SEE HOPE.
SEE HOW.

Lasting change is built on two pillars. A vision of what can be and the means to get there.

Early Giving is Now Open!

Your gift means more individuals finding the support they need to walk out lasting change!

Our Vision

Reduce rearrest, relapse, and risk by supporting individuals on their path to a stronger future.

See Our Impact

Without Extra Support, Rearrest and Relapse are Hard to Avoid.

But with the power of the “Bridge,” lasting change can be found.

%

National Average

Only 62% of individuals coming out of incarceration or rehab avoid relapse or going back to prison.

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UPWORKS GRADUATES

88% of UpWorks Graduates over the past two years have avoided relapse or going back to prison to have maintained sobriety and meaningful contributions (work/education) to society!

Incarceration, addiction, inadequate education, or at-risk circumstances can strip the human soul of its belief in a better life. When it’s hard to see the way forward, there is a very real fear of going back.

Our Approach

We help break the cycle of crisis for individuals and communities through reigniting connection, self-discovery, and dreaming. We build a bridge between crisis and successful engagement with community resources by preparing people to see and seize lasting change.

Enriching Schools

Program

Mobilizing churches and businesses to partner with local, at-risk schools and supporting them in their need for extra resources to reduce dropout rates.

PACE

Program

Equipping inner city young adults impacted by inequality, unemployment, and under-employment find a path to a sustainable future.

Empowering Adults

Program

Preparing adults who are coming out of incarceration and rehab who are overwhelmed and unsure of how to stay free.

Equity

UpWorks is an active champion for at-risk, under-privileged individuals gaining access to equitable opportunity and social equality.

Community Partners

Collaborating for a strong future for individuals, their families and our communities.

Referral
Sources

Prisons

Drug Rehabilitation

Homeless Shelters

Non-Profit Associations

Churches

Community
Resources

Housing

Job Placement

Education

Prison Discipleship

Community Development

Local Employers

Community Partners

Collaborating for a strong future for individuals, their families and our communities.

Referral
Sources

Prisons

Drug Rehabilitation

Homeless Shelters

Non-Profit Associations

Churches

Community
Resources

Housing

Job Placement

Education

Prison Discipleship

Community Development

Local Employers

Community Partners

Collaborating for a strong future for individuals, their families and our communities.

Referral
Sources

Prisons

Drug Rehabilitation

Homeless Shelters

Non-Profit Associations

Churches

Community
Resources

Housing

Job Placement

Education

Prison Discipleship

Community Development

Local Employers

The Hard Facts that Need to Change

45%

of former prisoners rearrested within one year (Nationally)

64%

of individuals within one year after recovery programs relapse  
(Nationally)

36%

of former prisoners rearrested within three years (Minnesota)

35th

in the nation for graduation rate from high school
(Minnesota)

Empower Lasting Change Today

Support UpWorks to Reduce Rearrest, Relapse, and Risk.

When you become an UpWorks Champion, we can reduce rearrest, relapse, and risk by supporting individuals on their path to a stronger future. Your support will contribute to UpWorks as we are building a bridge between crisis and successful engagement by preparing people to see and seize lasting change.

$50 provides a gas card for one Empowering Adults Program participant who needs a bus pass in order to accomplish their 1st month of employment.

$100 provides for one Enriching Schools Program impactful event for a school and church partnership to provide for at-risk students.

$200 provides Empowering Adults Program materials for one participant to complete our 14-week engagement as they seize a better life.

$500 provides an Empowering Adults Program Life Advocate training for one individual, including materials, to walk alongside a participant as they seize a better life.

$1,000 provides a full cohort of 25 people to go through the PACE Program training.

$2,000 provides three months for an Empowering Adults Program graduate, a woman coming out of a crisis, to learn data entry skills and resume building skills for job training.

“Not Going Back”

After completing my long-term recovery, I was so overwhelmed with the thought of what I would do next. After working with my Life Advocate, I identified that I had a passion for the airline industry. I found my path!

“Choosing Future”

It has not been easy — multiple overdoses, numerous attempts at getting free, but now two years after meeting with my Life Advocate, I found encouragement and structure. I am so excited to say that I am on my final stretch in my studies for cybersecurity.

“I can do this!”

Working with my Life Advocate really helped me set goals for a better future. After completing my 14 weeks, I have worked with UpWorks Partners in finding housing, and I am enrolling in college in the spring. I can do it this time.

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