• Damascus Way - Rochester Receives Prestigious Corrections Award

    Congratulations to Damascus Way – Rochester for receiving the Minnesota Corrections Association’s President’s Award!

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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 28 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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Damascus Way: On the Road to Freedom

Alpha Group

Our Name, Our Mission, Our Hope

"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 experience” has symbolized a time in a person’s life when they come to the end of themselves and begin a new way of living.

Damascus Way is a halfway house program serving men with criminal histories. Assistance in finding employment, permanent housing, and a support community is offered. But more than that, we provide opportunities for our residents to consider the deeper issues of their lives. 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, behind iron bars.

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

Damascus Way 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 who come through 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 back in bondage. We believe power to make lasting change comes with God's help. This requires a change of direction, a change in thinking & habits - doing things differently this time.

Results from the latest statistical analysis reveal a success rate of 93%, or a recidivism rate of 7%. Out of 298 graduates, 21 have committed new crimes.

We are grateful to our partners & supporters for their financial gifts and their faithful prayers.

About Damascus Way

Damascus Way Reentry Center Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Damascus Way 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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