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Founded on Belief
in a Better Way Forward.

At the very core of Safer Foundation is our belief in an unobstructed road to reentry. From our start in 1972, our mission has been to pave that road with stabilizing support, employment, education, and advocacy that empower justice-involved individuals to achieve their true potential.

Here, we know opportunity is key—to empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and creating a better way forward for all. Clearing the landscape of systemic legal and societal hurdles is no small task, and one we’ve spent over half a century working toward.

Today, we serve over 5,300 clients annually

We continue to impact change at the individual-, community-, state-, and national-level, and our track record has earned us recognition by Charity Navigator as an organization worthy of clients’ and donors’ trust and confidence. Above all, we remain focused on turning our vision into a reality: For every justice-involved person, family, and community to walk a clear path to an equitable future.

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Our Locations

Main Office

Exterior photo of the Safer Foundation main office located at 571 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, IL.

Our Leadership

Our leadership team is responsible for strategizing and launching programs and services across each of our locations. They’re committed to serving the justice-involved community by setting our culture of service, empowering our teams, and securing the resources to succeed.

Our Partner Network

"I work for Safer because, sometimes, all it takes for a new beginning is someone who supports you, encourages you, and reminds you of all the things you can be. I want to be that person."

- Jordan B.

Program Manager, Quad Cities

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“It’s important to me that my professional career is aligned with the fight for social justice, and Safer allows me to do that.”

- Benjamin O.

Senior Director Research, Chicago

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“One way to create safety in our society is to protect and empower our most vulnerable community members. At Safer, we do just that!”

- Erica L.

Director, Quad Cities

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"I am honored to be a part of the Safer family, making a positive impact by creating synergy between individuals and organizations working toward something bigger than ourselves."

- Angel J.

Outreach Coordinator, Chicago

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“I enjoy working with the population at the Cook County Jail. Yes, it is a different environment. However, I have never felt so motivated and empowered to teach. It's amazing to see students take pride in learning, and even if briefly, forget their current circumstances."

- Christayl R.

Instructional Facilitator, Chicago

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"Interacting with clients doesn't feel like work. I see the impact we make in every smile, small win, and major milestone."

- Christopher G.

Client Services, Chicago


Many hands make light work. We’re always looking for new team members to join our mission of removing the barriers to reentry and enabling and empowering the justice-involved community. Learn more about our open positions.

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