Arthur Bishop

Arthur Bishop

Arthur Bishop, Chief Program Officer

"Employment provides those with criminal backgrounds with many benefits - income, identity, purpose and stability. We must continue to plant the seed of employment and pray that it takes root and grows."

Arthur Bishop knew from an early age that his journey would be in social service “I want to help people,” is what Arthur told his 8thgrade teacher, who asked what he wanted to do in life. Helping people is what he’s done for 40 years as a public servant in the areas of community mental health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice. Arthur brings that wealth of experience to Safer Foundation as the Vice President of Workforce Development and Client Services.

Arthur, who also has extensive experience in human service administration, joined Safer in 2014. Prior to his current role, he held the position of Senior Workforce Development Officer.

Arthur’s social service career started in 1975 as a community mental health worker. For two decades he provided substance abuse services and mental health treatment to families and youths in the schools. His passion and commitment to improving the lives of Illinois families led him to service in the state’s child welfare system, where he eventually rose to Deputy Director and Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

With his expertise in child welfare and a proven success working effectively with a diverse community of policymakers and advocates, Arthur was named Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Working with other local agencies, IDJJ ensures youth in need received coordinated services that include prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and community re-engagement.

In a career that has spanned multiple agencies, Arthur has developed a deep understanding of how the generational impact of social ills can lead to “multi system families” and continues to do his part in eradicating them.

Arthur is a past winner of the MacArthur Foundation Champion of Change award and in 2013 co-chaired the inaugural Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council (IJJLC). He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, and holds master’s in Human Services Administration from Spertus College in Chicago. He currently serves on the Illinois Workforce Investment BoardApprenticeship Committee, Illinois Workforce Investment Board (Proxy for President/CEO) and the Chicago Job Council Benchmarking Cohort.

 
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