Chance For Life

We Go the Extra Mile

An Organization That Helps Individuals Get Back on Track

“Changing the community and creating a better future, one life at a time.”
– Tom Adams

A Second Chance Can Make All the Difference

Chance For Life (CFL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers behavioral and life skills training to returning citizens and individuals incarcerated in local municipal jails and Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC).

The Program’s History

In 1999, Chance For Life (CFL) implemented the first “Transformation Project” at the Mound Correctional Facility. Twenty-five (25) inmates who were leaders of diverse religions and other prison-based organizations, were selected to participate in CFL’s long-term training program consisting of Mediation and Communication. As a result of the participants learning how to resolve their disputes using mediation skills and how to pass these skills on to the other inmates (Train-the-Trainer), the Mound Facility saw a 40% decrease in violent incidents among inmates within a year of implementation.

CFL’s outside program follows the same ideology as our inside program: “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” We believe in empowering people to do for themselves through education and opportunity.

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Supporting Returning Citizens

We will provide you with training and programs that will help you be successful after leaving prison.

CFL specializes in job training, job placement & retention and substance use disorders. In order to qualify for job placement with a CFL employer, you MUST participate in our 24 hour transformation program curriculum, (three days a week at 4-hours a day over a two week period).

Other services include: Assistance with legal services, healthcare, inpatient and outpatient SUD treatment services, food and clothing. These services are also available to family members of returning citizens, low income or citizens with disabilities. You must be registered with CFL to receive services. Please contact (313) 784-9209 for details.

Our Vision

At CFL, our vision is to transform minds, change hearts, and create safe communities by giving returning citizens and people with disabilities an opportunity to develop themselves in a positive manner in spite of adverse conditions.


A. Posey

Program Participant

“Not only have the teachings of CFL affected the recidivism rate, they have completely transformed the mindset of women through their incarceration.”

T. Hernandez

Program Participant

“It isn’t often that someone like myself is given a “game-changer” in life; however, Chance For Life has not only been a life changer, it has been my lifesaver.”

A. Jones

Program Participant

“…Chance For Life provided me with the assistance needed to bring perspective and balance to my life. The organization took its time to strip me of my own manner of thinking and restored me back to a mindset that has proven to be an asset to the community.”

D. Owen

Participant’s Mother

“I wanted to personally thank everybody involved in creating this program that has helped my son become the man I’ve always believed he could be…”

R. Bey

Program Participant

“The Chance For Life Organization is the only organization who has been doing this kind of work before it was popular. It has continued the mission of truly changing a person's life around. Though many organizations boast of helping returning citizens, here the proof is in the pudding as they say.”