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Safer Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/24/2014: Safer Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: SAFER FOUNDATION

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AKA  Safer Foundation
Chicago, IL
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Safer Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/24/2014: Safer Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: SAFER FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: Safer Foundation
Physical Address: Chicago, IL 60661 
EIN: 36-2762168
Web URL: www.saferfoundation.org 
NTEE Category: I Crime, Legal Related
I40 Rehabilitation Services for Offenders
J Employment, Job Related
J20 Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training
I Crime, Legal Related
I20 Crime Prevention N.E.C.
Year Founded: 1972 
Ruling Year: 1972 
Top Funders: State of Illinois - $12,639,927
City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services - $1,298,059
U.S. Department of Labor - $1,000,000


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Mission Statement

Safer Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1972. Its mission is to reduce recidivism by supporting, though a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community. If people with criminal records are provided with direct service support focused on job preparedness and placement, and are also linked to other critical supportive services their reentry challenges will be addressed and, as a result, their likelihood to recidivate (return to prison) will be reduced. Safer's evidence-based programs are geared toward addressing barriers that impede employment and providing services that support clients' abilities to successfully acclimate into society. Safer Foundation is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of employment placement and job readiness training exclusively targeting people with criminal records.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2014

Total Revenue $21,214,419
Total Expenses $21,300,176

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Leadership

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Mr. Victor Dickson

Profile:

Prior to joining Safer Foundation, Victor Dickson served as the Chief Operating Officer for a large church preparing them for state funded programs and external audits while designing and implementing effective processes for work flows. Prior to that Victor was Regional Vice President, Sprint Telecommunications responsible for half of the United States. Victor’s background in Operations, Sales and Marketing made him a great fit for Safer Foundation.

Leadership Statement:

For over four decades, Safer Foundation has been at the forefront of prisoner reentry. Adding contributing family members and positive role models back into our communities helps strengthen neighborhoods and tackle a pillar of poverty often overlooked. With its focused approach to providing employment assistance to people with criminal records, Safer Foundation has a long history of helping to reduce recidivism in Illinois. When they achieve gainful employment, our clients have a recidivism rate of just 13%, a considerable drop from the statewide average of 52%. By keeping people from returning to prison, Safer Foundation provides considerable relief to the state’s economy, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Illinois pays over $22,000 per year to incarcerate each inmate. When our clients find employment, they no longer become a drain on the economy and instead become valuable contributors. Last year Safer Foundation helped place over 4,000 men and women with criminal records into jobs.

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Programs

Program: Prisoner Reentry Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Ex-Offender Services/Supervision
Population Served:
Offenders/Ex-offenders
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Program Description:

Employment services are the cornerstones of Safer's programs, including job preparedness, job placement (transitional and long-term), retention services and vocational training opportunities for men and women with records. GED and Adult Basic Education programs are also offered. Safer is the only private agency to administer two secured residential transition centers on behalf of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Safer's community and faith-based initiatives provide employment, mentoring and reentry services in Chicago neighborhoods most impacted by returning prisoners. Safer's policy and advocacy programs strive to remove employment barriers for individuals with criminal records, and serves over 10,000 individuals annually.

Program Long-Term Success:

Last year Safer Foundation helped over 4,000 men and women with criminal records secure employment. Our educational programs assisted 300 clients attain their GED. A three year study revealed only 22% of Safer clients who achieved 30-day job retention recidivated (returned to prison) compared to a 52% recidivism rate for released inmates in general in Illinois. For clients achieving one-year job retention, the recidivism rate dropped to only 13%.

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Evidence of Impact

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Safer Foundation has developed a holistic and diverse approach to addressing the employment needs of various subpopulations of the population of individuals with criminal histories. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This is the organization I'm recommending - http://www.saferfoundation.org/. They are a leading reentry service provider and advocate for criminal justice reform in Illinois, and their employment program serves as a national model. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

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Safer Foundation's president knows not only value of an organization providing effective services to its consumers but also the importance of the organization serving as a voice for those individuals in the community. The organization has also remained competitive and cutting edge because it functions with a business-driven model that requires more than moderate outcomes of success and is willing to change and adjust its programs to ensure success for its clients and thus, the organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their leader, Diane Williams, is well known to policy makers nationwide, and particularly in Washington. While this is an Illinois-based organization, their impact is far broader. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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Their website is getting better, but it could be much more informative. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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