Helping offenders through transition after release
Established in 1975, Damascus Way was formed as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in order to counter high recidivism by helping men through the difficult transition after release from jail. A local chaplain, discouraged at seeing positive responses quickly disappear after a return to the streets, opened our first house. Damascus Way soon began serving treatment centers and homeless agencies as well. In 1981, we became licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) in order to serve Minnesota’s prisons. Our facility in Minneapolis serves 18.
In the Fall of 2006, Damascus Way expanded by opening a second program in Rochester, MN. Due to our success in Minneapolis, we were approached by the DOC to consider opening a facility here where there was a growing need for a quality Correctional Halfway House. Damascus Way has become one of the only options for those needing placement in Southeastern MN. Our facility in Rochester serves 28.
For forty years, Damascus Way has been helping men out of destructive lifestyles and habits and introducing them to a new way to live. The latest comprehensive research, covering four years from 2007 to 2011, revealed that over 93% of our graduates have not committed new crimes in Minnesota.