31st Annual Golf Outing

Safer Foundation’s 31st Annual Golf Outing

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | Ruffled Feathers Golf Club – Lemont, IL

We are pleased to announce, the Safer Foundation golf outing, our favorite annual fundraising tradition, is taking place this year – with social distancing modifications!

We are planning a fun and safe event for you! You’ll enjoy lunch, an exciting round of golf, and the company of our wonderful partners & friends – including board members, staff, employer partners, celebrities, and VIPs – while raising funds to support the programs and services that help thousands of individuals with arrest & conviction records find gainful employment.

Social distancing modifications for our foursome scramble tournament include outdoor registration, outdoor lunch, golf cart sharing restricted to persons sharing households, and an outdoor cocktail reception. We’ll still have the usual fun games, raffles, auction items, free on the course concessions, and awards for first place, last place, longest drive, and closets to the pin.

Event Details

Date/Place

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Ruffled Feathers Golf Club | 1 Pete Dye Road Lemont, IL

Schedule

Registration – 11 AM

Barbecue Lunch – 12 PM

Tournament Starts – 1 PM

19th Hole Happy Hour: 5 PM – 7 PM [Featuring: Awards & Entertainment]

Golf Packages

FOURSOME: $1,000 – Includes green fees and cart for a foursome, lunch and (4) raffle entries

INDIVIDUAL: $250 – Includes green fees and cart, lunch and (1) raffle entry

Sponsorship Packages
Platinum Sponsor – $10,000
  • Listed as event and 19th hole sponsor
  • Two (2) foursomes teams includes: green fees, golf cart, andlunch
  • Company logo displayed on golf outing program and event signage
  • Naming rights to prestigious holes (game holes) on the golf course
  • Opportunity to display company marketing materials
Gold Sponsor – $5,000
  • One (1) foursome team includes: green fees, golf cart, and lunch
  • Company logo displayed on golf outing program and eventsignage
  • Naming rights to holes on the golf course
  • Opportunity to display company marketing materials
Silver Sponsor – $1,500
  • One (1) foursome team includes: green fees, golf cart, and lunch
  • Company logo displayed on golf outing program and event signage
  • Opportunity to display company marketing materials

DONATE OR REGISTER TODAY

RSVP

For more information or to register via phone contact: Landon Williams(312)913-6373 or [email protected]

A2J Know Your Rights Webinars – April 2021

April ACCESS TO JUSTICE CALENDAR

Safer Foundation’s A2J Community Navigators conduct Know Your Rights Education sessions for people who are incarcerated and those with arrest and conviction records. They also connect people to legal services and reentry services. 

Access to Justice (A2J) is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity, and engaging in public discourse about the consequences of incarceration and deportation. This will be achieved through mass education provided through Community Navigators and the provision of legal services.

Introducing the Family Matters Webinar Series

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

This series of webinars covers some of the basics of family law, particularly focusing on how family law intersects with the criminal legal system. The first webinar examines the importance of family connections when a parent is incarcerated. The second webinar will examine child placement options when someone is incarcerated. The third webinar will examine domestic relations, including divorce, custody, and visitation. The fourth webinar will examine the child welfare system and parental rights.

Wednesday, April 14th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am April Workforce 360

The recent passing of the Illinois Black Caucus’ Criminal Justice Bill, the SAFE-T Act, ended license suspensions for unpaid traffic, automated speed, and red light camera tickets. The bill also reinstates licenses suspended or held for these unpaid tickets as well as unpaid abandoned vehicle fines or fees. These changes mean Illinois no longer suspends driver’s licenses for any unpaid ticket fines or fees!

With the removal of this common barriers to employment, hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans could have increased access to transportation and better jobs. But when and how can job seekers begin to take advantage of the new legislation?

Join the Jobs Council and Safer Foundation as we discuss how to guide your job seekers through the process of getting their licenses back. We’ll also engage attendees in a dialogue about the next reforms most needed to support jobs seekers.

To Register Click Here

Friday, April 16th, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education 

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

To Register Click Here

Monday, April 19th 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Family Matters Series: The Impact of Parental Incarceration

This webinar will cover statistics surrounding mass incarceration, the importance of parent-child connections, and options for child visitation when a parent is incarcerated. In addition, it will review the process for requesting permission to visit a loved one in prison when you have a past felony conviction or pending criminal case.

To Register Click Here

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

To Register Click Here

Monday, April 26, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Family Matters Series: Child Placement Options

This webinar will cover the different types of guardianship in Illinois, including short-term, court-ordered, and stand-by guardianship. We will discuss how to establish and discharge guardianships. We will review the paperwork necessary to bring a child to visit a parent in prison. We will learn about the rights of homeless children, including children whose parents are incarcerated. Finally, we will discuss how guardianship can be useful when a parent faces immigration or warrant issues.

To Register Click Here

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses. 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

To Register Click Here

Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

To Register Click Here

Monday, May 3rd, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Family Matters Series: Domestic Relations

This webinar will cover topics like divorce, child custody, and visitation. For example, did you know that child custody is now called allocation of parental responsibilities in Illinois? We will examine how people who are incarcerated can file petitions and what options are available. We will also review how a criminal record can be used in cases for visitation or parenting time.

To Register Click Here

Monday, May 10th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Family Matters Series: The Child Welfare System

This final webinar will discuss the Department of Children and Family Services and the child welfare system. Participants will learn the timeline of child welfare cases and what various terms mean. We will also discuss how parents can appeal indicated reports. We will spend time discussing how parental rights can be terminated, particularly how criminal records can be used against parents in these cases. Finally, we will examine how criminal records impact the ability to foster children.

To Register Click Here

Roundtable for Justice-Involved Veterans

Most veterans dream of the day they will come home. So much can change in 6 -18 months. Yet somethings, like grandma’s homemade fudge, the taste of a cold Spotted Cow beer on a hot day, or how a baby smells never changes. How does one go from being a highly trained and motivated soldier to standing in front of a judge?  

Part of the answer is what the sentencing judge said to Sarge, “your service is a double-edged sword. Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society.” Of course, it is not the whole truth or there would be millions of veterans at various points in the justice system.   

Sarge had become one of those hard to digest veteran statistics. He was one of many veterans who would commit a violent crime.  

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015) states there is a greater percentage of veterans (64%) than non-veterans (48%) sentenced to prison for violent offenses. 

Like many of his other brothers and sisters in arms he suffered from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is a growing body of research that indicates justice-involved veterans are more likely to be addicted to opioids and/or alcohol, have mental health issues and have been homeless at one point in time.  

This roundtable discussion will allow leaders to identify overarching problems that are effecting the justice-involved veterans community as a whole and work on developing a group action plan.      

Who? 

These meetings are targeted at community leaders who have extensive knowledge in the justice system, serving veterans or both.   

What?  

Safer Foundation will be hosting a roundtable discussion about justice-involved veterans. These meetings will work with leaders to develop an action plan that the community can adopt to reduce identified challenges facing justice-involved veterans.   

When?   

Wednesday, March 10th 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. 

Thank You   

This roundtable was made possible by generous funding from the McCormick Foundation. 

Welcoming Home & Assisting Incarcerated Veterans

Register for the webinar series via Eventbrite.

Sam is an Iraq War veteran who recently came home. He achieved many titles and awards during his time in service but returning back to civilian life was more difficult. Friends and family wondered if something was different. He seemed to experience back pain and spasms nearly every day. During those bouts of pain, he’d consume all the pain killers he could find. When he wasn’t in pain, he would seem to go a thousand miles an hour; seemingly making up for “lost” time. His family becomes concerned, about how could he be incapacitated by pain one moment and an Olympic athlete the next. But Sam didn’t want help. He didn’t think anyone would understand.

This webinar series is for community providers who, whether they know it or not, encounter veterans at-risk for becoming involved in the justice system, in prison or jail, transitioning out of serving a sentence, or adjusting back to a stable routine.


Attendees will learn evidence-based practices that support justice-involved veterans when returning from incarceration. For example, the material discusses how to screen for suicidality, how to recognize the signs of MST, and how to change your practice to address common injuries from service. Attendees will leave with an understanding of veterans’ unique risk factors, which will ultimately empower veterans.

Delays in identification cause increased loneliness, suicide ideation, homelessness, and criminal behavior. The curated topics give you the skills you need to prevent veterans from falling through the cracks.

Subject matter experts will discuss behavioral and physical health outcomes of military service, suicide prevention, and the impacts of military sexual trauma (MST). This series will connect you to community resources and introduce techniques that commonly support veterans effectively, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Discussion will follow each of the keynote speakers to engage you and your team in the topics.

The free webinar series includes trainings on the following:

Suicide Prevention

Veterans accounted for 13.8% of all deaths by suicide in 2018. 1, but only make up 7 percent of the American population. This means a man or woman who served their country is twice as likely than their civilian counterparts to commit suicide. What’s even scarier, is that these reports and statics run 2 years behind and do not take into account the current pandemic. Some VA providers believe that number will drastically increase in future reports.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Believe it or not: more men are assaulted in the military than women: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 50 men respond “yes” that they experience MST when screened by their VA provider. Because more men serve than women, 1 in 50 is a larger number than 1 in 3 women. 2 “Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with MST, it is not the only diagnosis that can result from MST. For example, VA medical record data indicate that in addition to PTSD, the diagnoses most frequently associated with MST among users of VA health care are depression and other mood disorders, and substance use disorders.”- VA

Behavioral and Physical Health Impacts of Service

The relatively high rates of co-occurring disorders among veterans may result from prolonged exposure to trauma. Traumatic experiences may have occurred while serving in the military but may also include victimization prior to military service. Incarceration exacerbates experiences of trauma–or sometimes even causes trauma. Yet, many incarcerated veterans may not receive adequate support to recognize signs and seek treatment.


Breakout interviews

VA Justice-Involved Expert

Bad Discharge Papers Lawyer 

VA Suicide Prevention SME

If you want to stay up-to-date on justice-involved veterans (JIV) issues, follow us on Facebook. Ask The Expert Live Events will be going on throughout the year. If you have issues, you would like us to cover, please let us know.

Here are some resources and information that you may find helpful

  • Veterans Affairs information for Justice-Involved Veterans

Register our next live webinar:

August 20th, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST

Cost: Free

CEUS: Pending

Register for the webinar series via Eventbrite.
Who should watch?
  • Many people have the opportunity to improve a returning veteran’s chances of success. Are you one of them?
  • Case managers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Parole and probation
  • Criminal justice practitioners
  • Community leaders and organizations
  • You – if you work directly or indirectly with incarcerated veterans
What you will gain?
  • Veteran-focused signs and flags of suicide ideation, military sexual trauma, and behavioral and physical health symptoms
  • Knowledge of community resources and supports for referrals and further support
  • Introduction to techniques that commonly support veterans effectively, such as CBT
  • Veteran justice outreach experts to answer your questions

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This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

A2J KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEBINARS – February

February ACCESS TO JUSTICE CALENDAR

Access to Justice Program (A2J) Description: Safer Foundation’s A2J Community Navigators conduct Know Your Rights Education sessions for people who are incarcerated and those with arrest and conviction records. They also connect people to legal services and reentry services. 

Access to Justice (A2J) is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity, and engaging in public discourse about the consequences of incarceration and deportation. This will be achieved through mass education provided through Community Navigators and the provision of legal services.

Monday, February 8 , 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses. 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

To register click here

Friday, February 12th, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education 

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

To register click here

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief 

This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

To register click here

Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

To register click here

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

 This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

To register click here

Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education 

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

To register click here

A2J Know Your Rights Webinars – January

January Access to Justice Calendar

Access to Justice Program (A2J) Description: Safer Foundation’s A2J Community Navigators conduct Know Your Rights Education sessions for people who are incarcerated and those with arrest and conviction records. They also connect people to legal services and reentry services. 

Access to Justice (A2J) is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity, and engaging in public discourse about the consequences of incarceration and deportation. This will be achieved through mass education provided through Community Navigators and the provision of legal services.

Monday, January  18, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses. 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

To register click on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3DNnOABPRT6SxXrlDJPeRQ

Friday, January 22, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education 

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

To register click on this link:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kBH8ZDtNTYuqYExv_8Hgeg

Monday, January 25, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief 

This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

To register click here

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

To register click here

Friday, January 29, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

 This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

To register click Here

Education Justice Project 2020 Reentry Guides

The EJP Reentry Guide Initiative produces three guides for people leaving prison and for family members, friends and service providers who support them.

To download reentry guides for free: Educationjustice.net/home/reentry-guides

To request reentry guides: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1631272

Food Pantries

If you or someone you know is in need of a list of available food pantries you can view them here. You can also do a search for a location in your area by going to: Greater Chicago Food Dipository – Find Food

The Advancing Careers and Employment (ACE) Initiative is Now Enrolling

What is ACE? The Advancing Careers and Employment (ACE) initiative is a program designed for Recently Returning Citizens to learn industry skills and enter long-term career employment.

The ACE program pairs participants with Employment Specialists who help participants decide which career best fits their skills and desires and work together to achieve their education and employment goals.