Practicum/Internship (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – August 26, 2014
Pros: great training, casual fridays
Cons: have to use copier and fax machines on lower floors
This was an unpaid Practicum/Internship position. What I liked about Safer would start with the staff. As a Clinical Mental Health Professional, I was well!!. Supervisors went far and beyond their roles when it came to teaching us the craft of working with clients with mental-health/substance abuse issues. There was no such thing as a typical day at – more... this site. I worked with IDOC inmates...never a dull moment! I learned from the clients as much as they learned from me and other co-workers. The paperwork was one of the hardest, but most rewarding areas I had to learn. Counselors deal with a lot of necessary paperwork! Thanks to my mentors at Safer, I am well qualified to do Intakes/Treatment plans etc. One of the most important lessons I learned at Safer...it takes a team to work with clients. I continue to understand how counseling is an Art!!! – less
Intern of Data Analyst (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – August 15, 2014
This intern was assigned by my school. Safer Foundation is a non-profit organization with many nice co-workers. My typical day at work was to collected and organized clients’ personal information, assisting in managerial analysis of customer profiles. Formatted data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security by using proprietary database that – more... can track the progress of the clients and verified employment according to Federal Title XX requirements. The most enjoyable part of the job is to check different people's files. Besides, sat next to my supervisor and worked with her was also fun. She was very nice and taught me a lot. She helped me make my excel skill and database more professional. – less
Instructional Facilitator (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – June 19, 2014
Cons: personal issues conflicting with work
I truly enjoyed my job as well as my clients but I could have been compensated better for all that was required. My co-workers and my supervisor were awesome but if you were not part of the "chosen few" the management was horrible. Uppity management that couldn't separate personal issues from job duties made for a very hostile work environment.
Correctional Resource Counselor (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – June 10, 2014
This job demands that you work 16 hors a day and if you do not you may be suspended or even terminated. The pay is decent but the employees and supervisors are terrible. The inmates are better people than staff.
Seeing the smiles on the resident face when they received their GED Certificates or Job Promotions.
Admini. Assistant (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – January 6, 2014
Pros: providing events, movies, holidays feast.
A typical day @ Safer is: Working with inmates on a daily basis; The company objective is to give Inmates a 2nd chance back into the work field. There are rules and guidelines that the inmates must be adhered by. My job basically is to make sure that the rules are instructed.
What I have learned: Is that inmates are human and they got caught doing – more... a crime; Which they want attention and someone to discuss their personal life story with. They want someone to have patience with them.
Management: The Management tries to help please Staff and Inmates.
Co-workers: My co-worker are wonderful people to work with.
The hardest part of the Job: Is when you can't reach out to a Inmate.
The Most enjoyable part of the job: Is seeing a inmate get a job/education and being able to support himself and family. – less
Internship (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – November 30, 2013
Working for the Safer Foundation/ Crossroads was a very rewarding experience, I was given an un-paid internship and I stayed over a year, I would look forwarded to reporting to duty every Monday, I took great pride in helping people turn their life around and helping people with just basic skills of every day life was such a warm feeling, something – more... other people would take for granted. I would welcome the new residents and go over the rules of the organization, I would help the new residents get into school and help them find gainful employment. I was responsible for putting all of the new residents files together. Crossroads offered me a position as Case Manager, but I was unable to accept due to salary decrease from my present employer. – less
Corr Residential Counselor II, North Lawndale ATC (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – August 29, 2013
Pros: learning to deal with a consistently changing enviorment
Cons: no health care
My work day consist of assigning post details and making sure the safety of the facility hasn't be compromised. By doing interior and exterior perimetor checks. How to adjust daily to a number of changing situations. correspond with upper managment daily to ensure the facility is secure and all daily details are forefilled. My co-works and I ensure – more... we operate as a team on a daily basis. The hardest part of the job is adjusting to over a hundred different personslities to ensure you treat everyone fair. The most enjoyable part of the job is to see a resident complete the program and fell like they have accomplished a milestone in life. – less
Instructional Facilitator (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – August 19, 2013
A typical day at work involved teaching my clients reading, writing, math skills and some other skills not written in the curriculum. I learned that caring and being knowledgeable of my job gave a me lot of motivation to keep doing my job no matter what.
Management was okay. As for my co-workers, I enjoyed working with them; for the most part, we were – more... like a big family.
The hardest part of my job was the work setting, which made me feel concerned about my safety. Yet thank God nothing harmful actually happened to me. The most enjoyable part of my job was my interaction with my clients. – less
Its pretty much who you know that will get you promoted. The administration is something else. Unless your liked or in a click you will just be a security guard for dirty inmates. In addition its all about whom you know.
Correctional officer (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – November 19, 2012
Pros: very family oriented. they really cared.
Cons: poor recent management of the site i was at.
Conduct count Search presons, living quarters, facility maintain a safe working and residential enviornment.Lots of paprwork. Management over the past few years was poor. It was very "clickish" and made the stability of employment very weak. I do not kiss up or join "clicks" so it was not good for me. My co-workers and immediate supervisors were fabulous! There – more... wasn't any hardest part of the job and I enjoyed everything I did there for my position. – less
supervised 10-12 security staff. responsible for the custody, care and control of the the pre release detaines that live in the facility. initiated fugitive warrants, inmate disciplinary hearing officer. participated in aca and osha audits.