Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
Michelle has served in numerous roles during her time at the Center. She began as a parent advocate, working with parents coming out of prison to rebuild their lives and their families. When the evidence-based Parenting Inside Out program was introduced into the community, Michelle became one of the first parenting coaches. She went on to become a master trainer for Parenting Inside Out and has worked with agencies implementing Parenting Inside Out across the country. She became the Program Director at the Center two years ago.
The Center for Family Success, located in Rockwood, serves families that have a parent involved in the criminal justice system. In addition to Parenting Inside Out classes, the Center offers the family violence prevention program, Healthy Relationships: Successful Families. Parents can also take financial literacy classes and receive help in preparing for and seeking employment. Family Advocates and home visiting fill out the program, helping parents build parenting skills, navigate the system to reestablish contact with their children after prison and help their families reintegrate and succeed.
The Center is at the heart of the Rockwood Pathways Project, a multiagency effort to coordinate services to families in the Rockwood area of east Multnomah County. Through the Center, parenting classes are being offered to parents of Alder Elementary School – a dreamer school through the I Have a Dream Foundation – and H.B. Lee Middle School students.
Michelle is leaving the Center for Family Success to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Portland State University. She plans to do counseling with at risk individuals and families. Center Director, Glenna Hayes, said, “Michelle has been part of the Center for Family Success’s journey from the very beginning. She has served our clients with compassion and energy.”
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 the criminal justice system through its Center for Family Success in Rockwood, and operates an alternative education program for pregnant and parenting teens at its Pathfinder Academy.