MN Transition Coalition News - May 16, 2022

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Now Hiring | Criminal Record OK! and New Website

Honest Jobs is the nation's largest employment network for people with criminal records. We're recruiting for employers in Minnesota that actively hire people with misdemeanor and felony records.

Our current openings are listed below. If you know of anyone who is justice-involved and looking for work, please have them apply online at or contact an employment specialist by calling (424) 566-7780

Anoka County

Big Stone County

Blue Earth County

Cottonwood County

Crow Wing County

Dakota County

Goodhue County

Itasca County

Kandiyohi County

Polk County

Ramsey County

Roseau County

Scott County

Washington County


·  Retail Supervisor, Product Operations - Tamarack Village


We are very excited to announce that the Honest Jobs website has a new look and updated features! We hope the new design creates an even better experience for job seekers, employers, and partners.


graphic saying Veterans Career Fair May 18, 2022 from 2-6pm at Earl Brown Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center

ALL veterans, current service members, their spouses, and Gold Star families are invited to this year's 16th annual career fair event!

May 18, 2022 | 2-6pm
IN-PERSON event at the Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive | Brooklyn Center, MN

Are you looking for a higher salary and a great career? We strongly encourage participation in this career fair by employers currently offering full-time jobs paying family-sustaining wages with benefits. Work for an employer that recognizes and appreciates your military service and the value you bring to the team!

The Veterans Career Fair features:

  • Nearly 100 veteran-friendly employers on-site - see a list of participating employers
    • Make sure you check out the list of Premier Exhibitor Employers below on this page
    • Employers: this event has reached capacity, please join our wait list HERE.
  • Complimentary LinkedIn photography station available for job seekers
  • Have your resume reviewed and brush up on your interviewing skills with a mock interview
  • Service providers offering assistance for veterans and their families
  • There is no cost to attend and registration is not required
  • Job seeker attendees are eligible to register for one of 50 Minnesota DNR gift cards ($100 value)
    • Gift cards can be used to purchase MN DNR park fees, camping, or gifts

 Come prepared with copies of your updated resume and dress to impress!

We hope to see you there!

Additional resources:



Hiring Event

Wednesday, May 18th 1PM - 4:30PM

NorthStar Regional Headquarters | 102 E Second Street 110B | Chaska, MN 55318

NorthStar Regional is Hiring!

Are you looking for a fulfilling career opportunity helping other people while having an opportunity for growth, competitive pay and benefits? We are looking for multiple people to help grow our team at several of our facilities in the Chaska, Chanhassen, and Shakopee locations.

  • LADC ($5K sign bonus)
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Evening LPN
  • Addiction Recovery Technician ($500 sign bonus)
    • Day Shift: 7:00am-3:30pm
    • Evening Shift: 3:00pm-11:30pm
    • Overnight Shift: 11:00pm-7:30am
    • Part-Time Shifts Saturday & Sunday Available
  • Dishwasher (Full-Time)
    • Weekends
  • 2 Cook (Full-Time)
    • Weekdays & Weekends

Benefits Included;

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off starting at date of hire
  • 401K with matching up to 4% by company


MnDOT, Minnesota Department of Corrections,

working to beautify Minnesota roadsides

As spring temperatures melt away what's left of the winter snow, Minnesotans are getting a look at what's been hiding under that snow for several months, including trash and debris.

Whether it's a plastic bags, cardboard, food containers, bottles, or remnants of a fender bender, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says spring can certainly bring out the state's ugly side.

"Once that snow melts away and before it greens up, it really become noticeable that there is litter along the highways," said MnDOT spokesperson, Anne Meyer.

MnDOT tries to tackle the trash in a couple of different ways. Maintenances workers will pick up trash, but often times volunteers take time out of their week as part of the state's Adopt a Highway program.

In 2021, volunteers spent 70,000 hours alongside Minnesota highways and picked-up over 29,500 bags of trash.

"We are always looking for more volunteers," Meyer said. "We currently have about 830 sections that are available for adoption."

The Minnesota Department of Corrections' Institution Community Work Crews (ICWC) also plays a key role in removing roadside litter. ICWC puts people incarcerated at minimum-security facilities to work in the community under the supervision of a department crew leader.

Click Here to Read Entire Article

Overcome Barriers in Your Housing Search with Beyond Backgrounds

Are you denied housing because of a criminal background, low credit score or recent eviction?

If so, Beyond Backgrounds can help!

What is Beyond Backgrounds? Beyond Backgrounds makes it more likely that a landlord will relax their screening criteria and rent to you! When a landlord rents to you, they get up to $2,000 of financial assurance if something goes wrong like damage to the unit or legal fees. 

How do I use Beyond Backgrounds?

Step 1 - Join Beyond Backgrounds for free.

Step 2 - Learn how to talk about Beyond Backgrounds with landlords in our 5 minute training.

Step 3 - Access our Portal with housing search resources and chat with our team.

Step 4 - Enroll in the assurance program (if the landlord requires it). You pay $300 to Beyond Backgrounds if the landlord requires our assurance program to provide you housing. You only pay if the landlord requires it for housing!

Using all Beyond Backgrounds housing search resources is completely free. You only pay the $300 if the landlord requires the financial assurance to offer you housing. 

Elite Empower for Women New Afternoon Group!

We at Elite Empower for Women are excited to announce we are accepting intakes for a new afternoon IOP group! Don't forget that we are partnered with amazing women's sober houses to offer rent assistance. Call us for more information!

Call Michelle to schedule intake at 651-728-1816 or refer online at

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to help build awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program.  The new long-term benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service.

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides:

  • Up to $30/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who is Eligible?

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria outlined at

Two-Steps to Enroll

  1. Go to to submit an application or print out a mail-in application; and
  2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.

Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.

Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan. 

For more information and full details, visit or call 877-384-2575.

Check out the Consumer Outreach Toolkit at

Read more about the ACP in the recent White House Fact Sheet:

NorthStar Regional Program Availability

Immediate Point-of-Care COVID Testing On-Site | Available for New Clients with Instant Results

Phone number for all Admissions: 1-833-NSR-HOPE (1-833-677-4673)
Email: - Fax: 763-225-4470

Program availability changes daily, click here to check our website for updates.

Residential Treatment Programs
Otsego – Riverwood Treatment Center*
Men’s Residential Treatment Center – Bed Availability Beginning May 16th
Men’s Residential Treatment Center – Bed Availability Beginning May 16th
Women’s Residential Treatment Center – Bed Availability Beginning May 23rd

Intensive Outpatient Program with Lodging
Otsego – Riverwood Treatment Center*
Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging – Bed Availability Beginning June 1st
Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging – Bed Availability Beginning May 16th
Women’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging – Bed Availability Beginning June 1st
Maple Grove
Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging – 3 Beds Now Available**

Sober Housing
Men’s Sober Housing – 1 Bed Now Available*
Women’s Sober Housing – Bed Availability Beginning June 1st

Intensive Outpatient Program
Men’s and Women’s Day and Evening Intensive Outpatient Program – Immediate Openings*
Maple Grove
Men’s and Women’s Morning Intensive Outpatient Program – No Wait List – Immediate Openings Available*
Men’s and Women’s Evening Intensive Outpatient Program – No Wait List – Immediate Openings Available*

Mental Health Services/Telehealth Counseling
We provide mental health counseling to new and existing clients in office and using telehealth services. To schedule an appointment, please call 952-974-3999.

*Men’s Only: Residential & IOP with Lodging Program News.
NorthStar Regional will not be opening a 245F facility at our Otsego Location, due to unforeseen circumstances.


Keystone Free Farmer’s Market

Friday May 20th, 10am-12pm At Allianz Field For more information and to sign up, click here.

  This will be a free drive-through event. Each household will receive 5-7 kinds of fruits and vegetables. All are welcome! This event is open to anyone in need. Please sign up for quick service and to help us manage traffic.   This is the first of several Free Farmer’s Market events that Keystone will host this year. You can find the dates and locations on our website.  

Keystone offers support and connection for people in our community. Please share this event information with your family, friends, and neighbors. Sincerely,  Keystone Community Services 651-645-0349

Thanks to our partners – Keystone is once again partnering with Minnesota United FC, Allianz Life, and Second Harvest Heartland to offer this free food distribution event for our community. We are grateful for their partnership. 

House of Refuge Outreach Programs

House of Refuge promotes the strengths and abilities of youth and families by providing community-based services that empower, encourage and enrich each individual to face life’s challenges with confidence, competence and dignity.

House of Refuge Outreach, in partnership with MN State Baptist Convention, Centered On Youth (COY) and God's Squad aim to provide every level of service needed for those individuals who are re-entering the community after they have served their time in the system.  

Click Here for More Information