180 Degrees, Inc.

aka 180 Degrees   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.180degrees.org

Mission

180 began operating in 1973 as a halfway house for men returning from correctional facilities. The original house, a stately red brick building that was once the home of the founders of General Mills, was large enough to accommodate 34 men. Robinson did not believe in taking the easy route. To make 180 Degrees a real safety net for the community, he believed that all offenders deserved the chance to redirect their lives, even the men that no one else wanted.

Today, more than 5,000 residents later, 180 Degrees, Inc. is still fulfilling Robbie's dream. Our programs have expanded throughout the twin cities metro area and include services to both juveniles and adults at all points of justice system involvement from intervention and prevention to re-entry and accountability. Robbie Robinson died in 1982, but his ideas live on. The mission statement of 180 Degrees and its programs, "turning lives around to ensure safer communities,” pays homage to Robbie’s vision.

Ruling year info

1972

Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Gardell

Main address

236 Clifton Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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EIN

23-7153536

NTEE code info

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

Correctional Facilities N.E.C. (I30)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Residential Services

Each resident is assigned a case manager to help develop a successful transition plan. Goals and strengths, as well as needs are discussed. Weekly one-to-one meetings are vital to monitor each resident’s goals and discuss areas of concern. Case Managers are responsible for creating and maintaining a network of referrals to outside groups such as AA, anger management and job training programs. 180 Degrees, Inc. also provides a continuity of services by offering in-house groups and through participation in our continuum of services. All residents participate in our Skills Offenders Need in the Community (SONIC) Program. Job attainment and retention, healthy food education, and spiritual outlets help engage the residents in pro-social activities in a positive environment.

The length of stay for most residents is 60 days. To successfully graduate from the sixty-day program clients must maintain sobriety, obtain employment and find approved, adequate housing. Approximately 70% of clients who participate in 180 Degrees, Inc.’s residential program find employment and housing.

Population(s) Served

NAP is a non-residential program for males and females on parole or probation. The purpose of NAP is to provide a short-term community alternative to residential placement or revocation for clients under community correctional supervision. The program is a sixty day community accountability program. NAP provides an additional layer of supervision, structure, and monitoring for clients who are experiencing difficulties in the community, but whose circumstances do not warrant a long term, costly correctional response. NAP staff provide daily case management and accountability. NAP Case Managers help clients with employment and sobriety through community referrals and individualized support. NAP staff offer face-to-face day reporting contacts, employment assistance through referral, job leads, mock interviews, and employment retention support, employment verification and monitoring of attendance, community resource referrals, random UA’s and BA’s, and curfew monitoring.

Population(s) Served

Since 2001, 180 Degrees, Inc. has contracted with Ramsey County to provide juvenile probation case management services. Ramsey County recognized the need for specialized services for juveniles who face multiple barriers. Under the umbrella of Ramsey County Human Services, case managers work with juveniles placed on probation through the Juvenile Court. Case managers report the progress of a youth directly with the juvenile court. The goal is to provide community-based services that will address the needs of these juveniles and reduce placement.

Case Managers work with any juvenile placed on probation involved in a Human Services program such as Child Protection or Children’s Mental Health. Case Managers work closely with other Human Services workers to develop a plan that ensures clients will be successful in the community. At the same time, Case Managers are responsible for holding juveniles accountable if he/she fails to follow through with programming in the community.

Population(s) Served

The Resiliency Mentoring program work with girls and boys, ages 9-17, who are in need of supportive services, at high risk for out-of-home placement, in residential, community-based placement, or returning to the community from residential treatment. In 2002, 180 Degrees, Inc. was awarded a Continuum of Care grant from the Department of Corrections to implement a gender-specific program for females involved in the juvenile justice system. Our program focused on providing individual and group mentoring that addressed the specific needs of girls. In a one-year period, 80% of the girls who participated in the program did not re-offend, or were discharged from probation. As a result of the success in the first year, we expanded our program to work with males and females outside of the juvenile justice system. Our mentoring program’s philosophic premise maintains that connecting youth with a supportive adult, and providing a safe place for youth to address their needs and develop skills to be successful life improve course outcomes. We continue to match girls and boys with individual mentors and provide group mentoring to girls in the community using the Girls Circle model and the Voices curriculum.

Population(s) Served

On Track
In partnership with Saint Paul Public School’s On Track Program and Ramsey County Human Services, 180 Degrees, Inc.’s case managers work as early intervention specialists in a classroom setting. The case managers work with school officials to address underlying problems affecting the youth in effort to improve education engagement, attendance and performance. Case Managers work with parents and caregivers to help improve school performance.

Suburban Ramsey Collaborative
180 Degrees, Inc.’s case manager also works with Suburban Ramsey Collaborative to address the needs of youth at the earliest possible indication of delinquent behavior to prevent youth from progressing into justice system involvement. The 180 Degrees, Inc. case manager provides intensive case management to at risk youth who are referred by school social workers in Districts 621, 622, 623 and 624. With both the On Track Program and the Suburban Ramsey Collaborative, case managers develop specialized case plans to target areas where students may be experiencing difficulty with family, peers, drug use or mental health.

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180 Degrees, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Schnell

St Paul Police

Paul Schnell

Board Chair