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White House Award for Safer Foundation

On August 5, Safer Foundation’s CEO, Diane Williams, was awarded a Champion of Change recipient for the organization's innovative and proven programs supporting formerly incarcerated individuals.


The recognition came for implementing the Safer Return program in East Garfield Park.  The program was featured in the Obama Administration's 2011 National Drug Control Strategy. Safer Return is a collaborative effort of Garfield Park community members, law enforcement and corrections officials, service providers, local businesses, and participants.


Participants are interviewed while they are in prison to begin reentry planning; then post-release, community-based professionals work with them on a range of important issues. We would like to thank Safer, its green jobs supervisors and participants, Christy Webber Landscapes and others for helping enhance Garfield Park and contributing to various open space projects across the Garfield Park community.

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