Creating personal success stories

Through trauma-informed integrated care, we seek to help men transform their lives and build a better future for themselves, their family, and their community.

Better Futures Minnesota serves men who are often marginalized from society and typically cycle through costly public institutions as a result. They have histories of repeat incarceration, mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and have often experienced trauma unimaginable to most Americans. Moving from an institutional, chaotic life to a stable and healthy one is not a linear or predictable process.

We believe change is a collaborative exercise. It takes a coordinated team working together to rebuild a life. Through trauma-informed integrated care, we can help men achieve self-sufficiency and walk a path to success.

Our results

Immediate housing: Since 2007, we’ve enrolled and served over 750 men, the vast majority released from state prisons and workhouses. Upon enrollment, all men had access to safe and affordable housing though our 32-bed guesthouse. In addition, 142 men received rental assistance for permanent apartment units leased in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

Employment: On average, 86 percent of the men living in housing financed by Better Futures are employed or in school. Employment may be full or part-time work with private employers or on a Better Futures Minnesota work crew. Since our inception, Better Futures has employed more than 600 men in our lines of business.

Health insurance and health care: Upon enrollment, all men are signed up for health insurance and are strongly encouraged to obtain a physical and behavioral health assessment. In 2011, 70 percent obtained a physical and 55 percent obtained a behavioral health assessment. These numbers are not as high as expected because most of the men lost state-funded insurance coverage during 2009. However, now that our participants are eligible for Medicaid, we are seeing a dramatic increase in those receiving physical and behavioral health assessments.

Reduced return-to-prison rate: For the men at Better Futures, less than 15 percent are returning to prison for a new crime within a year of release, a rate that is about three times lower than other documented results.

Creating success stories in 2016


men received outreach services


men received coaching, housing, and job placement


men were employed through Better Futures commercial enterprises


men obtained permanent housing

Join Our Mission

You can help us transform lives by supporting Better Futures and the men we serve.

Support a Better Future