Freedom Works

Our Story

What is our mission?

The FreedomWorks VisionTo free men from the curse of crime and guide them to a satisfying life walking with God

Mission Statement:  FreedomWorks residents are given a place to live, a pathway to employment, an individual mentor, and a network of supporting volunteers that walk with them as they learn to trust God to transform their lives through Bible study, personal accountability, service and fellowship.

Mission Statement:

  • To reduce the rate of recidivism in Minnesota (defined here as re-convicted of a felony and returned to prison) by providing practical support to men and women released from prison or rehab treatment programs.
  • To meet the needs of former offenders for housing, employment, individual and family counseling, spiritual and vocational guidance, job coaching, food, clothing and transportation for program participants.
  • To provide for former offenders quality training and resources that educate, equip and offer access to adult support from the community at large for each individual program participant and their families.
  • To provide former offenders with service opportunities.
What is our statement of faith?

God and Man

  • We believe in the one Triune God . . . Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . undivided in essence.  God created man in His own image, but man, through sin, has become estranged and separated from God and, without faith in Jesus Christ, is eternally lost.

Jesus Christ

  • We believe Jesus to be the Christ who is both fully God and fully man, who died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father as mediator between God and man.  All who repent of their sins and believe on Him shall be saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.  Jesus will visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion.

Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells and sanctifies all those who by faith receive Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.

The Bible

  • We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are verbally inspired by God and wholly without error in all that they declare and are the supreme and final authority for all of faith and life. Believers are to devote themselves to prayer and daily study of the Bible and through the Holy Spirit, allow its transforming power to nurture them into Christ-like maturity.

Life Together

  • We believe that in Christ believers can be reconciled and restored to God, their families and their communities regardless of race, economic status, age or background, and that they are to act justly, proclaim the Gospel and make disciples among all people.
  •  We believe that the Christian is not his own but bought with a price and created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for him to do.  Faith alone is the condition of salvation, but good works and righteous living should accompany such faith and furnish evidence of its existence.
What is our goal statement?

Goal Statement: Reconciled for Life

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

The goal of FreedomWorks is to equip men with the tools needed to provide life-long aftercare that transforms violent predators into courageous peacemakers, hardcore criminals into upstanding citizens, and absent fathers into loving dads. Based upon the following principles:

  • Honesty: the ability to know when you’re off-track
  • Humility: reaching out and asking for help
  • Confession: speaking the truth out loud
  • Reconciliation: making things right
  • Gratitude: giving back

The FreedomWorks program focuses on creating a safe and encouraging living environment that guides men into new relationships, positive support systems and Christ-centered studies. We provide resources for career development and housing stability.

Our program complements 12-step recovery meetings and encourages new relationships through fellowship. We engage residents, mentors and volunteers in service opportunities, like food drives and local church services. Each program requirement aims to foster disciplines that sustain an abundant life in Christ.

Where we were

When did the FreedomWorks Ministry start?
  • FreedomWorks was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization by
    Fred Peterson and others leading Bible Study in Lino Lakes Prison.
What is the history of the FreedomWorks building?

In 2004, a building was purchased in North Minneapolis to serve as a Welcome Back Center for men returning to society from incarceration.  The building houses staff offices, a computer lab and a meeting room used for community meals and meetings, fellowship, counseling, prayer, education and FreedomWorks sponsored events. The building also has five separate three man apartments.

Where we are

Who do we serve?

FreedomWorks exists to help former offenders who are returning to society from incarceration reconcile to God, family and community.  We provide guidance and structure to men who are trusting Jesus to change them through the comprehensive, life-long aftercare that transforms ex-offenders into courageous peacemakers, hardcore criminals into upstanding citizens, and absent fathers into loving dads.

What is the process that FreedomWorks follows?
Matthew 28:18-20 “…Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”

Our ministry process is made up of 4 Phases:

Phase I: “Transition” Galatians 5:1
Our men learn to live in freedom while they develop trust and credibility

Phase II: “Transparency” Ephesians 4:22-25
Our men exercise their openness in relationships while building their personal support network.

Phase III: “Transformation” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Building their new life along side their support network, our men start to work on new goals for their next steps in their life of freedom.

Phase IV: “Reach Back” 2 Timothy 2:2
Our men continue to experience new freedom as they reach out and back to both to the local community as well as the FreedomWorks community.

What is your weekly schedule?

Weekly Schedule 

Monday:
6:00 to 6:30 pm – House Meeting (FW will provide light dinner)
6:50 pm – Leave for Community Bible Study from 7 to 8:30 pm.
The Bible Study is held at Faith Baptist Church, 4350 Russell Ave. N.
Tuesday:
11:00 to 11:30 am – House Meeting (for men that are approved to work in the evenings)
11:30 to 12:30 am – Connection- meal & fellowship (for men that are approved to work in the evenings)
Thursday:
6:15-7:45 pm – Connection -Fellowship and Dinner with FreedomWorks Alumni, mentors, volunteers and community. All residents are required to attend.
7:40 pm – Clean Up, required for all residents, until approximately 8:30 pm. Residents are required to stay until all jobs are completed.
The Thursday Night Connection is held at the Faith Baptist Church, 4350 Russell Ave. N.
Friday:
10:00 to 11:30 am – House Bible Study (for men that are approved to work in the evenings)
2nd Friday
Friday:
10:00 to 11:30 am – House Bible Study (for men that are approved to work in the evenings)
2nd Friday of each Month – Food Drive:
5:00 pm – Show up at 3559 Penn by 5:00 PM, to ride with the group. We will arrive back at the
residence at or before 9 pm.
5:30 pm – If you have your own ride, please be at the address above by 5:30 pm, and stay until the food drive ends.
The Food Drive is held at the Grace Evangelical Free Church, 755 73rd Ave NE, Fridley
Weekend Expectations
Recovery group – Residents are required to attend a weekly support group of their choice.
Local Church service – Residents are required to attend a weekly church service of their choice.

How do I apply to be a resident?
  • Click on Resident Application at the top of this page

 

Contact

What is the address and phone number of FreedomWorks?
  • 3559 Penn Ave N  Minneapolis, MN
    612-522-9007     
Who are the FreedomWorks staff and how can I reach them?
 George Lang – Executive Director
612-522-9007
george@myfreedomworks.com
 
Steve Stoltz – Intake Coordinator
612-522-9007
intake@myfreedomworks.com
  
Curtis Brittan – Chaplain
612-522-9007
chaplain@myfreedomworks.com
  
Steve Swinehart – Volunteer Coordinator
612-522-9007
chaplain@myfreedomworks.com
 
Jeff Schwartz – Admin Coordinator
612-522-9007
jeff@myfreedomworks.com