VAST Community Reentry
The Volunteer Aftercare Support Team (VAST) is a Twin Cities-based group that offers one-on-one support for individuals who are transitioning back into society, and their loved ones. The group is operated by volunteer mentors who host weekly support group meetings for men and women, as well as a monthly combined worship service.
VAST’s main purpose is to help participants fill these critical needs: 1. Emotional and spiritual support. 2. Employment.
Who Can Participate
- Men and women recently released from prison
- Men and women who are in recovery
- Family members of those recently released from prison
- Loved ones of those incarcerated
- Men released or currently attending local Salvation Army residential programs
Thursday Night Schedule
On the first Thursday of the month, the meal is at 6 p.m. Then, there is a combined worship service at 6:45 p.m., before the men’s and women’s support groups break off to meet separately from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
All other weeks, the meal is at 6:15 p.m. Support groups meet immediately following the meal from 7 – 8 p.m.
Combined Worship Service
Men’s Support Group
Women’s Support Group
VAST helps men and women secure employment by providing one-on-one counseling from volunteer professionals who provide expert advice in the areas of résumé writing, job searching, interview coaching, mental preparation, using today’s technology, and more.
News & Testimonials
Our current volunteer needs:
- Female Mentors – Are you interested in supporting those recently released from prison? Our mentors help guide men and women who reside in Salvation Army program facilities or who participate in other Salvation Army reentry programs. The foundation for the guidance provided by the mentor will be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Female mentors must be available a minimum of four hours a month (either by phone or in person) for one year.
- Male Job Coach – We are looking for males who would be interested in serving as job coaches for men transitioning back into the community after being incarcerated. Our job coaches work one-to-one with men seeking employment and provide the appropriate support, guidance and encouragement for individuals creating an action plan to help secure employment. Male job coaches must be available a minimum of four hours a month (either by phone or in person) for one year.
To sign up as a volunteer, call Haley at 651-746-3498.
For more information, please contact correctional services or call 651-746-3534.