Building a Better Future

Better Futures Minnesota engages men who have had a history of incarceration, homelessness, poverty, and untreated mental and physical health challenges to help them achieve self-sufficiency and a better future for themselves and their communities.

We believe everyone deserves a fair shot at the American dream, and for the men we serve, that means the opportunity to become productive citizens, fathers, employees, and neighbors.

Whether intentional or not, our society has turned its back on a group of people, overwhelmingly African American men, who are labeled as chronically homeless, chronically unemployed, frequent offenders, and frequent users. This is public health crisis that has a deep human and financial toll.

We seek to address this crisis through an evidence-based, integrated-care model that connects the men of Better Futures with the Four Fundamentals (health, housings, jobs, and coaching) and focuses on healing, personal accountability, and hard work—all of the parts working together to achieve personal transformation and positive outcomes.

Since 2007, Better Futures Minnesota’s unique model has helped men throughout Minnesota realize their potential for success and become responsible members of the community who earn wages, pay taxes and child support, and are self-sufficient and engaged in building their own success stories.

Work matters

Work and a reliable job have deep intrinsic value—that’s why each participant in Better Futures has the opportunity to build valuable job skills that can help them build their own success stories.

Our ReUse Warehouse in South Minneapolis—which features salvaged home goods such as cabinets, bathtubs, sinks, reclaimed wood, appliances, and more—is one of the many ways the men are working every day to build a better future and meaningful relationships in the community.

You can help support Better Futures Minnesota by visiting our ReUse Warehouse, hiring a work crew for services, donating materials, volunteering your time and talent, and telling your friends and family about our work.

Creating jobs, protecting Minnesota’s environment

At Better Futures Minnesota, working to preserve the environment not only creates jobs—it helps to rebuild lives and a healthier planet.

We promote environmentally sustainable practices through deconstruction, recycling, repurposing, and reusing materials from appliances, homes, and buildings.

Our deconstruction crews are specially trained to preserve the historic beauty and value in the reusable materials of a home, helping to reduce the amount of building waste that winds up in the landfill every year. In addition, our appliance recycling services keep more than a million pounds of waste from going to the landfill every year.

Helping to create success stories. In 2015:

171

men received outreach services

107

men received coaching, housing, and job placement

72

men were employed through Better Futures commercial enterprises

22

men obtained permanent housing

Support a Better Future for all

When you shop the Better Futures Reuse Warehouse or donate your building materials, you help support the men of Better Futures, the community, and the environment.

Ways to support us