Who We Are
The FreedomWorks Vision: To free men from the curse of crime and guide them to a satisfying life walking with God
Mission Statement: A Christian community providing housing and a pathway to meaningful employment, trusting God to transform the lives of former prisoners through Bible study, personal accountability, service, and fellowship.
- 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 former offenders with 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.
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.
- 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.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells and sanctifies all those who by faith receive Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.
- 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.
- 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.
Goal Statement: Reconciled for Life
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 on 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
- FreedomWorks was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization by
Fred Peterson and others leading Bible Study in Lino Lakes Prison.
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 housed staff offices, a computer lab and a meeting room used for community meals and meetings, fellowship, counseling, prayer, education, and other FreedomWorks sponsored events. The building had five separate three man apartments.
In 2018, FreedomWorks moved to our present campus about a mile south of the previous building. The new campus houses that same Reentry & Aftercare program that existed in the other facility. It also provides sober housing for men who are in treatment programs that do not have their own residential facilities. Another aspect of the new campus is that we are able to provide the much needed safe, sober housing for men who have graduated either from FreedomWorks Reentry & Aftercare program or from similar programs. Along with all of the opportunities and services that had been available in the previous facility, we are able to provide employment and job training to some of our residents as they care for the three buildings and grounds.
There is much more space to move around and offer various ministries to the residents as well as to the community. Along with housing offices for FreedomWorks staff, the Administration Building has a variety of tenants that serve not only the FreedomWorks community but the North Minneapolis community as well.
Where we areWho 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 is the process that the Reentry & Aftercare program 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 for the Reentry and Aftercare program?
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 residents 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
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