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We Are Devoted to Leading Individuals Toward a Better Future

Chance For Life (CFL) was founded in 1992 by Tom Adams who enlisted the help of Jessica Taylor to develop and deliver the CFL curriculum to MDOC inmates. Both Mr. Adams and Ms. Taylor travels to nine (9) correctional facilities throughout the state providing oversight for the CFL inside programs and educating those that are soon returning to the community about the services offered by the CFL.

Mr. Tom Adams


The Man Behind the CFL Vision

Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University. He also has more than thirty years of experience as a senior manager.

As the president of CFL, he earned the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award presented by the American Baptist Churches USA. This is for all the incomparable services he and his team have provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.


Mr. Adams has also had a significant and lasting impact on the greater Detroit community. These achievements include being:

Additionally, Mr. Adams has served as the president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE – Detroit Chapter), the chairman of the Economic Development Division of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention (MPBC), and the president of the Laymen’s division of the MPBC. He is also a past member of the following organizations:

Jessica Taylor

Executive Director, Chance For Life
Vice-Chair, Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity (MCCAEO)
Past-Chair, Detroit Board of Police Commissioners

Picture of Jessica Taylor

For more than 20 years, Ms. Taylor has been helping inmates transform their lives through mediation, critical thinking, family reunification, and more. With Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science degrees from Cornerstone University, she was the assistant to the director of training at the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Ms. Taylor was also involved in the implementation of Peer Mediation Programs in the Detroit Public School System.

Ms. Taylor was also the mediation coordinator and volunteer recruiter for the Catholic Youth Organization. There, she set up mediation centers in several Detroit precincts and the city of Highland Park. Her responsibilities included recruiting and training community volunteers to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of a mediation center.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Our team is the reason behind the success of CFL. It is dedicated to providing the best experience possible for our program participants and families.


Loretta O. Cook

Administrative Assistant

James Thomas

Transition Coach

Tanya Bowman


Chontay Glenn


Monique Gaines

Volunteer Mentors


James Hill


Matthew Makowski


Lionel Smith


Donald Harris


Larry Smith

Advisory Board


Commissioner Alisha Bell

Board Member


Dr. Ben Jones

Board Member


Anthony Jones

Board Member


Deacon Michael Chesley

Board Member


Pastor E.L. Branch

Board Member


Peter Martel

Board Member


Chief William T. Riley

Board Member


John Broad

Board Member


Richard Baird


Chief James Craig


Jack Berke

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