The Damus Board; a select group of University of St. Thomas Business Undergraduates announced 180 Degrees' Community Re-Entry Services is a winner of its prestigious Damus award.
Richard Coffey, Executive Director of Community Re-Entry Services accepted the award in an online ceremony. “This award will help benefit programs that are working to achieve change in our communities.” Says Programs Director Richard Coffey, “I would like to thank the Damus Award Board for providing this growth opportunity."
Launched in 2020 as a 180 Degrees initiative, Community Re-Entry Services provides long-term housing for formerly incarcerated men who face many barriers in securing housing. Clients come 180 Degrees' Clifton Place program, a first stop for men exiting prison.
In addition to short-term housing, they receive case management services, job placement, and housing navigation. The 60-Day Economic Security plan gives them a new start to rebuild their lives, job and rent security, and thrive in permanent housing in our Columbus Apartments complex.
The Damus Board was formed in 2009 by a local business leader to develop a new generation of philanthropists and have them make a mark in the community. "Damus" in Latin means, "we give."
We are thankful to receive this award and ready to use it to provide meaningful, trauma-informed support for men re-entering society where their communities need them as fathers, sons, and brothers.