Residential Re-entry Centers
Supportive services for ex-offenders
Residential Re-entry Centers (RRCs) have been operated by Volunteers of America Minnesota since 1969. The facilities provide residential re-entry services for men and women who are allowed to complete part of their prison sentences in the community. This affords them the opportunity to restore community ties, obtain employment, and pay a portion of their care and supervision to the state or federal jurisdictions who have authority over them for the period of their stay in the RRC. The centers maintain around the clock shift staff and a strict system of accountability, which ensures that all residents are accounted for both day and night.
Minneapolis & Roseville RRCs
Residential facilities are staffed 24-hours per day
Adult men and women under jurisdiction of federal and state correctional authorities
Paid through respective jurisdictions using the service
How we help
The RRCs offer participants an opportunity to become accountable, productive, tax paying citizens, while avoiding further involvement in the criminal justice system. All residents are screened according to public safety standards and in selected cases are permitted to finish the last 30 days of their sentence in a controlled home confinement, while using monitoring protocols employed by the RRC which include electronic monitoring, global positioning services (GPS), and on-site verifications by assigned staff.
Participants are referred to the RRC by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Probation Office, or by the Minnesota Department of Corrections Work Release Unit. The programs are licensed by the State of Minnesota, and have earned a number of awards from the American Correctional Association Commission on Accreditation. Furthermore, the RRCs enjoy substantial support from the immediate neighborhoods, law enforcement agencies, and business associations.
The RRCs systematically employ services including:
- Financial education
- Job readiness
- Healthy relationships
- Time and anger management
- Moral reasoning
- Cognitive reconstruction
- Parent education
All RRC residents participate in the above programs during their stay. RRC residents are required to obtain verifiable employment, while paying back to the community 25% of their gross earned income.
Residents participate in career planning, training and job-search provided by RRC program staff to help them discover their career options, set goals and advance their career paths. This is an important first step to assist them to take charge of their lives and career. Residents become successful members of society as they make healthy choices to reach their goals, resulting in reduced recidivism.
Many volunteer opportunities are available to assist the participants. All prospective volunteers must pass a federal background check and will receive training before assignment.
We promote self-reliance for someone trying to rebuild his or her life after involvement in the justice system.
- For more information, contact Anna Petersmeyer
- Phone: 952-945-4144