About Us

Pine River-Backus Family Center

Your number 1 family friendly center providing you with the resources you need to reach your full potential.


Our Mission: "Strengthening Families and Building a Strong Community” 


Our 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!

Meet Our Staff

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Andie Strenge

ParentChild+ Program

Home Visitor


Toddler tamer extraordinaire!


Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC) for the West Central Region

Regional Preventer!

Healthy Passage Birth Services, Doula, Labor, Postpartum, Home Visitor, Home Visiting Program, Pine River Backus Family Center
Alex Raiden Ritter

Web Designer, Editor, & Social Media Manager


Jodi Perry, Pine River Area Food Shelf, Backus Family Center, Nutrition, Garden, Community
Jodi Perry

Pine River Area Food Shelf Coordinator


Feeder of the hungry!

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Amy Gordon

Family Support Specialist

Baby Whisperer!

LuAnn Gravelle

Family Support and Office Staff

Resident Miracle Worker!

Pine River Backus Family Center Director
Leslie Bouchonville

Pine River-Backus Family Center Director and Home Visiting Supervisor


Fearless leader!