January 30, 2017, Fargo, North Dakota– Mike Marcil, CEO of Aalton Real Estate LLC., a Fargo-based commercial and rental real estate company, awarded a $25,000 grant to the PATH Family Support Program in Fargo, North Dakota.
The grant will be used to support the recruitment and retention of licensed foster families to serve in the PATH Family Support Program. Additionally, the grant will be utilized to provide individualized skills training to both PATH families and the youth’s family. In fiscal year 2015-2016, PATH served 90 children in the Family Support Program. Approximately 75% of the youth successfully completed the program and avoided out of home placement. Currently, PATH is serving approximately 40 children in the Family Support Program.
“We wrap support around the entire family. It’s families helping families,” said Nancy McKenzie, PATH North Dakota Executive Director. “We link a family in need to one of our licensed foster families, who not only provides both personal support but also helps connect them to other services, such as social workers or counselors, that might help them.”
Marcil’s involvement with PATH began two years ago when he entered into a discussion with PATH about developing a new headquarter building for their organization. Over the course of a six month conversation, Marcil and PATH executives decided that the facility formerly used by TMI Hospitality on Westrac Dr. would be designated as the new headquarters for the nonprofit organization.
During the following year, Mr. Marcil’s company, Aalton Real Estate, and PATH created a world-class building that would better support the needs of the organization. In January 2015, PATH moved into the remodeled 33,500 square foot building. PATH, Inc. currently occupies three of the four floors of the building.
As a gesture of goodwill and support of the good work done by PATH in the community, Mr. Marcil decided to provide a $25,000 grant for further support of the organizations ongoing community service.
“I am pleased to provide this grant to PATH and believe in their mission to support children in foster care,” said Marcil. “This is a significant issue in our communities, especially those who age out of foster care and must transition into society. I hope to continue to support PATH’s good works and am honored that this project was a success.”
“There’s a critical need for foster families in North Dakota,” said McKenzie. “We are grateful to Mr. Marcil for the grant that will support the recruitment of foster families for not only long-term foster care, but also for short-term respite care. The money will help the Family Support Program provide families with the support and resources they need that will help keep children in their homes and also transition back home after foster placement.”
Mr. Marcil, over the course of many years, has been passionate about causes related to supporting children, foster care, daycare, preschool-age care, preventing homelessness, and addiction treatment in our local communities.
About PATH, Inc: PATH is a private, non-profit organization providing Treatment Foster Care and other behavioral health services, adoption, and family-based services. PATH program goals include helping families stay together and minimizing the placement of children in hospitals, residential care and/or foster care. The program also works to help families learn new skills and strategies for conflict resolution, develop effective problem solving skills, and connect families to community resources and services while providing a safe and supportive respite home for children when there is high stress or conflict in the family home. For more information about PATH or to learn how you can help by becoming a foster parent, call 877-766-PATH or visit their website PATHinc.org.