Helping Men Reconcile to God, Family and Community since 2004

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

A Path to Becoming FreedomWorks Staff

Anthony arrived at FreedomWorks last September.  Right away after joining the Reentry & Aftercare (R&A) program, Tony was volunteering around the facility, helping Larry Knox, our facility lead, in any way he could.  And wouldn't you know that the biblical principle...

Embarking into Marriage

Grogan, we will call him G for short, entered into FreedomWorks sponsored lodging program with PIR.  Towards the end of his treatment he approached me about coming up to the R&A floor saying, "I want what you and Marlin have." His words blew me away.  He wanted peace...

A Journey from Shame…… Glory

On September 11th the nation remembered it's 20 year journey since the fall of the Two Towers.  That date marked another significant journey for some of our participants.  A group of 11 participants, staff & volunteers went to Huron South Dakota, thanks to one of our...

Moving Forward in 2021

As of mid April, 2021 we have 140 participants in five individual program areas. The heart of our program is found in Christian development spread throughout the Reentry and Aftercare (Christian Discipleship model), Treatment, Supportive and Independent Living.  We...


In the early summer of 2020, a key “Live in” Recovery Coordinator, Marlin Meszaros informed me he was planning on marrying Erin Carrol (fiancé) in October and desired to maintain his status in the Individualized Program Area (IPA). After much prayer and reflection, I...

Freedom at Work

Jared arrived on the FreedomWorks campus in August of 2019.  Since arriving on campus, Jared has not only used his work ethic and skill in our building remodel, but also has been a stable example and proponent of our community.  Jared says that “FreedomWorks is a...

Loss, Love & Legacy

The FreedomWorks family both grieves and celebrates the homegoing of one of the Lord’s precious servants and most vigorous warriors in HIS Kingdom.  Joseph Cornelius Sutton was called home at the age of 62 on March 1, passing away peacefully in his home.  Joseph is a...

Setting our Eyes on the Promises

2020 came with its own unique challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic hit. All non-essential businesses, schools, and places of worship, including our programs, were shut down. My staff all scrambled to support the then 65 men on campus. As summer started, we felt the...


As I look back over 2020, the difficulties were real, but God’s Grace was present. Together we completed the Achievement Center renovations, providing space for 108 new participants in three additional programs. Praise God, because we now have licensed drug and...


Covid-19 has disrupted many of our programs and events. We cancelled the spring and fall fundraisers that would have provided support needed to fund the remaining building renovations, seed money for us to hire new staff to support the 100 men now living on campus,...


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The Transitional Programs


Treatment Lodging

FreedomWorks partners with various outpatient treatment providers, one of which offers services on our campus. The treatment providers cover the participants’ lodging in our sober community.


Board & Lodging Support

FreedomWorks supports board & lodging for men who qualify through state funding (formerly known as GRH). Participants will need to attend to a program structure and be working towards independent living.


Independent Living

This opportunity is for working men who desire to be involved within the FreedomWorks community, but are not necessarily suited for our other options. These men live together and commit to sobriety

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.

Galations 5:1

The ReEntry & AfterCare Program

This opportunity is the rock of FreedomWorks and outlined with the gospel of Christ. This is a working, self-pay community of men who are learning to build their lives upon Biblical principles.

This eight-month structured program intends to guide men into a closer relationship with Christ.

This program is also available to those in any of the Transitional Programs at any time. Graduates of this program have earned the privilege to participate in our Independent Living Program.

Who Do We Serve in the ReEntry and AfterCare Program?

FreedomWorks exists primarily 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 are the phases for the ReEntry and AfterCare Program?
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 the ReEntry and AfterCare Schedule?

Reentry & Aftercare Weekly Schedule

6:00 to 6:30 pm – House Meeting (FW will provide light dinner)
7:00 pm – Community Bible Study

6:15-8:00 pm – Connection -Fellowship and Dinner with FreedomWorks Alumni, mentors, volunteers, and community. All R&A participants are required to attend.

2nd Friday of each Month – Food Drive:
5:00 pm – Be on the van 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 – R&A Participants are required to attend a weekly support group of their choice.
Local Church service – R&A participants are required to attend a weekly church service of their choice.

Independent Living

Graduates of our Reentry & Aftercare program and those that have one year of sobriety and employment are eligible to participate in our individualized program.

Some members are fully self-employed while others are in our Lodging with Services Independent Model. Men in this model have transitioned off of transitional Lodging Support and continue to work towards reducing their use of state funds.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesss entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.



Making a Change

The Revolving Door Stops Here

Upon release from incarceration, an ex-offender is left with many obstacles to overcome, and often has no job, no home, very little money and few opportunities for a better life. Faced with these realities, many fall back into crime because they see no other options.

People who go back to the same place, hang out with the same friends and do the same activities get the same result: more prison. Right now, the national average for recidivism (returning to prison within three years) is 65%.

At FreedomWorks, the graduates have a recidivism rate under 8%. And for every ex-felon we keep clean and sober, we’re saving the state of Minnesota $37,500.

Our six to nine-month ministry process focuses on helping former offenders reconnect to their family, their faith, full-time employment, the recovery community and the local church.


Our Campus

Administration Building
2900 Fremont Ave. N
Achievement Center
2912 Fremont Ave. N
Recovery Community
2929 Emerson Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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