families. From staff to partners, funders and program participants, we are all adapting to new ways of carrying forward our mission. We are inspired by the incredible resiliency, dedication, commitment, and teamwork within our TPN community.

The administrative office and the Center for Family Success will be closed for the foreseeable future. The Oregon Department of Corrections remains closed to contractors, volunteers and visitors. All agency business needs are being conducted with the recommended social distance of at least six feet per the governor’s executive order.

The Pathfinder Network has implemented the following measures to ensure our continued support of those that we serve:

 

Community Programs at the Center for Family Success

Family advocates and mentors are continuing to support program participants via phone calls, video calls, text message and email. Reentry mentors are sending and receiving letters to the adults in custody through mail and accepting collect calls. We continue to accept referrals and are able to facilitate our intake process virtually and over the phone.

The Center for Family Success is open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in order to provide for the essential needs of clients. We are using safe social distancing practices to deliver bus tickets, diapers, wipes, personal hygiene items, food and other needed items.

We are facilitating our Parenting Inside Out, Caring Dads, Healing Trauma and Building Resilience groups remotely via Virtual Classrooms using Zoom. Advocacy and mentoring will continue virtually and over the phone as participants are engaging in groups.

 

Corrections Programs

Our prison-based programs are currently on hold due to our access to the institutions being suspended. We are working with the Department of Corrections to explore remote correspondence and additional distance-learning alternatives to continue our programming.

 

Parenting Inside Out

We are continuing to provide curriculum, customer support and training opportunities for partners implementing the Parenting Inside Out program across the globe. We are working to develop PIO tools available for users who are having to think creatively about how to deliver parenting programming at this time. Please reach out to PIO@thepathfindernetwork.org for more information or with questions.

 

We will continue to adapt and be responsive to the needs of those we serve and do the best we can to work through the challenges and barriers presented by this pandemic. We appreciate the continued support of all of the partners, funders and supporters in our community and we will keep you updated as things change.

It is also important for us all to recognize the more than 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in this country who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts are with those who are experiencing this crisis from inside institutions. We will continue to support and advocate for measures to ensure the safety of all individuals in custody, their families and communities during this time.

If you have any questions or wish to receive more information about our operations or programs, please contact info@thepathfindernetwork.org. Check back here for additional updates and information.

Sending you all our best. Stay well and safe. Thank you for your understanding, commitment, and engagement.

 

With support and solidarity,

Your friends and partners at The Pathfinder Network

News & Resources

The Marshall Project is curating stories from around the web about Coronavirus and the criminal justice system.

Oregon Justice Resource Center has a list of resources and information on COVID-19 and the Oregon Criminal Justice System.

The Daily Appeal is tracking state and local governments’ response to Coronavirus and the criminal justice system.