Amicus, is celebrating 50 years of service in the criminal justice and veterans services arena this year! Amicus merged with Volunteers of America of Minnesota in 2013. Its mission is to partner with people currently being supervised by the criminal justice system or those with a criminal record and community members to help build successful lives and stronger communities. Amicus provides one of the state's longest standing and most successful transitional mentoring programs for those leaving incarceration, and we always have a great need for volunteers.
Amicus and re-entry services
Amicus: Celebrating 50 years of service!
Our services for adults in community re-entry promote further responsibility, quality of life and ethical behavior in the home and the community
Amicus: Celebrating 50 Years of Service!
Amicus Reentry Mentoring has been training volunteers to serve as mentors for individual inmates across Minnesota for 50 years. By visiting, writing, and listening to their One to One matches, our volunteers have helped thousands of people successfully transition from incarceration back into society. Our One to One program has been recognized as one of the most well-established, effective and reliable reentry mentoring programs in the state.
Amicus Reflections Support Group offers a place in which people with criminal records can come together and help each other build a healthy, positive lifestyle.
VOA-MN’s Amicus services recently reinstituted a much-loved and effective reentry program called Men of Rafiki. Men of Rafiki is a culturally specific reentry initiative that Amicus initially ran from 1997 through 2009 and brought back with the support of the MN Department of Corrections in 2015. “Rafiki” is Swahili for "friend.”
Amicus Reconnect is 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.
Amicus Sisters Helping Sisters is an innovative transitional program, which female inmates at MCF-Shakopee who are nearing release have the opportunity to participate in.
Amicus Veterans Justice can help veterans navigate the processes necessary to access the many resources available to them, as well as assisting them with searches for jobs, housing and other essentials of daily life.
- For more information about Amicus, contact:
- Phone: 612-877-4250
Residential re-entry services for men and women who are allowed to complete part of their prison sentences in the community
- For more information about the Community Justice Division, contact:
- Phone: 612-277-3011