With new faces in a new location there have been plenty of changes at the Pathways/Okiciyapi sexual advocacy program.  Melissa Bodin and Gloria Shebala have ensured that all of those changes are positive.


With new faces in a new location there have been plenty of changes at the Pathways/Okiciyapi sexual advocacy program.  Melissa Bodin and Gloria Shebala have ensured that all of those changes are positive.
In the last six months, both Bodin and Shebala arrived new to fill the respective program director positions of Pathways/Okiciyapi. Then, this October, they completed a full facelift and moved into a new office space, too.
Formerly located along Prentice Street in Granite Falls, Pathways Executive Director, Bodin said that the decision was largely financial in nature, although the benefit of discretion provided by their new site was not lost on them.
“We had a great location, but it was right on Main Street,” Bodin said.
Which, when you’re selling widgets is a probably a good thing, but as far as sexual assault victims go, is not always so preferred.
The new location inside of the office collective ‘The Wellness Center’ off of Hwy. 212, however, has its own back entrance well away from the limelight, and though smaller, is said to suit the two advocates just fine.
“We don’t need a lot of space, we just need a place to meet with people,” Bodin said.

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With the funds saved through the move, Bodin says that she intends to funnel the extra finances into education, client needs and connecting with those who are in need of services.
“There’s a lot of abused kids and adults walking around today. We want to find those people and let them know that we’re here,” Bodin said. “If you have been touched by sexual assault or know somebody who has – and everybody does – we want them to know that we can help.”
Pathways/Okiciyapi has regular office hours, but  services can also be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a 24-Hour Crisis Line. Both Pathways/Okiciyapi and the Crisis Line can be reached at 320-564-4894.