Evelyn: A Testament to Second Chances
At Safer Foundation, we believe in second chances. We believe in providing support, resources, and opportunities to those who are ready to make a positive change in their lives. Evelyn Morens is a shining example of the transformative power of determination, support, and opportunity.
Serving a three-year sentence, Evelyn took the time to reflect on her life choices and the impact they had on herself and her loved ones. Missing her daughter’s 8th-grade graduation and the passing of her mother while she was behind bars served as profound moments of realization for Evelyn. She made a promise to herself and her children that she would turn her life around and never return to the path that led her to incarceration.
Evelyn’s journey with Safer Foundation began while she was incarcerated. Safer Foundation’s outreach team makes regular visits to prisons, educating individuals about the range of services and resources. Motivated by the promise of support and guidance, Evelyn eagerly enrolled for assistance.
In 2010, Evelyn returned home, and shortly after, she received a call from Safer Foundation. Safer Foundation helped her secure a job with Clean City Crew, one of Safer’s programs dedicated to providing employment and training to individuals with records. Over the years, Evelyn worked diligently, progressing from a laborer to a supervisor within Clean City Crew. She credits Safer Foundation for playing a major role in her life, providing her with a second chance that she embraced wholeheartedly.
Through her employment with Clean City Crew, Evelyn achieved significant milestones. She obtained her driver’s license, opened her first bank account, secured her own apartment, and purchased a car. These accomplishments are not just about financial independence but also symbolize her reclaiming control over her life and future.
Today, Evelyn is employed by the City of Chicago with the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS). Her journey from incarceration to independence is a testament to her resilience, determination, and the support of organizations like Safer Foundation.
Evelyn’s advice to others facing similar challenges is simple yet profound: keep pushing, believe in the possibility of a better life, and never lose sight of the willingness to change. She encourages individuals struggling with addiction and a record to seek support and embrace the opportunities presented to them.
Recently, Evelyn had the honor of speaking at Mayor Brandon Johnson’s conference, where she shared her journey and the impact of Safer Foundation on her life. Her advocacy and determination serve as an inspiration to others, demonstrating that with perseverance and support, anyone can overcome adversity and build a brighter future.
Let Evelyn Morens be a reminder that second chances are not just deserved but achievable with the right support system and a willingness to change. Safer Foundation is proud to have been a part of Evelyn’s journey and remains committed to empowering individuals with arrest and conviction records.