In a few short hours it’s going to be Thursday, November 15. That’s important because it is “Give to the Max Day.” This is the time when Minnesota nonprofits, including Amicus, often ask engaged people like you to make an online donation to support their cause.
Much of this blog has been devoted toward stories from those we work with and those who volunteer or intern with Amicus. Our agency is effective in large part because we know those stories. To us they’re more than stories. They’re how we spend our lives. We’re proud that for us it’s usually more about relationships we’ve built than the numbers served. We’re not MacDonalds and don’t intend to be. We’re more like “Louise’s Neighborhood Cafe.” We take the time to know people. That said, we do have numbers and they’re important ones for us. As you consider a donation to Amicus on “Give to the Max Day”, check out these digits…
- 2,000 – For many people leaving prison, Amicus Reconnect is the place they go when they don’t know where to go next. Last year, over 2,000 people seeking help on searches for jobs and housing, bus passes to get around town, hats and gloves to ward off the cold, found Reconnect.
- 7 percent – That’s the percentage of participants in the Amicus One to One program who go back to prison for a new felony after being released. Compare that to the Minnesota Department of Corrections number – 23 percent. We believe that those we work with are highly motivated and their success in the community belongs to them, but we also know that Amicus must be doing something right too.
- 703,000 – That’s the estimated number of US Armed Forces Veterans who have been involved in the justice system. Many are struggling with mental health issues and chemical dependency issues related to their time in service. In response to that need, Amicus joined with other agencies in the region to start the Amicus Veterans Justice Program.
- 187 – That’s the number of donors to Amicus last year. It’s not that many compared to a lot of nonprofits in the area. We believe it takes a special person to understand that people who have committed crimes and paid the price for them usually need support for starting a better chapter in their lives and not more punishment.
- 12-18 – That’s the age of the participants in the Amicus Radius program. About 90 girls a year are referred to our program for counseling, support, resources and the space to help them recover from trauma and decide how they want to walk the life paths before them.
- 40 – That’s the number of years our President, Louise Wolfgramm, has dedicated to leading Amicus. It’s not easy keeping a small nonprofit vital and successful these days, and thanks in great part to Louise, Amicus has not only survived, it has become one of the region’s most stalwart leaders in helping people find second chances. Louise is retiring in 2013 and we dedicate every penny we receive in 2012 Give to the Max Day to the “Louise Wolfgramm Transition Fund.” This fund will help keep Amicus services going strong as we journey through one of the most important transitions in the agency’s history.
Thanks for your consideration and please Give to the Max!