Pathfinders of Oregon Featured in Giving Library

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Pathfinders of Oregon, a Portland nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of criminality, has been chosen to participate in the Giving Library, a project of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Oregon and Pathfinders are leaders in developing programs to help individuals succeed at re-entry, and to help families break the cycle of criminality.

Pathfinders of Oregon, a Portland nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of criminality, has been chosen to participate in the Giving Library, a project of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Laura and John Arnold envisioned the Giving Library as a tool to bring philanthropists and charities together. The project began almost a year ago and launched on August 14 of this year. According to John and Laura Arnold, they created the site to, “help philanthropists explore a large number of giving opportunities in one place, and to help them make informed and impactful decisions.” The site features videos for each charity that answer ten key questions. Donors who are interested in learning more about an organization can contact it directly from the Giving Library website.

Pathfinders of Oregon was invited to participate in the Giving Library in early January and filmed its videos in March. To date, Pathfinders is the only Oregon nonprofit included in the Giving Library.

Pathfinders of Oregon has been working in Oregon’s prisons and in community programs for twenty years to break the cycle of criminality. Pathfinders was started in 1993 to ensure that people reentering society from prison had the tools to lead prosocial lives. The organization’s founders believed that to create better, safer communities we not only need to break the cycle of criminality, but also to address the obstacles and issues facing the children and families of incarcerated parents.

The original Pathfinders curriculum was a cognitive restructuring program designed to address the root causes of criminal thinking, decision making and behavior and to give inmates the chance to build prosocial skills. From that limited beginning Pathfinders’ work has grown to encompass the children of incarcerated parents and their families, pregnant and parenting youth, and youth at risk for violence. In addition to its programs and services, Pathfinders has worked with the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon Social Learning Center to develop an evidence-based parenting program, Parenting Inside Out, for incarcerated and criminal justice involved parents.

Pathfinders’ most recent project is a collaborative effort with the Multnomah County Commissioners, Health Department and Department of Community Justice, Portland and Gresham law enforcement, Oregon Youth Authority, nonprofit service providers and the faith-based community to prevent youth violence. The collaboration will offer families and youth services and support to meet immediate needs and to build a foundation for making healthy, prosocial life choices.

Pathfinders’ Executive Director, Sharon Darcy, is excited about the possibilities offered by the Giving Library. Said Darcy, “Oregon and Pathfinders are leaders in developing programs to help individuals succeed at re-entry, and to help families break the cycle of criminality. The Giving Library offers us the opportunity to share our work with philanthropists across the country who share our interest in building safer, stronger communities.”

About Pathfinders of Oregon
Pathfinders of Oregon is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to break the cycle of criminality. Pathfinders has taught programs within the Oregon Department of Corrections for 20 years. In the community it offers programs to families impacted by incarceration through its Center for Family Success, and operates an alternative education program for pregnant and parenting teens at its Pathfinder Academy.

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