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Amicus Mentor Coordinator-Volunteer Recruiter

Amicus Mentor Coordinator/Volunteer Recruiter Purpose of Position:  This full-time position is responsible for volunteer recruitment, community engagement as well as mentoring program coordination (this position is funded in partnership with AccessAbility Inc’s Training to Work 2 – Adult Reentry Grant). The Volunteer Recruiter will be instrumental in implementing new strategies for connecting with qualified mentors […]

Incarcerated Veterans Find Support

By Paul Van Dyke The following story on the new Amicus Veterans Justice Program Veterans Support group at Lino Lakes recently appeared in the “Lino Ledger,” the correctional facility newspaper.  Paul Van Dyke served in the Minnesota National Guard from 2002-2008 as an infantryman. He deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 to […]

Louise Wolfgramm Retirement Open House

Please join us at an Open House Celebrating Louise Wolfgramm and Her Contributions to Amicus   Louise retired as Amicus President in April and since then, has consulted to help Amicus transition into its new role as part of Volunteers of America – Minnesota   We invite you to help us thank her for everything she has meant to Amicus and to wish […]

How I Stay Out

by Johnl m. Jones I will not sugar coat anything as I write this. I have seen the worst of the worst. Reality is I have been the worst of the worst. Growing up in Chicago I learned to adapt to the community I was raised in. People who have never been where I am from […]

The Gift of Making Friends – a Letter from Barry

  JANUARY 18, 2013   Editor’s Note- This post came to Amicus from Barry, an inmate currently serving a life sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater. Determined to show he has changed from the young man who committed his crimes, Barry has worked during his incarceration to earn two Associate degrees, his Bachelors, and is […]

In Gratitude to a Friend: John Blackstone

by Steve Nelson, Amicus Communications Director Sometimes one of the hidden blessings of a loss is that we see more clearly the gifts we had been given. It is in that bittersweet intersection between gratitude and loss that we at Amicus find ourselves at the passing of a true friend. John Blackstone passed away yesterday.  […]

By the Numbers – Great Reasons to Give to Amicus on Thursday’s Give to the Max Day

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 […]

Final Letter to Amicus: Live, Learn and Laugh

Susan Mwarabu has been a volunteer social media contributor for Amicus since 2011. Susan  relocated to North Carolina and is currently in graduate school, attaining her Masters in Public Administration. Her experiences with the justice system have prompted her series of letters to Amicus which will highlight her first meeting with Amicus, her probation experiences, […]

Connecting from Stillwater – A letter from James

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to be able to publish occasional blog posts from participants in the Amicus Connections Group, a monthly circle comprised of men who are incarcerated at Minnesota Correctional Facility Stillwater. Many of those in the Connections Group are serving life sentences. They’ve agreed to provide letters which offer insights on the human, […]

Letter to Amicus; Part Two- A Slice of Freedom

Susan Mwarabu has been a volunteer social media contributor for Amicus since 2011. Susan  relocated to North Carolina and is currently in graduate school, attaining her Masters in Public Administration. Her experiences with Amicus have prompted her series of letters to Amicus which will highlight her first meeting with Amicus, her probation experiences, as well […]