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.

Former Safer client Darryl Tayborn now provides guidance to other clients in the Quad Cities.

A lifelong Chicago resident prior to his incarceration, Tayborn has forged a new life for himself in the Quad Cities, working two jobs and giving back to his community whenever he gets the chance.

Tayborn grew up in Chicago and found himself in trouble at a young age. As a young man, he entered the drug trade and eventually ended up in prison for 14 years and nine months. While inside, Tayborn reevaluated his priorities and vowed that when he returned, he’d follow a different path.

“While I was in prison, I decided it was time for a change,” Tayborn said. “I did almost 15 years and I was tired of the same thing over and over again. I said to myself, 'This is not for me.’”

Tayborn settled in the Quad Cities and found his way to Safer Foundation early in 2006. With Safer’s assistance, Tayborn found a job at XPAC, a packaging supply company. Within three months he was named Employee of the Month and has since been promoted to supervisor.

While his career has progressed at XPAC, Tayborn hasn’t forgotten the help he received from Safer. In addition to working full-time, Tayborn works part-time as an administrative assistant for all three of Safer’s offices in the Quad Cities.

“Darryl has been an asset and is a team player in every respect -- pitching in to do whatever is necessary to further the mission and help his coworkers,” said Sue Davison, Program Manager of Safer’s Davenport, Iowa, office. “We feel fortunate to have Darryl as part of the Safer Quad Cities team.”

Aside from his administrative responsibilities, Tayborn routinely volunteers to speak to classes where he talks to clients about his story and how far he has come since his release.

“I give talks in the classes about discovering the champion in you,” Tayborn said. “I want them to know that there is help out there and there is another way.”

The rest of the Quad Cities staff has been impressed by Tayborn’s willingness to share his story openly for the students and how well they can relate.

“Darryl has a big heart and is never too busy to give encouragement or mentor those that need a helping hand,” Davison said. “The students relate well to Darryl, listening intently and seeking Darryl out for advice. Darryl also takes the time to “give back” by accompanying Safer staff to speaking engagements, United Way site visits or any other opportunity to share his story and tell how Safer assisted him in his reentry journey.”

--David Dexter

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