Support Safer Foundation through Safer Sacks fundraiser

Support Safer Foundation through Safer Sacks fundraiser

Volunteers, including representatives from the cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Moline and Rock Island, gathered Wednesday for the fourth year in a row to build sack lunches for Safer Foundation’s annual Safer Sacks fundraiser.

All of the money raised goes toward individuals served through Safer Foundation’s many local programs: Employment Services Program, Pathway Home, Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) and I-MATTER.

New this year: Drive-through

On Thursday, April 18, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., customers can purchase lunches for $8 at the Safer Sacks drive through at the JB Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main St., Davenport.

For 19 years, Safer Foundation staff, board members, individuals served, public partners, employers and volunteers come together to assemble, promote, and sell sack lunches throughout the Quad Cities community. Each lunch consists of a ham/turkey/cheese croissantwich, chips, cookies and fruit. Proceeds support Safer’s efforts to provide a safe place for individuals with arrest and conviction records to foster their untapped potential while removing barriers to employment, education and other life necessities.

About the Safer Foundation

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

April marks Second Chance Month, a nationally recognized observance since 2017. It is a time dedicated to raising awareness of the significance of granting individuals with arrest and conviction records the opportunity to rebuild their lives. This month emphasizes the importance of reentry for both individuals and communities, serving as a platform to highlight the promising initiatives across the nation that aim to improve reentry outcomes.

In the United States, approximately one in three adults have a criminal record. Each year, more than 650,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons, contributing to a total of over 70 million Americans with a history of involvement in the criminal legal system. However, the journey of reintegration into society for these individuals is filled with obstacles. Securing stable employment, housing, healthcare, education, and other essentials becomes a difficult task for those with a record. As a result, nearly 75 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals remain unemployed a year after their release, according to the Safer Foundation.

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