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About Us

Welcome to Community Pathways of Steele County, a beacon of hope and support for individuals, families, and our community. Our story is one of unity and a shared commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve. In January 2020, two esteemed nonprofits, the Steele County Clothesline and the Steele County Food Shelf, merged to create a dynamic and forward-thinking organization known as Community Pathways of Steele County.

Our merger was the culmination of years of collaboration, dedication, and the unwavering belief that together, we can do more to assist our neighbors in need. It was a decision made after careful consideration, thorough research, and unanimous support from both boards. This merger validated the power of teamwork and reflected our shared vision of a stronger, more compassionate Steele County


What excited us most was the potential for new and improved services born out of strategic planning, optimized resource allocation, and innovative thinking. Our goal was to enhance the support we provided to our families, and we were dedicated to achieving this without compromising on the quality and accessibility of our programs.


As we embarked on this journey, we also updated the names of our programs to better reflect our mission and identity. The Steele County Food Shelf changed to "The Marketplace," while the Steele County Clothesline became "Unique Finds." The Marketplace continued to serve eligible individuals and families, ensuring access to essential food resources. Unique Finds, on the other hand, continues to welcome everyone, regardless of life circumstances or income, to discover hidden treasures while supporting the mission of Community Pathways.

Our roots run deep in Steele County, with the Steele County Clothesline's origins dating back to 1963 when the Women's Club of Owatonna initiated services for the children of the State School. The Steele County Food Shelf's genesis began in 1970, originating from the compassionate hearts of local churches dedicated to serving their members. In 1999, both organizations united under one roof at our current location, ensuring our community had access to vital resources.

We are immensely grateful for the community's unwavering support of our mission and the recognition of basic needs throughout the years. As we continue to evolve and grow to meet the ever-changing demands of our community, we hope to see your continued support. Together, we can create a brighter, more resilient Steele County where access to vital resources, sustainability, and additional programming enrich the lives of all its residents.

 

Join us in our journey at Community Pathways of Steele County, where compassion, collaboration, and commitment drive us to build a better future for all.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote a stronger and healthier community by being a trusted resource for food, clothing, and other support.

Our Mission

Our mission is to assist individuals and families meet their basic needs by providing resources in a healthy and caring environment.  Through these actions, we build hope and support self-sufficiency.

Our Staff

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Judy Buenger

Marketplace Inventory

Coordinator

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Troy Bice

Marketplace Delivery Coordinator

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Kelly Pirkl

Unique Finds 

Inventory Coordinator

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Robin Starr

Community Navigator

Marketing and Outreach

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Dom Korbel

Executive Director

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Zach Roberts 

Operations Manager

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Deborah Fearn

Marketplace Coordinator

Board of Directors

 Dave

Otto

President

Steve

Grubish

Vice President

Vickie

Skala

Secretary

 Dan

Struss

Treasurer

Martha

Castaneda

Director

Jennifer

Copeland

Director

Amanda

Floy

Director

Karen

Hale

Director

Mark 

Rahrick

Director

Katie

Wanous

Director

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