Since 1974, Damascus Way Reentry Center has served as a reentry program and ministry for men exiting the correctional system. Initially based out of a former site in Golden Valley, Damascus Way has since expanded across the state of Minnesota. In addition to a newly constructed and completed building in Golden Valley, Damascus Way also houses men in Shakopee and Rochester.
The Value of Reentry Housing:
There are a number of common themes that characterize an individual’s history here at Damascus Way. The lived reality of our men is that they come from broken or damaged family systems and relationships. Many carry trauma dating back to childhood. Studies have shown that there is an association with those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and those who go on to commit high level violent crimes. A high proportion of our residents are victims of generational incarceration, meaning many have had parents who have been incarcerated. This in turn has led to cycles of addiction and diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health issues. Some men face significant barriers to employment as a result of a deficiency in social skills or access to technological knowledge. Finally, we know that the universality of sin accentuates the brokenness brought out by adverse environmental factors and heightening the reckless nature of an individual’s actions.
Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs indicates that housing and shelter (i.e. safety), is an essential prerequisite for human prosperity, wholeness and health which in turn allows for successful and ongoing self-actualization and transformation. It is our conviction that stable housing during an individual’s reentry process is a catalyst for further movement away from recidivistic tendencies. This is the beauty and necessity of our housing sites and the services attached.
Below we have information regarding each of our primary locations.