Scott County requested a partnership with Damascus Way in November of 2021 in order to provide transitional housing in Shakopee to address issues of homelessness, substance use, and recidivism among individuals leaving prison. Men from Scott County Community Corrections who require secure reentry housing, help with SUD recovery, aid with employment, and long-term housing are served in a spacious home setting. These elements, in addition to the helpful mentorship and peer rehabilitation programs offered by staff, are crucial in preventing crippling cycles of recidivism.
At the Shakopee House, Damascus Way offers some food assistance, however, the residents are responsible for preparing and cooking their own meals. Recovery courses have been made available, allowing weekly meetings to be attended virtually and in-person. Additionally, the dynamics of a home environment promote stability, camaraderie, and a sense of deep community.
Along with our peer recovery specialists, the Shakopee House encourages volunteers who want to offer guidance, assistance with meals, and additional transportation support for residents.