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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, 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.


Volunteer with Amicus

Become a friend to an individual in the criminal justice system

Amicus: Celebrating 50 Years of Service!

  • Reentry Mentoring

    One-to-One

    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

    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.

  • Men of Rafiki

    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.”

  • Reconnect

    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.

  • Sisters Helping Sisters

    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.

  • Veterans Justice

    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
chris.doege@voamn.org

Residential support

  • Residential Re-entry Centers

    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
carl.wicklund@voamn.org