This year MAD DADS celebrates
25 years of serving our community! With over a million hours served and thousands of people helped we look forward to 25 more years of service to the
The Minneapolis Chapter of Men Against Destruction –
Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder (MAD DADS) to serve the community with Integrity and dedication.
To be an organization that serves the community with with integrity and dedication by providing safety, positive youth programming, and job creation.
MAD DADS, Inc. was founded in May 1989 by a group of concerned
Omaha Nebraska African-American men and parents who were fed-up with gang
violence and the unmolested flow of illegal drugs in their community.
MAD DADS activities are designed to promote and demonstrate positive
images of fathers engaging and protecting community, youth and families.
Executive Director: Jordan Borer Nelson
Jordan Borer Nelson was born and raised in South Minneapolis in the
neighborhood. He became a product of his environment and
fell into a life of drugs and violence that led him to
serve 8 years in prison. Through that he found a faith
in JESUS CHRIST that helped to transform him into a man
who has a desire and a passion to serve the community
and create change and equitable solutions in the present
and the future. Jordan is a husband and father of 6
beautiful children as well as the founding and current lead
pastor of Foundations Church that started in May 2020.
As of December 31, 2022 MAD DADS served over 92,000 families
Since 1998 MAD DADS has spent more than 1,000,000 hours
in the streets working to reduce violence in our communities
Since 2007 Minneapolis MAD DADS has been protecting riders on the city transit system, promoting ridership and creating safe environment for your daily commute.
MAD DADS responded to over 600 shootings since 1998. Our
presence promotes peace, helps to resolve conflict, and
offers alternatives to criminal and violent retaliations
Since 2014 MAD DADS has offered life-skills coaching to over 88,000 inmates at the Hennepin County Detention Center during and other correctional facilities, during our weekly visits
Conducted approximately 4,708 presentations to 27,562
youth in Minneapolis public high schools, Junior high
schools and middle schools
Minneapolis MAD DADS Chapter is under new leadership
As we enter into our 25th Year of Service, we continue
our fight against drugs, gangs and violence, continue to
work towards restoring our beloved communities and deterring
youth from a life of violence and destruction
The Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS was created in 1998 and adopted the goals of its National Chapter, created in 1989 by African American fathers in Omaha, Nebraska. After its inception, the local chapter identified a consistent theme throughout neighborhoods and broadened membership to include individuals and families from all ethnic and racial backgrounds. In addition MAD DADS has, at the request of law enforcement representative, expanded services to some suburban areas.