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Welcome to the Pine River-Backus Family Center!

Mission-Values: "Strengthening Families and Building a Strong Community” 
Vision:  “All families have what they need to reach their full potential and contribute to their community” Our work at the Family Center is guided by the following values; respect, integrity, compassion and honesty.

It's our goal to provide local children and their families the support they need to function as strong, healthy family units. We offer a variety of services, programs and opportunities for families...please browse our site to see how we may be of service to you. We'd love to meet you! Feel free to stop by or contact us at 218-587-4292!


SOUP & SWEETS 2nd Annual Event!
March 22nd, 2014 11:00am-2:00pm - At the Warehouse
Fighting hunger by growing healthier families with healthier choices - a Pine Rive Area Food Shelf Fundraiser. Bring your family, friends and other nice people! Questions? 587-4292
SOUPER DONORS: JRs#19, Bites, Dark Cravings, Sweet Revenge, Corner Store and Pine River Bakery

The Backus ~Pine River ~ Jenkins  and Surrounding Area Christmas for Kids would like to thank everyone that donated to our local gift giving program.  Thanks to your  generosity 74 families with 178 children were able to have gifts this holiday season.
-Sincerely,  The Christmas for Kids Program Committee

Need insurance? Compare plans from Minnesota insurers. See if you qualify for a low-cost or free plan by clicking the logo to the left. The Family has two staff trained as MNsure navigators if you need assistance navigating the health insurance system please call us to make an appointment.  At this link, Lakeland News takes a look at assisted enrollment in Pine River.


  • Hidden Jewels Thrift store, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays the following opportunities are available~ sorting, pricing and hanging clothing and housewares and cashier work.
  • The Food Shelf is looking for volunteers to work Tuesdays or Fridays 10:00 am – 2:00.
  • You can contact the Family Center if you are interested.

Meet our new Americorp VISTA ~ Charyl Shaffer comes to us from Bullhead City Arizona and will be providing service to further build the capacity of Food Shelf.  Charyl has been working with volunteers teaching them to preform intake on the computer.  Charyl will also be working with the Soups & Sweets Committee and the Community Garden Plot for the Food Shelf.  If you see Charyl please welcome her to the community! 

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If you are looking for a way to give please consider giving locally. Your donation will help families and strengthen our community at the same time. Please consider a donation now. You can give to the Pine River-Backus Family Center through the GiveMN.org website. Thank you for your support as we strive to shape the future of our community. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Bouchonville at 218-587-4292 or prbfcles@uslink.net.



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