The roots of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition lie in the collateral consequences; the adjacent barriers that result from having a legal history, regardless of whether or not that debt has been repaid.  We seek to collect and curate trusted resources to offer our community as they navigate those collateral consequences, at the same time we advocate for a system that repairs harm rather than punishes indefinitely. 


Driver's License Reinstatement Microgrants Pilot Program

Deadline: March 21st

Community members impacted by the justice system within the last three years (including the court system, probation, or incarceration) will be able to apply for small microgrants to assist with driver’s license reinstatement costs.

At this time, we are only covering fines and fees issued in the state of Minnesota. Due to limited funds, not everyone who applies will be accepted. We understand fees and fines vary greatly from individual to individual and we may not be able to cover all fees.

Please note, this is a pilot program with limited funds and we will only be able to provide a small number of awards

Downloadable resources for for people in need. 

To be considered for these funds you must:

-Be a Minnesota resident

-Have been involved in the criminal legal system (including court, probation or incarceration) in the last 3 years

-Be applying for fines and fees issued in the state of Minnesota

-Plan to reinstate your driver’s license in the state of MN

-Have not received a previous microgrant from MNSCC in the past 36 months

After submitting the application, you will receive a copy of your responses, which serves as notification we have received your application.


Yes, we cannot award funds to an applicant without verification of the amount owed.

Because we are a volunteer committee and receive a high volume of inquiries and requests, we are not offering application assistance at this time.

We recommend looking into the Driver Diversion Progam:

DDP was developed to support participants in paying any outstanding citations and fulfill state designated requirements necessary to reinstate a participants driver’s license.


Downloadable resources for for people in need. 

Minneapolis Handbook of the Streets

2020- 2021 Edition

St Paul Handbook of the Streets

2020- 2021 Edition

Small Sums

The goal of Small Sums is to remove obstacles that often prevent workers from being able to take jobs by providing workclothes, workshoes, tools, and transportation like bus passes and gas cards. Small Sums believes in gainful employment and helping the homeless get out of hopeless situations.


Phone: (651) 242-9441

Beyond Backgrounds

This  program  provides support to landlords who are willing to rent to someone with criminal, credit or rental history barriers in their background. When a landlord rents to a Beyond Backgrounds participant, they have access to up to $2,000 of free insurance in the following circumstances:

  • Damage to the unit beyond what the security deposit covers.
  • Unpaid rent at the end of the lease term beyond what is covered by the security deposit.
  • Court filing fees if an eviction is pursued beyond what is covered by the security deposit.
  • Other unfortunate circumstances beyond what is covered by the security deposit.

Youth Service Network

Website that helps homeless youth and their advocates find shelters and other kinds of assistance.

Twin cities Ministries

provides transitional home programs that provide an environment of gospel transformation for those who seek to overcome substance abuse, crime, and other alienating behaviors.

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ATTIC Correctional Services, Inc.

ACS provides a variety of services, including: residential programs, counseling, clinical treatment, day report services, electronic monitoring, employment assistance, and a variety of other supportive services. ACS has extensive experience working with a culturally diverse offender population, and has special expertise in addressing substance abuse, mental health issues and working with sexually violent persons.

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Welcome Homes

Welcome Homes is a program of that provides sober housing, transitional services and pro-social support to those in reentry and recovery with barriers to housing

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Crossing Home

Our Crossing Home houses provide a Christian accountability housing program that helps homeless, previously incarcerated people, and/or parolees learn to apply biblical principles as well as practical teachings and life skills training for a successful re-entry into society. We have multiple transitional houses in Clay County.

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Christian community that transforms lives through personal accountability, service and fellowship.

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Reset Recovery

Reset Recovery believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to Reset their lives. Our mission is to assist individuals in their recovery by providing a safe and sober environment while they begin the process of starting a new life free from addiction.

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Establishing “Recovery Accountability Communities” for individuals in recovery and exiting the criminal justice system.

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MN Second Chance Coalition

BOARD MEMBER:  MN Second Chance Coalition is currently recruiting passionate, skilled, mission-driven volunteer Board Members to serve two year terms.  The position description can be found here.            Apply by July 1st, 2022 to be considered for an interview.

Honest Jobs

Honest Jobs is a fair chance employment service that helps people with a criminal background find employment by aiding them in creating a job seeker profile or resume. Using a Conflict AI Score to match people to the perfect job, Honest Jobs offers job opportunities nationwide regardless of criminal history. To set up an account, go to and follow the instructions on the website. Must be 18 or over to participate.
Phone: (424) 566 – 7780

Solar General Laborers

FULL TIME:   $18-$20/hr
We currently have some solar general labor positions available in Farmington, MN starting soon and so much more. No drugscreen or background check required.


FULL TIME: Hourly Non-exempt
Completed applications can then be emailed to

TechniPach Inc

We are interested in pursuing every avenue available to recruit employees for our manufacturing company.  We are interested in working with your program.  Please pass on our info to the job-seekers that you are working with.  We are a plastic packaging manufacturer located in Le Sueur. We hire direct!  The plant works 10 hour shifts, Monday through Thursday.  1st Shift runs 5:45am to 4:15pm and 2nd shift runs 3:45pm to 2:15am.  We hire mainly machine operators, starting at $15 or more. 

Smash Burger

When it comes to our employees, we know how to Smash it! As a member of the Smashburger team, your growth and fulfillment are of the utmost importance to us—your success is our success. We have a world-class culture committed to creating opportunities for all of our employees. Whether you start off as a Team Member or a Restaurant Manager, we have a training program designed to help promote you to the next level of your career!

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The Second Chance Law & the basics of Expungment Law

Jon Geffen: Director Reentry Clinic Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

The Legal Rights Center

The Legal Rights Center is a community-driven nonprofit law firm, specializing in adult criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, restorative justice practices and youth advocacy . The Legal Rights Center runs two programs: Community Defense Program and the Youth: Education, Advocacy & Restorative Services (Y:EARS) Program. While each program has distinct goals and methods, collectively they point to the overall vision of improving the experience of the justice system for communities of color, if not proactively by solving problems that prevent involvement in the justice system in the first place, then certainly after an individual has been swept up into the system.​

Second Chance Saturdays

If you’ve ever had contact with the Criminal Justice System (including arrests) you may have a criminal record that could impact your employment opportunities. Come to UMN’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) for the Criminal Records Workshop to learn more.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

At Minnesota Freedom Fund, they believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why they are working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.

Children's Law Center Of Minnesota

Their  mission is to promote the rights and interests of Minnesota’s children in the judicial, child welfare, health care, and education systems.

Minnesota Legal Aid

For more than 100 years, Legal Aid has provided access to the legal system for Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens. With the support of thousands of Minnesotans like you, we’ve stood with them to defend their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care, and education. Together, we are changing lives.


Justice Point

JusticePoint is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of evidence based criminal justice programs, practices and policies. JusticePoint provides Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Programs. 

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Minnesota Recovery Connection

Minnesota Recovery Connection is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery

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Adult Teen Challenge

Have a broad spectrum of treatment and recovery programs: Outpatient (Telehealth and In-person), Licensed Residential (7-90 days) Long Term Recovery Program (12 months) Aftercare and Alumni Services, allowing us to effectively serve individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues;

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Goodwill helps People Improve their Lives by assisting individual find a job and grow their careers.

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Bold North

Bold North Recovery and Consulting brings peer recovery services and overdose prevention.

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RS Eden

RS EDEN provides drug & alcohol rehab throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area via sober housing, recovery programs and reentry services.

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Alliance Wellness Center LLC

Alliance Wellness Center is a trusted addiction treatment center in Bloomington, MN that offers multicultural services delivered by a multicultural team.

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NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

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Until We Are All Free

Until We Are All Free is a human rights organization led by formerly incarcerated criminal justice experts. We focus on building capital, resources and support to provide pathways to civic and economic liberation for individuals disenfranchised by mass incarceration.

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The Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) is a professional association of addiction treatment professionals and organizations striving to raise awareness about addiction and the power of recovery

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Restoration, Counseling & Community Services

The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA works together so that all experience gracious invitation into life-giving Christian community.

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Barbara Schneider Foundation

Eliminate the criminalization of people with mental illness through positive training and education.

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The Link

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. The Link offers services related to Housing and Homelessness, Juvenile Justice, and Safe Harbor

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Humanists MN

HumanistsMN is a secular community that promotes ethical living, widespread human flourishing, and a healthy planet through its commitment to science, reason, compassion, and creativity.

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Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship works to bring hope and restoration to prisoners, families and communities impacted by crime and incarceration

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Steve Rummler Hope Network

Providing HOPE for those with Chronic Pain and Addiction .Our fight against the opioid epidemic is only possible with your help. Together we can save lives!

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SOAR Careers

SOAR provides innovative programming that moves people to sustainable employment, contributing to a prosperous community. 

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Wilder Foundation

Wilder Research partners with organizations to identify needs and solutions, understand emerging trends, measure effectiveness, and increase impact on the issues you care about.

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