Meet the people behind FreedomWorks in Minneapolis
George was raised in St. Paul and currently lives in Blaine with his wife Ana and their children. George and his family attend Emmanuel Christian Center in Fridley. George leads FreedomWorks as an example of a life transformed by Christ. Having served three prison sentences, he knows the struggles of reentry firsthand. George’s call to serve men comes from Isaiah 42:22 “These are my people hidden away in caves, dungeons and prisons with no one to speak for them.”
Randy joins us after returning to the State of Minnesota from Wisconsin where he resided with his wife and three children over the past 15 years. Randy has worked with at-risk populations throughout his life and ministry in a variety of direct care, and management capacities impacting populations in need of reentry and aftercare service.
Noreen Jurgensen joined FreedomWorks team in 2021 serving as the Finance Director. With her comes fifteen years of professional accounting management experience. Working ten of those years as a highly accomplished Financial Controller demonstrating strong leadership, communication, and motivation. Before joining the team, Noreen worked in non-profit, real estate development, manufacturing, and retail services.
Noreen has a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master’s in Accounting from Saint Mary’s University. Her core career accomplishments are accounting platforms to ERP transitions, strategized and streamlined processes and procedures, seven years of annual non-profit audits, and creation of internal controls and financial policies.
Gloria has lived in Minnesota since 1969. She studied at Minnesota School of Business and Hennepin Technical College. She was formerly employed by Honeywell, Target Corporation and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Currently, she is a Member and Secretary at New Bethel Baptist Church, Mpls. She has been sober 37 years and feels grateful to carry the “Message”.
Jeff came to FreedomWorks in April 2015 having worked with two other business/ministries that work with people coming through reentry and recovery. His heart is to work behind the scenes to help others be successful. Jeff’s organizational skills enable him to support both the ministry as well as the others who support it.
Marissa has been a friend and support of FreedomWorks for many years. She returned to our office in September 2018 bringing her administrative skills to support the FreedomWorks program and the Executive Director.
Stephanie is a single mother of three teenage boys. After multiple medical problems led her to fall into addiction on pain medication she struggled with losing her family, prison and homelessness. In 2018 she went to Mn Adult and Teen challenge and took control of her life. Surrendering to God and listening to Him, she came through this addiction and God has restored her life. She is currently a full time student at Charis bible college and is learning how to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Wanting to help ease the pain of others in similar situations, she has been volunteering and working with treatment centers and recovery churches. Earlier this summer Stephanie started volunteering here at FreedomWorks. She has now joined our staff as the Volunteer Coordinator and looks forward to helping others utilize the gifts God has given there here at FreedomWorks.
Recovery Community Coordinator
Marlin has been with FreedomWorks since the fall of 2019 and has deep ties with the recovery and transition community. Marlin is an advocate for affected people touched by incarceration and substance abuse.
Housing Support Coordinator
Greg was born and raised in St. Paul and currently lives in North MPLS with his wife Kelli and their numerous children. After 12 years of working with teens in the Twin Cities at TreeHouse, he joined FreedomWorks in August 2020. He is passionate about seeing men step into their roles as fathers, husbands, and leaders in the community.
Brent is 43 years old, married and raising one child. He has been sober for 10 plus years and believes that Christ came to set us free. Brent feels blessed and honored to work with men who are searching for a deeper relationship with Christ. God promised that he would be close to the brokenhearted, and he wants to be apart of that in his service to the church.
Buck arrived at FreedomWorks during the winter of 2019 with a desire to break free from the drug addiction and the revolving door of prison. After completing his Intensive Outpatient Program, he participated in the Reentry and Aftercare Program. That fall, Buck became a House Manager. He serves all residents on our campus in their various states of participation and is a tireless, selfless servant.
Larry came to FreedomWorks as a resident in November 2017. He is giving back by providing assistance to our program staff.
Jared joined our staff in 2019 to help out with the building renovations. He was integral in finishing those renovations up. He is a huge asset to our maintenance team, handling painting, flooring, etc.
We are blessed with the dedication of these volunteers at our ministry.
Pastor Walter (Walt) Hill
Pastor Hill has been a great friend of FreedomWorks for many years and in November 2020 he agreed to serve our campus as our Chaplin. Pastor Walt is a passionate, committed blessing to our men as they pursue what it means to live a life filled with faith.
FreedomWorks "Kitchen Lady"
For years Ronda has blessed countless people by providing meals that supported weekly programs and special event dinners. Her meals, served with love, exhibit her gift of hospitality and make all feel welcomed.
Greg & Cheryl
Blessing Closet Coordinators
Greg & Cheryl have blessed the ministry in numerous ways over the years. One of their steadfast ministries at FreedomWorks is in coordinating, organizing and running our Blessing Closet. This resource provides clothing and encouragement to our residents as they enter a new phase of their lives.
2900 Fremont Ave. N
2912 Fremont Ave. N
2929 Emerson Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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