180 Degrees, Inc. Overview
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.
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.
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