The Safer Foundation of the Quad-Cities will host a fundraiser to help give a second chance to young people and others who’ve overcome their past troubles.
A Super Trivia Night will be Friday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport. Cost is $10 per person for an eight-person team. People may bring their own snacks. A cash bar will be available. There also will be a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle. Doors open at
6 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program and employment services programs in the Quad-City area.
Safer works to break down barriers in the areas of employment and education for individuals struggling to overcome the stigma of a criminal record, said Sue Davison, the Quad-Cities Safer manager.
“In addition to the stigma of having a criminal record, an individual’s return to their communities after incarceration is an uphill climb exacerbated by substance abuse, lack of education, training or work history, and the competitive job market,” she added.
“Unfortunately with the challenges faced upon release – more than half those released will return to prison within three years,” Davison said. “When the formerly incarcerated use Safer’s supportive or employment services, that rate is cut in at least half. The recidivism rate further drops to 13 percent when a client receives both supportive and employment services
Safer annually serves more than 250 individuals who are seeking assistance in obtaining employment through its Rock Island Employment Services Program.
Safer also serves court-involved young people through its Youth Empowerment Programs in Rock Island and Scott counties. Students served are between the ages of 16-21 and have not been successful in the traditional school setting.
Davison said the young people who come to Safer are empowered to take control of their lives through education and are given the support, guidance and encouragement needed to turn their lives around.
Services include instruction and preparation for taking and passing the General Educational Development, or GED, exam, employment readiness training and direct placement with area employers, as well as life skill training in the areas of financial management, independent living, decision making, goal setting and anger management.