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:

  • Parenting classes
  • Music theory
  • Threshold spiritual growth and reentry program
  • 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 support in the following areas:

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

Salvation Army assistance is available in every county in Minnesota and North Dakota.

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, Basics of Life Training (BOLT Program), 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 651-746-3532.