This testimonial was written by a client who received support through Takoda’s criminal reentry programming. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy.
My name is Linda, I am 22 years old. I had gotten myself into a little bit of a phase as I was dealing with depression and hopelessness. I was in a dark place in my life and ended up getting arrested. With my charges, it became harder for me to get a job.
I heard about the Takoda at American Indian OIC and that they may be able to help me with some of my problems. One day I built up the courage, put my pride aside, and went in to ask for help. I was referred to program that works with Minneapolis youth. The case manager I met with explained to me what the program was about and listed what would be expected of me. The case manager contacted me and referred me to the SOAR Program. At first I was cautious and uncertain if this was the step I wanted to take.
I met with staff that truly goes above and beyond to help. Everything was at my pace and communication was regular which I appreciated very much. The program was interesting and very helpful. The incentives were definitely a plus. My rent was a huge stressor and I got help with that. I needed some help with my cell phone as I could not afford minutes but how was I going to stay in touch with the SOAR team or employers?
The SOAR program helped me with one month cell minutes. They really supported me in my ups and downs. Whenever I came in but did not have an appointment staff took time to see me. I recommend this program to family, friends, and complete strangers because it was really helpful for me and I’m happy I took the time to do something positive for myself. I’m grateful for the strong, positive, genuine, and caring staff I worked with and continue to work with.