RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY INCARCERATION

Prepared by the non-profit organization Children of Incarcerated Caregivers cicmn.org

Children of Incarcerated Caregivers will update this Resource Guide regularly. Please feel free to contact us with feedback and suggestions at https://cicmn.org/contact/. Note that CIC cannot vouch for the organizations on this list.

Children of Incarcerated Caregivers coordinates resources for families and caregivers of children who have an incarcerated parent or caregiver. CIC works directly with a cohort of families by providing opportunities directly, and also shares information and resources to a broader community affected by incarceration. CIC also promotes their mission by educating legal professionals and promoting related policies at the local and state levels.

Activities for Kids, Childcare, Etc.

HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY HOMEWORK HELP

Hennepin County Library offers homework help through free online tutoring for all ages and free online homework help resources. Online tutoring is available every day from 1 to 11 pm on library computers or online at home with a Hennepin County Library Card. Tutors are available in English or Spanish. Online resources include information on history and biography, science, spanish, books and authors, and more. Hennepin County Library also offers online homework help events and a K-12 educators newsletter for families with students in kindergarten through grade 12. Past newsletters are archived on the website below for reference also.

hclib.org/programs/homework-help


MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART ART KITS

MIA offers a variety of art programming for children, teens, and families. Programming often includes rotating art kits for children from ages 6-10 and 10-14 with varying themes. Many of their programs are also scholarship eligible based on annual household income. Contact scholarships@artsmia.org to begin the scholarship process.

new.artsmia.org/programs


YMCA

Offers membership opportunities, childcare, after care activities, camps for children, and much more.

YMCA Programs (PDF)

www.ymcanorth.org

Multiple locations, please refer to the phone number or website for a convenient location | (612) 230-9622

Clothing

READY FOR SUCCESS

Offers men’s and women’s new and gently used professional clothing, accessories, and personal care items suitable for job interviews and the workplace. Provides individual appointments and personal shoppers for every customer.

www.readyforsuccessmn.org

815 & 819 Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | (612) 872-1509

Education, Tutoring, Reading, Etc.

HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY HOMEWORK HELP

Hennepin County Library offers homework help through free online tutoring for all ages and free online homework help resources. Online tutoring is available every day from 1 to 11 pm on library computers or online at home with a Hennepin County Library Card. Tutors are available in English or Spanish. Online resources include information on history and biography, science, spanish, books and authors, and more. Hennepin County Library also offers online homework help events and a K-12 educators newsletter for families with students in kindergarten through grade 12. Past newsletters are archived on the website below for reference also.

hclib.org/programs/homework-help


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Free local book sharing with outdoor contactless ‘libraries’ and ‘sharing boxes’ for food and other goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both of these resources are searchable by location at the link below. There are many locations around the Twin Cities Metro Area and across Minnesota.

littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap


NORTHPOINT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER

Programs include an African American Men’s Project (AAMP) featuring life coaching, a re-entry program that addresses the personal developmental needs of ex-offenders re-entering society, and a book club called Black Men Reading. They also offer a Co-Parent Court Program for people who are in and out of prison, helping them work with the other parent to find what is best for their child(ren).

www.northpointhealth.org

1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 543-2500


YMCA

Offers membership opportunities, childcare, after care activities, camps for children, and much more.

YMCA Programs (PDF)

www.ymcanorth.org

Multiple locations, please refer to the phone number or website for a convenient location | (612) 230-9622

Employment & Career Services

EMERGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Offers services related to employment, job training, financial services, and housing. They have expertise in helping people who are re-entering the community after incarceration, individuals who have been unemployed for long periods of time, immigrants, and refugees.

www.emerge-mn.org

1834 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 529-9267


MY BROTHER’S KEEPER RE-ENTRY SERVICES

Offers a program called Workforce Ways to cultivate positive life change in the disposition of ex-offenders and at-risk youth, creating a foundation for future success.

mbkrsllc.wordpress.com

3003 Penn Avenue North Suite #11, Minneapolis, MN 55411


PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Offers supportive housing for individuals and families who may have a criminal background. Combines rental subsidies with supportive services to restore stability, autonomy, and pride. Offers career training at no cost.

https://www.ppl-inc.org

1035 East Franklin, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | Housing (612) 455-5133 or Career Training (612) 455-5300


READY FOR SUCCESS

Offers men’s and women’s new and gently used professional clothing, accessories, and personal care items suitable for job interviews and the workplace. Provides individual appointments and personal shoppers for every customer.

www.readyforsuccessmn.org

815 & 819 Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | (612) 872-1509


RE-ARMOR HOMES

Offers supervised housing and hands-on work opportunities to those with a criminal record.

515 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55103 | (651) 888-0912


STEP AHEAD

Offers website-based career planning for people with criminal convictions.

careerwise.minnstate.edu/exoffenders


TWIN CITIES R!SE

Offers assistance to individuals on a path to long-term and stable employment.

www.twincitiesrise.org

Minneapolis Headquarters | 1301 Bryant Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 338-0295

St. Paul Headquarters | 1600 University Ave, #8, St. Paul, MN 55104 | (651) 603-8520


YMCA

Offers membership opportunities, childcare, after care activities, camps for children, and much more.

YMCA Programs (PDF)

www.ymcanorth.org

Multiple locations, please refer to the phone number or website for a convenient location | (612) 230-9622

Financial Services

EMERGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Offers services related to employment, job training, financial services, and housing. They have expertise in helping people who are re-entering the community after incarceration, individuals who have been unemployed for long periods of time, immigrants, and refugees.

www.emerge-mn.org

1834 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 529-9267

Food

LOAVES & FISHES

Free and healthy takeaway meals for anyone in need. Organization has many locations around the Twin Cities Metro area and across greater Minnesota, including dining sites and produce markets. Loaves & Fishes also has locations open on major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

www.loavesandfishesmn.org

Email: office@loavesandfishesmn.org


PRISM MARKETPLACE FOOD SHELF AND TOY SHOPPE

PRISM is located in Golden Valley. Their food shelf is open Monday through Thursday from 10am-4pm. PRISM also offers a holiday toy shoppe with pickups 12/10 through 12/18 to qualifying caregivers who register with their program. To qualify, you must live in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Crystal, or Plymouth, and the children you are shopping for must live in your home. Documentation is required for registration. To register, reach out to prism.signup@gmail.com or text (763)308-4890.

www.prismmpls.org

1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422


SECOND HARVEST HEARTLAND

Second Harvest Heartland has 19 locations around Minnesota with ten in the Twin Cities area, and nine in the Duluth area. Second Harvest Heartland offers food shelves and prepared meals, depending on the location. At the link below you can find a map with locations, hours of operation, and services offered.

www.2harvest.org/who–how-we-help/how-to-get-help


TWIN CITIES SALVATION ARMY FOOD SHELVES & HOT MEALS

The Twin Cities Salvation Army has eight food shelves located around the metro area offering a wide range of groceries, including bakery and fresh produce items. There are four locations offering Weekday lunches, and one location offering dinners Thursday through Monday. These services are open to anyone, no questions asked. Locations and more information is available at the link below.

salvationarmynorth.org/twin-cities/get-food-help

Housing

AEON

Offers low-income and family housing. Some properties accept people with a criminal background.

www.aeonmn.org

901 North 3rd Street Suite 150, Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 341-3148


EMERGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Offers services related to employment, job training, financial services, and housing. They have expertise in helping people who are re-entering the community after incarceration, individuals who have been unemployed for long periods of time, immigrants, and refugees.

www.emerge-mn.org

1834 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 529-9267


PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Offers supportive housing for individuals and families who may have a criminal background. Combines rental subsidies with supportive services to restore stability, autonomy, and pride. Offers career training at no cost.

https://www.ppl-inc.org

1035 East Franklin, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | Housing (612) 455-5133 or Career Training (612) 455-5300


RE-ARMOR HOMES

Offers supervised housing and hands-on work opportunities to those with a criminal record.

515 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55103 | (651) 888-0912


RS EDEN

Provides transitional housing and offers recovery-focused, transformative opportunities for residents to achieve personal goals, increase skills and income, integrate with the community, and stabilize housing.

www.rseden.org

Holiday Resources

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART ART KITS

MIA offers a variety of art programming for children, teens, and families. Programming often includes rotating art kits for children from ages 6-10 and 10-14 with varying themes. Many of their programs are also scholarship eligible based on annual household income. Contact scholarships@artsmia.org to begin the scholarship process.

new.artsmia.org/programs


PRISM MARKETPLACE FOOD SHELF AND TOY SHOPPE

PRISM is located in Golden Valley. Their food shelf is open Monday through Thursday from 10am-4pm. PRISM also offers a holiday toy shoppe with pickups 12/10 through 12/18 to qualifying caregivers who register with their program. To qualify, you must live in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Crystal, or Plymouth, and the children you are shopping for must live in your home. Documentation is required for registration. To register, reach out to prism.signup@gmail.com or text (763)308-4890.

www.prismmpls.org

1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422


TWIN CITIES SALVATION ARMY TOY SHOP

During the COVID-19 pandemic this holiday season, the Salvation Army has consolidated their annual toy shop into one drive through location at its Roseville headquarters. This drive through is open to residents of the 10 county metro area for children 0-14 years old. Parents must provide required documentation, and must register ahead of time. Registration and more information can be found online at the link below.

salvationarmynorth.org/twin-cities/toy-shop

(651) 746-3595

Mentorship

PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

Offers parenting classes to parents in prison that focus on how to become better parents and restore and strengthen their family relationships. Offered in Faribault, Rush City, Lino Lakes and Hennepin County Detention Center for Women. They also offer a program called Brother’s Keeper/Sister’s Keeper that gives the parent a positive person to support them as they parent from prison or after release. In addition, they offer programs for kids whose parents are in prison. They have a youth mentoring program for children ages 5-25 with incarcerated parents and a monthly support group where peers can support each other and talk about the issues they face.

www.parentingwithpurpose.org

7111 W Broadway, Suite 206, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 | (763) 503-2892


YMCA

Offers membership opportunities, childcare, after care activities, camps for children, and much more.

YMCA Programs (PDF)

www.ymcanorth.org

Multiple locations, please refer to the phone number or website for a convenient location | (612) 230-9622

Recovery

180 DEGREES – MINNESOTA RECOVERY CONNECTION

Offers support services to men, including prevention, intervention, transition, connections, and integration. Their services include transitional housing, day reporting, life skills, and employment education.

www.180degrees.org

Minneapolis Headquarters | 236 Clifton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 813-5000
St. Paul Headquarters | 1301 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106 | (651) 332-5500


DIGNITY CENTER | HENNEPIN AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Offers support for those who want to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate. Progress is measured by improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, obtained employment, and supportive community.

Email: dignity@haumc.org

425 Groveland 55403, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 435-1315


RS EDEN

Provides transitional housing and offers recovery-focused, transformative opportunities for residents to achieve personal goals, increase skills and income, integrate with the community, and stabilize housing.

www.rseden.org


TRANSITIONS – THE TWIN CITIES MEN’S CENTER

Offers support groups that cover a wide range of topics. They don’t offer a specific support group for re-entering the community after incarceration but are very open to anyone who needs support.

www.tcmc.org/programs-support-groups-twin-cities-mens-center.html

3249 Hennepin Avenue #55, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | (612) 822-5892


UJAMAA PLACE

Offers a free-of-cost program to help men develop the skills needed to be a successful individual, father, employee, and citizen. They provide coaches that individualize the program to the participant.

www.ujamaaplace.org

1821 University Ave Suite N257, St. Paul, MN 55104 | (651) 528-8006

Re-entry & Incarceration Support

ALL SQUARE

Provides law, entrepreneurship, and professional development to formerly incarcerated people. These initiatives help allow access to financial support, social capital, and long-term success.

www.allsquarempls.com

4047 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406 | (612) 787-7164


AMICUS RECONNECT

Offers relationship-based services that are supportive, respectful, and empowering to anyone with a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor on their record. They provide information, referrals, and specialized one-on-one planning tailored to the specific challenges that come with having a criminal background. They can help with housing, referrals to Project Reboot, transportation, clothing, voicemail, computers and phones.

www.voamnwi.org/reconnect

3041 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | (612) 877-4250


BETTER FUTURES MINNESOTA

Offers assistance with employment and housing to clients who have a criminal record. This program has their own housing units and job placement work crew.

www.betterfuturesminnesota.com

2620 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 | (612) 455-6133


CENTRAL MINNESOTA RE-ENTRY PROJECT (CMNRP)

Offers referrals for housing, employment, and other resources.

cmnrp.org

1121 Lincoln Ave South, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 | (320) 656-9004


DAMASCUS WAY

Referral-based Christian residential re-entry program for adult men exiting prison.

damascusway.com

Golden Valley | (763) 545-6558
Rochester | (507) 292-1700


DIGNITY CENTER | HENNEPIN AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Offers support for those who want to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate. Progress is measured by improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, obtained employment, and supportive community.

Email: dignity@haumc.org

425 Groveland 55403, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 435-1315


EMERGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Offers services related to employment, job training, financial services, and housing. They have expertise in helping people who are re-entering the community after incarceration, individuals who have been unemployed for long periods of time, immigrants, and refugees.

www.emerge-mn.org

1834 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 529-9267


GOODWILL RE-ENTRY SERVICES

Offers assistance and training to those re-entering the workforce after incarceration.

www.goodwilleasterseals.org

553 Fairview Ave North, St. Paul, MN 55104 | General (651) 379-5800 or Re-Entry (651) 900-5274


MAD DADS

Offers reintegration support for men and women coming out of prison.

www.minneapolismaddads.org

3026 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | (612) 822-0802


MINNESOTA SECOND CHANCE COALITION

Offers training to individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system. This training helps formerly incarcerated people support themselves and contribute to their communities.

www.mnmcca.com

553 Fairview Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104


MY BROTHER’S KEEPER RE-ENTRY SERVICES

Offers a program called Workforce Ways to cultivate positive life change in the disposition of ex-offenders and at-risk youth, creating a foundation for future success.

mbkrsllc.wordpress.com

3003 Penn Avenue North Suite #11, Minneapolis, MN 55411


NORTHPOINT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER

Programs include an African American Men’s Project (AAMP) featuring life coaching, a re-entry program that addresses the personal developmental needs of ex-offenders re-entering society, and a book club called Black Men Reading. They also offer a Co-Parent Court Program for people who are in and out of prison, helping them work with the other parent to find what is best for their child(ren).

https://www.northpointhealth.org

1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 | (612) 543-2500


PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

Offers parenting classes to parents in prison that focus on how to become better parents and restore and strengthen their family relationships. Offered in Faribault, Rush City, Lino Lakes and Hennepin County Detention Center for Women. They also offer a program called Brother’s Keeper/Sister’s Keeper that gives the parent a positive person to support them as they parent from prison or after release. In addition, they offer programs for kids whose parents are in prison. They have a youth mentoring program for children ages 5-25 with incarcerated parents and a monthly support group where peers can support each other and talk about the issues they face.

parentingwithpurpose.org

7111 W Broadway, Suite 206, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 | (763)503-2892


PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Offers supportive housing for individuals and families who may have a criminal background. Combines rental subsidies with supportive services to restore stability, autonomy, and pride. Offers career training at no cost.

www.ppl-inc.org

1035 East Franklin, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | Housing (612) 455-5133 or Career Training (612) 455-5300


RE-ARMOR HOMES

Offers supervised housing and hands-on work opportunities to those with a criminal record.

515 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55103 | (651) 888-0912


RS EDEN

Provides transitional housing and offers recovery-focused, transformative opportunities for residents to achieve personal goals, increase skills and income, integrate with the community, and stabilize housing.

www.rseden.org


STEP AHEAD

Offers website-based career planning for people with criminal convictions.

www.careerwise.minnstate.edu/exoffenders/index.html


TRANSITIONAL CONFERENCING

Offers transitional conferencing to incarcerated men and their families to help them prepare for reintegration. *This is only offered to men in Dakota County Jail.

www.transitionalconferencing.org

P.O. Box 3152, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (651) 774-8709


TRANSITIONS – THE TWIN CITIES MEN’S CENTER

Offers support groups that cover a wide range of topics. They don’t offer a specific support group for re-entering the community after incarceration but are very open to anyone who needs support.

www.tcmc.org/programs-support-groups-twin-cities-mens-center.html

3249 Hennepin Avenue #55, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | (612) 822-5892


UJAMAA PLACE

Offers a free-of-cost program to help men develop the skills needed to be a successful individual, father, employee, and citizen. They provide coaches that individualize the program to the participant.

ujamaaplace.org

1821 University Ave Suite N257, St. Paul, MN 55104 | (651) 528-8006


WOMEN PLANTING SEEDS

Offers workshops and support groups that aid in re-entry from the correctional system. Specialties include helping women who are coming out of incarceration and working with children who have experienced the loss of a parent due to incarceration.

www.womenplantingseeds.org

P.O. Box 6834, Minneapolis, MN 55406 | (612) 558-5721