FreedomWorks was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 by Fred Peterson and other men that lead a Bible Study in Lino Lakes Prison.
Located in North Minneapolis, the FreedomWorks Campus focuses on creating a safe and encouraging living environment that guides men into new relationships, positive support systems, and Christ- centered studies. This environment is based on the following biblical 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
We then equip men with the comprehensive 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.
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.
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.