180 Degrees – 180 Degrees operates a variety of programs and services dedicated to turning lives around. Our mission is: 180 Degrees, a multi-cultural organization, provides comprehensive, culturally specific services that empower our clients to improve their lives by making positive choices resulting in healthier individuals, stronger families and safer communities. We provide residential programs, life skills enrichment, resiliency mentoring, educational engagement, supportive accountability programs and therapeutic mental health services for youth, adults and families in Minnesota. 180 Degrees, Inc. was incorporated in 1971. We are a 501(c)(3) organization that is led by a 11-member, multidisciplinary board of directors.
AccessAbility – AccessAbility, Inc. provides an array of programs and services to meet the changing life needs of adults with a variety of barriers to employment and community inclusion including individuals with disabilities and economic disadvantages. The goal for most individuals is placement in a community job. Training and work opportunities are available in a three-prong approach: entry level basic skills, mid-to-high technology, and career/personal training. Recreational and retirement programs are also available. As a result of our training and programs, we serve nearly 600 participants annually at individual work sites, in work crews at business sites and at our three locations.
Amicus – 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. Participants will hear from guests and the group will make time every week to hear from each other about day-to-day problems.
Breaking Free – Breaking Free is committed to diversity and to the empowerment of women. Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise, and many are themselves survivors.
Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project – CMNRP is a Minnesota 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 necessary. These services reduce recidivism by helping to insure that the ex-offender has access to legal sources of support.
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.
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. Community Corrections reviews requests from jail inmates seeking re-entry assistance, conducts interviews to determine eligibility and identifies service needs for inmates selected for the program. After an inmate is accepted, Corrections identifies and coordinates service needs, options and develops a re-entry case plan.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Re-Entry Services – 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 Services are focused on helping people with criminal records overcome barriers to employment, independence and success. We begin with outreach and preparation for prisoners before they are released from our local, county, state and federal facilities.
InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota) – InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota) is a voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to reduce recidivism by preparing inmates for reintegration from prison to the community. The program seeks to promote positive values and address the criminogenic needs of participants by educating inmates in a variety of areas, including substance abuse, victim-impact awareness, life-skills development, cognitive skill development, moral development, education, community reentry, and religion. Although the program promotes Christianity, the InnerChange program is open to both Christians and non-Christians. Additionally, the InnerChange program matches each offender with a mentor in the community and engages the community by involving local churches in program activities, with the belief that such support and ties to the community will reduce the recidivism rate of participants.
RS Eden – Since 1971, RS EDEN has been a leader in delivering effective services to Minnesota and surrounding communities. From early achievements in substance abuse treatment and correctional residential programs, RS EDEN has evolved into a multi-faceted agency that facilitates positive change in the areas of chemical dependency, family services, corrections and affordable housing. Safe and healthy communities foster healthy individuals and families – and vice versa. It is critical to keep building on new beginnings.
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.
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. St. Stephen’s is successfully rehousing and stabilizing those with significant impediments to regaining housing stability, including individuals and families newly recovering from a substance abuse addiction, recent, repeated incidents of domestic violence and those with histories of evictions, bad credit and incarceration.
Step Ahead – This website helps ex-offenders and soon-to-be-released incarcerated persons find career planning, training, and job search information. STEP AHEAD was created for use on a secured computer system within Minnesota Department of Corrections facilities. The goal was to create a “website” with comprehensive career information for those who do not have access to the Internet. All content on that “closed website” is mirrored on the live site, hosted by ISEEK.
The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition – Coalition members are involved in some or all of the following activities: Second Chance Day on the Hill (planning, organizing, and coordination of all event activities); policy research and public education; lobbying, advocacy, and community organizing; and ongoing communications to member agencies, policymakers, and the public via website, listserv, and social media. Coalition members are frequently called upon to speak at events, educate policymakers, and provide information and commentary to local and national media outlets. Since its recent inception, the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and its member organizations have effected significant policy change while increasing awareness and visibility of second chance issues on a local and national level.
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