Minnesota ReEntry Programs

ReEntry Programs help ex-offenders and felons on probation get jobs, find housing and network with others who may be in a similar situation. Some Re-entry programs may also be associated with religious and spiritual organizations.

A reentry program may be run by a state government, a local nonprofit or even for profit entity and they vary widely in the assistance they can provide.

List of Minnesota ReEntry Programs

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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is well-positioned to implement comprehensive, individualized and evidence-based practices to help returning citizens find and keep a job. Our ReEntry Program focused on helping people with criminal records overcome barriers to employment, independence and success.

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Damascus Way

Damascus Way was established in 1975 to assist men being released from prisons, jails, and treatment centers. We help our residents to find jobs, permanent housing, and a support group/community.

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Freedom Works

The FreedomWorks program is a post-prison ministry that has been helping former offenders reconcile to God, family and community since 2004. It is a 6-to-9 month process designed for men who are trusting Jesus to change them through the comprehensive, life-long aftercare that transforms ex-offenders into courageous peacemakers, hardcore criminals into upstanding citizens, and absent fathers into loving dads.

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Re-Armor Homes

Re-Armor Homes is a non-profit currently based in Ramsey County. We seek out and develop employment and housing opportunities for felons and other community members who find it difficult to find a job or a home due to their criminal background. Founded in Christianity and Community Uplift this organization projects nation-wide success.

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Minnesota Department of Corrections

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) has completed more than 20 major research studies and program evaluations. Of these reports, 13 have evaluated programs that have operated within Minnesota DOC facilities.

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Established in 1948 and headquartered in Northeast Minneapolis, AccessAbility serves an incredibly diverse community of people, all of whom face barriers to sustainable employment and community inclusion.

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Amicus offers a support group in which ex-offenders can come together and help each other build a healthy, positive lifestyle. Through the Amicus Ex-Offender Support Group, ex-offenders come together every Wednesday for support.

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Breaking Free

Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500 women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.

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Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project

Central MN Re-Entry Project (CMNRP) is a Minnesota 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization working to build positive and constructive relationships between ex-offenders and the community. We help ex-offenders by putting them in contact with local employers and landlords, directing them to the appropriate social service agencies, connecting them with pro-social mentors, and providing financial assistance when available.

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Christian Restorative Services

At CSH, it is our mission to advance housing solutions that deliver three powerful outcomes: 1) improved lives for the most vulnerable people 2) maximized public resources and 3) strong, healthy communities across the country.

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Dakota County Re-Entry Assistance Program (RAP)

The Dakota County Re-Entry Assistance Program (RAP) helps jail inmates with histories of multiple jail stays minimize the number of times they return to jail. The program provides transitional and supportive services that assist sentenced inmates exiting the Dakota County Jail with re-entry into the community.

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InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota)

A voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to prepare inmates for reintegration into the community, employment, family, and other significant relationships through educational, values-based programming.

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RS Eden

At the core of RS EDEN’s services is the steadfast belief that with structure, stability, accountability, responsibility, fellowship and faith in the possibility of success, people can and do change.

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St. Stephen’s Ex-Offenders Housing Services

St. Stephen’s Housing Services is working to rapidly rehouse families and individuals with moderate to severe impediments to finding and/or maintaining housing and ensuring the supports are in place to help people at risk sustain their housing and achieve stability in housing.

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Step Ahead

STEP AHEAD helps job seekers with felony convictions and other criminal charges know their work options, set goals, get training, and be successful in their job search.

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The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition

The Second Chance Coalition has been building momentum for change at the legislature. In 2013 we helped pass the statewide expansion of Ban-The-Box, and last year we helped to reform Minnesota’s expungement laws to allow for meaningful second chances.

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