Posts By: Rachel Namson

Jan, 21
Recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
By Rachel Namson | January 15th, 2021

Today we recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. As we reflect on the legacy of Dr. King’s leadership in the fight for civil rights, we know this fight is not over. It is our social responsibility to take up his mantle and continue to fight for social justice in the issues our country…

Oct, 20
How TPN Staff Celebrate Filipino American Heritage Month
By Rachel Namson | October 28th, 2020

October is Filipino American History Month and TPN is celebrating by sharing the personal stories from some TPN staff about their connections to their Filipino heritage.   Jennifer Beck, Director of Finance:  I identify as a first generation Filipina-American. I was born in Santa Ana, California, and my mother and father were born in the…

Oct, 20
How TPN Staff Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month
By Rachel Namson | October 14th, 2020

National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. TPN is celebrating by sharing stories from some of our staff about what this month means to them.   Cristina Diaz, Bilingual Family Advocate, Center for Family Success:  The Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month is a reminder of my roots, not forgetting where I came from.…

Jul, 20
Program of HOPE Closure Announcement
By Rachel Namson | July 20th, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce today the closure of the Program of HOPE (Healing Opportunities Promoting Empowerment) at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. The Oregon Department of Corrections has decided to end our contract and close the program effective 7/17/2020. The Program of HOPE has been a defining moment for The Pathfinder…

Jun, 20
Black-led Organizations & Initiatives
By Rachel Namson | June 17th, 2020

Local Black-led organizations that could use support and donations right now: Ori Gallery Momentum Alliance Portland African American Leadership Forum Urban League of Portland Black United Fund of Oregon Black Parent Initiative Umoja Kijana Shujaa Self Enhancement, Inc. Black Feminist Summer School: $BFKBFSSFund on CashApp Ebony Collective CDC: PayPal Black Resilience Fund Don't Shoot…

Jun, 20
Standing in Solidarity: Pause, Listen, Understand, Act
By Rachel Namson | June 10th, 2020

The Pathfinder Network unequivocally rejects all forms of racism, violence, hate, abuse and bias against our Black and African American brothers, sisters and non-binary loved ones who we know are most impacted right now. We remember the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade in acts of police brutality and misconduct…

Aug, 19
The Pathfinder Network Exhibits at American Parole and Probation Association Training Institute
By Rachel Namson | August 18th, 2019

The Pathfinder Network exhibited at the American Parole and Probation Association Training Institute from August 18-21, 2019 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. The organization’s exhibit features Parenting Inside Out (PIO), its evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parenting skills training program for incarcerated parents. “The Pathfinder Network is excited to share PIO with the…

Jul, 19
Making Waves in Marion County
By Rachel Namson | July 23rd, 2019

We recently concluded a pilot project with the Marion County Reentry Initiative that was created to support men and women with trauma-coping and cognitive-behavioral skills programs as they prepared for release from prison and jail back into the community. Over the course of five months from February to June 2019, we served 166 participants at…

Apr, 19
Reentry to me means another chance
By Rachel Namson | April 8th, 2019

In recognition of Second Chance Month, throughout April we will be sharing stories from The Pathfinder Network staff and community answering the question, "What does reentry mean to you?" Today's story comes from Richard Hines-Norwood, Parenting Inside Out Program Manager.   Reentry to me means another chance. It means newness and opportunity. It means we…

Jul, 18
Pathfinders of Oregon Announces Name Change to The Pathfinder Network
By Rachel Namson | July 16th, 2018

Pathfinders of Oregon, a social service nonprofit serving individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system, announced today it is changing its name to The Pathfinder Network. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the name change reflects the organization’s expanded vision for communities that welcome all people, provide second chances, and create pathways to change on…