Letter from our Chief Executive Officer

A Road Back

For more than forty years the Safer Foundation has been a local, national and global leader in the effort to assist people with criminal records overcome the enormous barriers they face. One of the most significant challenges they must overcome is securing employment, which is the ultimate goal of our efforts. This mission was launched by two individuals who were concerned about our communities’ returning citizens. They were pioneers in what has become an enormous social service endeavor in our nation. At present, more than 600,000 people are released from prisons in America each year. Most, if not all need a helping hand to re-enter society successfully.

Since 1994, almost half of our history, Diane Williams our President Emeritus, nurtured and grew Safer. She built upon the foundation and commitment of our founders to see people with criminal records become employed and contributing neighbors. Now, it’s my high honor to carry on this important work with a team of the most capable, committed and passionate people I have ever met! We are delighted to play a part in assisting our clients in their effort to put and keep their lives on a positive path. Safer collaborates with numerous organizations to provide a holistic set of services for our clients. Our ultimate goal is to assist our clients in securing and retaining employment. Employment has been proven to be a most effective means of reducing recidivism. When our clients work, they regain many important things; self-sufficiency, dignity and the ability to contribute to their family and community. Their success makes all of us safer.

If you are a potential client you will find information on this site about how you can participate in Safer programs and services. If you are not a prospective client, I encourage you to consider one of the numerous ways you can help us build “a road back” for our returning brothers & sisters. You can volunteer and help us help others. If your time is limited you can make a financial contribution. However you choose to help, you will never regret helping to provide what most of us need at some time in life…a fresh start! Thanks in advance!


Victor B. Dickson

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