Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Salvation Army officer meets with prisoner

Correctional Services

Prison ministers generally agree that most inmates really do want to change. After they’re released, the two things they need most are the two things hardest to obtain: a decent place to live, and a job. Compassion can be the difference between a new life path and repeat incarceration.

Our staff members work with men and women in state and federal prisons in Minnesota and North Dakota, those about to be released, or people freed after serving time to rebuild their lives and strengthen their faith in God.

Spiritual Support

We offer chapel services, one-on-one counseling and a variety of classes at 14 state and federal prisons, designed to help offenders strengthen spirituality and develop life skills. The following classes are offered:

  • Music theory
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Correspondence Bible courses
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People classes

Transitional Assistance

Once released from prison, correctional services staff can refer individuals to Salvation Army programs for assistance in the areas listed below, with support available in every county of Minnesota and North Dakota:

  • Groceries and hot meals
  • Clothing vouchers
  • Utility assistance
  • Employment referrals
  • Medical assistance referrals

We also have a Twin Cities-based support team that works one-on-one with dozens of individuals to maximize the resources available to help them transition back into society (learn more about this program).

Housing & Addiction Recovery

Our staff offers referrals to transitional housing programs and specialized care for addiction recovery at the following locations:

  • Our Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave. in Minneapolis, offers an emergency overnight shelter, temporary supportive housing, and a licensed drug and alcohol treatment program for men (Beacon Program).
  • The Adult Rehabilitation Center, 900 N. 4th St. in Minneapolis, is an addiction recovery resource for men, offering free, long-term care.

Though based in Minneapolis, these locations serve anyone in Minnesota or North Dakota.

Christmas Toy Lift

We provide gifts to children of offenders through our Toy Lift program. Offenders sign up during the spring for a fall visit from our staff to select gifts, which are then wrapped by volunteers. Personal notes are attached, and the gifts are mailed to the children (with no indication they came from The Salvation Army).

For questions, please contact correctional services or call 651-746-3534.