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Patrice Schaller

Support services Director

The resilient one…


Her Story…

Patrice was in foster care from the ages 6 to 11. She was then adopted, and went into a transition foster home at age 18 for a year. She has been living independenty ever since then, and she has never turned back. Her experience made her into the strong, intelligent, caring, and mature being she is today.

She has always felt it was important to give back and help the next generations to have better futures. Her life experience wasn’t the worst, but it could have been better. Too many youth age out and end up homeless, lost, or taken advantage of. This work is part of what she wants to do in her future, and she is super excited to contribute. It is an innovative way to help young people to start those conversations with the adults who can help them take control of their lives and succeed.


Her Qualifications…

Patrice got her Welding & Fabrication Diploma in 2012, before deciding to take a break for a few years, and is currently studying Social Work at Metropolitan State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Patrice hopes to pursue a Master’s of Science in Co-Occuring Disorders and Recovery Counseling, so she may be licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), as well as a Liscensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Patrice has been working with young people since she was a youth herself, volunteering for the St. Cloud Public Library in the Children’s Room at age 14. She also volunteered at the Tri-County Humane Society around the same time and got to work with a variety of people of different ages. And of course, the animals.

She volunteered for two years at each before getting her first official job. Throughout much of her teenage years she was involved in lots of different groups and camps - often seen as a role model and a team leader. She has a long history of helping out with things and has helped to keep an eye on the younger youth. She also did a variety of things from KidStop, art camps, to the Character Training Center, and was involved in different adoption support groups, Harambee, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, as well as Our Voices Matter.


Her Role…

Patrice is P4P’s Support Services Director, which means she focuses on co-facilitating and coordinating various programs, including but not limited to, the Training Institute, Mentor Program, and P4P Social, an online forum for current and former foster and adopted youth. But she has also served as the team’s general support member since P4P’s inception, engaging and providing support to new team members and assisting with curriculum development training.

Patrice has also presented at numerous trainings and conferences, including the GAL Roundtable Training, the GAL Annual Training at Mystic Lake, and the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today conference - twice.


Her Life…