Almost without exception, the individuals who Amicus and Volunteers of America – Minnesota serve every day are those upon whom society has turned its back.
Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin website: www.voamnwi.org/amicus
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 27, 2013
(Minneapolis, March 27) – The Boards of Directors of Amicus and Volunteers of America-Minnesota (VOA-MN) have agreed to merge. The Amicus Board voted unanimously on March 12 to join the operations of the human services agency with VOA-MN, effective April 1. The VOA-MN Board of Directors also unanimously adopted the merger plan at its March 26 meeting.
Amicus retains its name but its operations will become part of VOA-MN. Amicus is well known for its work within the Minnesota prison system and helping those reentering society after incarceration to find jobs, housing, and meet other needs. For more than 45 years, the Amicus One to One program has matched trained volunteers with inmates to form lasting friendships and to help them become positive members of the community after release.
“Services like this for people in prison and coming out of prison have been in the DNA of Volunteers of America for 117 years,” said Paula Hart, president and chief executive officer of VOA-MN. “One of our co-founders, Maud Booth, was known as the ‘Little Mother’ and for her passionate prison reform leadership throughout the nation. We are honored to carry on that legacy by welcoming Amicus into the VOA-MN family. I am certain that we will be better together.”
While the current Amicus staff of approximately 20 people will remain dedicated to existing services, they will become VOA-MN employees and their programs will be incorporated into VOA-MN’s Rehabilitative and Reentry Services, and Children, Youth and Family Services.
“The first priority of this merger is to those we serve,” said Louise Wolfgramm, the retiring Amicus president. “This agreement will enable us to stabilize our current services while capitalizing on the opportunities offered by working as a single larger agency on behalf of the 2,638 people we served last year.”
The organizations’ stated purpose for the merger is to create a greater reach to help people gain self-reliance, dignity and hope. Through their mutual values of compassion and respect, Amicus and VOA-MN will strengthen quality services for adult prisoners, ex-offenders, and youth with high needs.
“I view it as a win-win situation,” said Paul H. Anderson, associate justice of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, and a member of the Amicus Board of Directors. “Amicus has developed a distinguished legacy of service to prisoners and to those reentering society after a prison sentence. This pairing with Volunteers of America Minnesota is the best way to ensure that legacy will remain intact for many years to come. I look forward to these organizations carrying on the work of instilling hope and transforming lives.”
As part of the agreement, two Amicus Board members will be invited to join the VOA-MN Board of Directors. The merger process was funded by a grant from the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
“We appreciate the due diligence of our two staffs, the dedicated hours of study on behalf of our Boards of Directors, and especially the stewardship of the United Way, without whose support this merger would not have been possible,” Hart noted.
About Volunteers of America-Minnesota
Volunteers of America-Minnesota is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit health and human services organization whose mission is to help people gain self-reliance, dignity and hope. We have served Minnesota since 1896, and have grown to be one of the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit organizations in the state. Each year, our wide variety of programs uplift more than 26,000 children, youth and families, seniors, people with special needs, and adults completing community reentry programs. We are affiliated with Volunteers of America, a national, faith-based organization that helps more than two million people annually live healthy, productive lives and reach their full potential. VOA-MN reported FY 2012 revenues of $40.5 million. For more information about Volunteers of America-Minnesota, visit http://www.voamn.org or call 952-945-4000.
Amicus is a Minneapolis-based human services agency that provides eight services and programs focused on support for Minnesotans with criminal records, principally from the state correctional system, to build positive and affirming friendships and reduce recidivism. Amicus also works with girls involved in the juvenile justice system through its award winning Radius program. Amicus reported FY 2012 revenues of $1.1 million. For more information about Amicus, visit http://www.amicususa.org/ or call 612-877-4250.
Contact: Jeff Smith, Communications Director, Volunteers of America – Minnesota, Office 952-945-4083, Cell 612-875-8161
Steve Nelson, Director of Communications, Amicus, Office 612-877-4268, Cell 651-788-6573