AMICUS RECONNECT PROGRAM: YOUR WELL-CONNECTED FRIEND
Who we are: A program and drop-in center providing information, referrals, and specialized one-on-one planning tailored to the specific challenges that come with having a criminal background. Our award-winning staff – some who are former offenders themselves – have expertise in the community and resources available to this population.
Who we serve: Anyone with a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor on their record – whether just out of a federal, state, or county correctional facility or years after release.
Our approach: A relationship-based service that supports, respects, and empowers the whole person. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter what their criminal background.
What we do: Provide practical information, leads, encouragement, and advice through phone, mail, and client visits to our new office in South Minneapolis. If we cannot directly meet your needs, we will connect you with someone that can.
More specifically, our program services include:
- Housing: Offer case-by-case information and referrals to housing opportunities that both meet individual needs and are open to those with a criminal background. Authorized to provide referrals to Bridging for help with furniture and other housing goods.
- Employment: Utilize multiple online databases to help searching for jobs in fields that are often open to people with felonies. Update several binders of job openings daily as well as provide one-on-one recommendations and assistance. Give assistance in writing resumes.
- Provide referrals to Project Reboot: a 5-part series of support sessions designed to inspire and help build skills necessary to land AND KEEP a good job despite a felony on record, find stable affordable housing and make smart moves relating to personal finances. Job seeking topics include computer skills, networking and job search skills, resume writing, mock interviews, and how to answer the felony question. For more information and to sign up for the next session, contact Danni Roeser at 612-877-4258.
- Transportation: Offer subsidized bus passes at a reduced price and bus tokens to verifiable interviews and appointments.
- Clothing: Provide referrals to clothing resources both for general use and for job interviews. Also supply limited winter gear and hygiene items.
- Voicemail: Offer a free voicemail number for up to 6 months to those without a phone.
- Computers and phones: Available for use to aid in job and housing search, setting up appointments, checking in with probation officers, etc. Time limit enforced when others are waiting. Staff assistance provided for help setting up an e-mail account as well as faxing, copying, and printing documents.
When: During drop-in hours or by appointment. Drop-in hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Our new office is located in the Central neighborhood in South Minneapolis at 3041 4th Avenue South. It is easily accessible by bus on routes 11, 21, 53 as well as the Chicago-Lake Transit nearby. Come up to the building’s second floor, check in with the receptionist, and we’ll be happy to meet with you.
For more information, contact Reconnect Program Manager Mary Maas at 612-877-4265.