Mayor Brandon Johnson announces the fifth Community Reentry Support Center
Welcome to Safer Foundation’s latest milestone in advocating for the cause of reentry support. On Monday, December 18th, Mayor Brandon Johnson, proudly announced Chicago’s fifth Community Reentry Support Center (CRSC), The Safer Foundation – Danny K. Davis – Second Chance Center. This marks a significant moment in the city’s commitment to providing essential support and services for individuals with arrest and conviction records.
At the press conference Mayor Brandon Johnson, emphasized the importance of reducing recidivism rates as part of the city’s broader community safety plan. The opening of The Safer Foundation – Danny K. Davis – Second Chance Center at 808 S. Kedzie Ave., on Chicago’s West Side, is a testament to the city’s commitment to creating alternative visions of community safety and disrupting the cycle of incarceration.
The event also introduced the SPRING Forward Program, an initiative focusing on employment and housing for individuals with an arrest and conviction records, brought forth by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFFS).
Background on Safer Foundation
For over 50 years, Safer Foundation has been dedicated to assisting returning residents in achieving successful reentry, with a focus on securing employment. The organization’s comprehensive range of services covers employment, housing, education, wellness and advocacy, aligning with its mission to support individuals with arrest and conviction records in becoming law-abiding members of the community.
Safer Foundation’s Role in the New Community Reentry Support Center
Victor B. Dickson, President & CEO of Safer Foundation, expressed gratitude in providing the newest CRSC and shared the city’s commitment to delivering holistic services in a safe and welcoming environment. The Safer Foundation – Danny K. Davis – Second Chance Center will serve as a hub for job training, counseling, education, and social support networks, fostering connections and partnerships between returning residents, community members, and service providers.
Mayor Johnson’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Allocation
Mayor Johnson’s fiscal year 2024 budget allocates $5 million towards opening an Office of Reentry within the Mayor’s Office. This office will coordinate the city’s efforts to ensure the successful reintegration of residents into society.
Chicago’s fifth CRSC represents a crucial step towards Safer Foundation’s mission and the city’s commitment to creating alternative paths for individuals returning from incarceration. The Safer Foundation – Danny K. Davis – Second Chance Center offering comprehensive support to those seeking to reintegrate into their communities successfully. As Safer Foundation continues to make strides, we invite the community to access the new Reentry Support Center’s services and join us in promoting positive change and reducing recidivism in Chicago. Together, we can build a brighter future for all.