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WELCOME TO THE CIC NETWORK

WH A T ' S
I N S I D E ?

INTRODUCTION

FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES

RESOURCE GUIDE &
UPDATES
This monthly newsletter is a result of the wonderful feedback we received from our families. We heard you!

Here you will access information on free or discounted opportunities for your family, a resource guide and updates about CIC events. Provide feedback via the monthly feedback form so that we can continue to provide the best support possible.

Who Are We?

Founded in 2015, Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) was created to enhance the lives of children impacted by incarceration through research, policy, and enrichment programs.

F U N   F E B R U A R Y
A C T I V I T I E S    F O R    F A M I L I E S

Second Saturdays at TPT
Feb 8, 2020 | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul

It’s Black History Month at the studio this weekend! It’s all free but reserving a time slot is required.
8-11am


Target Free 3rd Sunday

Feb 16, 2020 | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul

Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.
9am-5pm

 

 Free Open Studio – Sculpting

Feb 28, 2020 | Minneapolis Institute of Art

Create a sculpture of your very own using clay, wire, and other materials. 1-3pm

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Saint Paul Right Track Program
February is the application window for this program that provides meaningful work experiences for youth, ages 14-21, who are from a low-income family or have a barrier to employment. The Right Track application for summer jobs is available online through February.

North Community Boxing Gym
This boxing gym, which opened in March 2016 as a safe place to teach fundamentals about life, character, nutrition, education, and boxing, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Northside Boxing Club is much more than a boxing gym -- they are a family. Every weekday evening, the gym offers boxing classes, on-site tutoring, and a nutritious meal from the following restaurants: Bar La Grassa, Burch Steakhouse, 112 Eatery, and Barrio.
Located on 33rd and James Avenue in Minneapolis. 

Saint Paul Urban Tennis Program
This program builds, sustains and nourishes the physical and emotional health of each child who takes part by weaving the fun of tennis with practical health information, giving them the tools to be healthy in body and mind.

Engineering for Kids
Engineering for Kids brings the fun of science, technology, engineering, and math education to kids, ages 4 to 14, through exciting camps, after-school activities, parties, classes, and more. Young engineers have the opportunity to design, build, test, and refine their own creations in a safe and fun environment.

Girls on the Run
This 501 (c)3 non profit organization is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Coureagous HeARTs
Illuminates youth as leaders while inspiring creativity, courage and collaboration throughout the whole community. 

Mia’s Youth Classes
Classes at Mia provide challenging hands-on art experiences that are enriched and inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Led by qualified art instructors, museum classes offer young people a broad cultural view of art history, as well as fascinating insights into artists, techniques, and styles. Classes are priced on a sliding scale, and full scholarships are available!

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY INCARCERATION

 

Prepared by the non-profit organization Children of Incarcerated Caregivers, this Resource Guide will be regularly updated and current versions will be shared on the website, www.cicmn.org.

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.
 
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

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

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.
www.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.
www.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.
www.haumc.org
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.
www.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).
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.
www.parentingwithpurpose.org
7111 W Broadway, Suite 206, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 | (763)503-2892

PEACE OF HOPE
Offers support to people with a family member in prison and affordable transportation to visit them in prison.
www.peaceofhope.info
P.O. Box 29502, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 | 1-800-741-0833

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

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

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

START ANEW
Offers support to women re-entering society after incarceration. They hold weekly group sessions and are available for one-on-one support as well.
www.startanewmn.org
701 Washington Ave. N, Ste 111 Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 361-4645 or (612) 389-0008

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

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

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

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

YMCA
Offers membership opportunities, childcare, after care activities, camps for children, and much more.
www.ymcamn.org
Multiple locations, please refer to the phone number or website for a convenient location | (612) 230-9622
C A M P    I C H AWA G O N    WA S    A
H U G E    S U C C E S S !


Thank you all for your support and participation in camp this summer, we could not have done it without you!

Future Events

Please be sure to check the newsletter to stay up-to-date on events we will be putting on for you throughout the academic school year. 

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