Success Stories

Safer clients are highly motivated individuals, who have not let their past restrict their potential. Learn more about just a few of the many great outcomes of Safer programs.

With Safer's assistance, clients have over 2,700 job starts each year.

The following success stories highlight some Safer clients who have made significant strides in their lives since they began receiving services. While most of the work was put in by the clients themselves, Safer helped by providing assistance when needed.

Fred Stevens

Fred Stevens is never far from his phone at South Chicago Dodge. As a finance manager at the dealer-ship, there is always a deal to close, a call to answer, a problem to solve. MORE >

Nadeja Beasley

Nadeja Beasley had 10 long years to think about some costly choices she made when she was young. Instead of wallowing in self pity, Nadeja made a concerted effort to better herself on the inside. MORE >

Jay Borchert

Jay Borchert can proudly say he’s been clean for ten years. Earlier in his life, he worried that might never be the case, but after six trips to the penitentiary, he decided enough was enough and decided to change his life. MORE >

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz once lived the life of a gangbanger on the streets of Chicago. The money was good, but he constantly worried about the safety of his family. Eventually, his bubble burst and he ended up in prison. MORE >

Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell knew he had betrayed his family and he swore he’d never do it again. Five years ago, Kevin entered prison, leaving behind a young son. Ever since, Kevin has been determined to do right by his boy and that goal led him to Safer Foundation. MORE >

Tayborn Gives Back

After spending nearly 15 years of his life in prison, Darryl Tayborn has spent the last four making up for lost time. MORE >

Warren Phillips

Warren Phillips is quick to discuss his job in the accounting department of the Office of the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Burdened with a criminal record, Warren thought he might never get this kind of opportunity again. Th MORE >

Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez spent 20 years in prison after a gang-related fight that ended in the death of a young man in Humboldt Park. Although he didn’t actually commit the crime, he was held accountable for another man’s action. MORE >

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