• Rochester Banquet with Ben Utecht

    Damascus Way invites you to a special evening of music and testimony from Christian Recording Artist and Super Bowl Champion, Ben Utecht.

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  • Our Golden Valley facility houses 18 beds

    Founded in 1974, Damascus Way counters high recidivism rates by helping offenders through transition after release. Visit our Facilities page for more information.

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  • Our Rochester facility houses 16 beds

    Opened in 2006, our Rochester facility serves men in the Tri County area of Dodge-Filmore-Olmsted. Visit our Facilities page for more information.

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  • A structured, caring environment

    Damascus Way was established to assist men being released from prison find jobs and housing in a structured and caring environment.

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On the Road to Freedom...

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What is Damascus Way?

"As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you Lord,” Saul (Paul) asked. “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The Bible tells us in Acts 9:1-22 that it was on the road to the city of Damascus that the Apostle Paul met Jesus Christ and had his life changed forever. Since then, the phrase “Damascus Road” has symbolized a time or place in a person’s life where they come to the end of themselves and give their lives to God.

Those who come to Damascus Way are here because they have lost their freedom. The misuse of freedom results in being locked up in addictions, destructive behaviors, and ultimately, locked behind iron bars.

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”   John 8:36

The Damascus Way program offers hope for freedom and change. Not just physical freedom from the walls of prison but freedom from the past and a change of heart. If a man does not become free from the things which led to him being incarcerated in the first place, he will not remain free for very long. Most of the men at Damascus state that they are determined to never go back - but without learning to use their freedom in a different way, they often end up right back in bondage. We believe power to make lasting changes comes with God's help. This requires a change of direction, a change in thinking & habits - doing things differently this time.

The program is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and holds Supervised Release and Work Release Contracts.

About Damascus Way

Damascus Way Reentry Center Inc. is a non-profit (501-C3) tax exempt organization. Damascus Way Reentry Center Inc. is supported by donations from individuals, churches, foundations and corporations. The organization also receives fees for program services rendered to residents.

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