MP David Gauke met members of an award-winning charity for resettling ex-offenders in Bedford.
The minister dropped in on Langley House Trust to learn about the staff and people who use the service in the town.
He was accompanied by the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bedford and Kempston, Ryan Henson.
Mr Henson said: “This is a shining example of the work that can be done for those who have offended in the past, but want to turn their lives around. I am proud to say Bedford is home to such a fantastic service.
“I am pleased the minister was able to take time to visit the project and see first-hand the outstanding commitment shown by the staff to helping people get back on the right track.”
As well as helping to re-house ex-offenders, the Bedford project provides help with the basic skills they will need to make a success of their lives in future.
Following the visit, the Secretary of State joined Mr Henson on the campaign trail around the town.