Helping America's most vulnerable™

Reconnect

Amicus Reconnect: your well-connected 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.  Our award-winning staff — some who are former offenders themselves — have expertise in the community and resources available to this population. 

This is 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.

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Location

Amicus office
3041 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Hours

Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Drop-in or make an appointment

Participants

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

Fees

Projects are funded/supported, in part, by Hennepin County, the Office of Justice Programs through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and private donations.

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How we help



We provide practical information, leads, encouragement, and advice through phone, mail, and client visits in-office in South Minneapolis. If we cannot directly meet your needs, we will connect you with someone that can.

Program services include:

  • Housing
  • Referrals to Project Reboot
  • Transportation
  • Clothing
  • Voicemail
  • Computers and phones


Service descriptions



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.

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.

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For more information, contact Mary Maas — Program Manager
Phone: 612-277-3009
mary.maas@voamn.org