Recommendations & Endorsements
Hear what our community leaders think about our program....
"Chance For Life Organization is instrumental in the ability of program participants to successfully transition back into the community."
I am pleased to confirm my enthusiastic support for the Chance For Life Organization... Through direct involvement, not only during incarceration, but after release, the Chance For Life Organization is instrumental in the ability of program participants to successfully transition back into the community.
I believe the Chance For Life Organization will continue to have a positive impact, not only in the City of Detroit, but also in the surrounding metropolitan communities, and I strongly support their efforts.
Lashinda T. Stair
1st Assistant Chief - Detroit Police Department
"They take advantage of opportunities to increase their employability."
I recently retired after eleven years as President of Crime Stoppers of Michigan. During that time I got to know Mr. Adams and the organization Chance For Life. I ran a large ($80M) construction company for 32 years. I would have hired Chance For Life people for responsible positions within my companies.
They are extremely respectful, good problem solvers, insightful into other people, and most important, responsible for protecting the lives of others within the prisons. They take advantage of opportunities to increase their employability. They have mediation and dispute resolution skills. They take responsibility for their past mistakes without excuses. They are anxious to be involved in their communities and help others to not make the same mistakes.
John W. Broad
Former President - Crime Stoppers of Michigan
"The success observed in these facilities has been so impressive that Wardens continue to request additional CFL programs within their facilities."
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you both for your tireless efforts in bringing the Chance For Life program into the Michigan Department of Corrections facilities. The endless hours of training and teaching you provide have not gone unnoticed. These efforts have resulted in a safer population within the facilities that are under my jurisdiction. Facilities with this program are significantly more peaceful and misconducts have been greatly reduced to the extent that the CFL units within the facility have little to no misconducts.
Additionally, the entire population as a prison that has the CFL Program is more peaceful as a result of the influence of CFL and the active participants. The success observed in these facilities has been so impressive that Wardens continue to request additional CFL programs within their facilities. This is a strong testament to the benefits of the program which extends beyond incarceration as it also prepares individuals for the time when they will be released and reintroduced to the community providing a greater opportunity for success.
Thank you for the services you have and will continue to provide supporting these programs within the facilities.
Bruce L. Curtis
Assistant Deputy Director, CFA
"CFL is playing an important role of helping people get back up."
Life is like a boxing match. One loses not when one falls down but when one fails to get back up. CFL is playing an important role of helping people get back up. Each person that is rehabilitated becomes an inspiration and a role model for many more.
President - Somat Engineering
"The men I met had definitely been changed by the Chance For Life program..."
What I really liked was the unique approach of transforming minds by teaching inmates how to "think", a basic skill that many of us take for granted. By teaching about responsibility, planning ahead before taking action, the importance of community, conflict resolution, and other social skills, it sets prisoners up to be success when exiting the system.
The men I met had definitely been changed by the Chance For Life program and I fully support your efforts in this area.
President & CEO - Matrix Human Services
"I fully support the Chance For Life Organization's goal..."
On behalf of Greater Detroit Area Health Council, I fully support the Chance For Life Organization's goal (CFL)... The CFL long-term program teaches Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking/Communication, Substance Abuse Awareness, Diversity, Parenting, and Family Reunification. As a result, the nine correctional facilities that have engaged the CFL curriculum have enjoyed a significant reduction in violent incidents among inmates.
President & CEO - Greater Detroit Area Health Council
"Mr. Adams and his team not only teach individuals in these situations how to succeed but empower them to do so through self confidence and success and healthy thinking."
Mr. Adams and his team have designed the most successful re-entry program that I am aware of in the country for incarcerated individuals, preparing them for the challenges facing them.
The CFL Organization understands the needs of the community, especially those members at the fringes of society. Mr. Adams and his team not only teach individuals in these situations how to succeed but empower them to do so through self confidence and success and healthy thinking. The CFL has a wealth of knowledge to offer the community, whether the person is a returning citizen coming home from a correctional facility after twenty five years, or a family who has been touched by the affects of a family member's incarceration. I highly recommend the CFL Organization.
Deacon Michael Chesley
Chaplain SVDP JI - Society of St. Vincent de Paul Justice Initiative
"CFL programming has assisted countless consumers in reducing their substance use and in transforming their lives..."
CFL programming has assisted countless consumers in reducing their substance use and in transforming their lives in positive manners such as obtaining employment, completing high school diploma equivalency or returning back to school, and maintaining mental health treatment services. As the Director of Prevention Services here ar Mariners Inn and the Chairperson of Detroit Wayne Mentals Health Authority SUD Oversight Board, CFL is greatly recommended to offset any institution and their established programming and or services.
Mr. Angelo Glenn
Prevention Director - Mariners Inn
"The CFL staff possesses extraordinary vision, dedication, and competency in achieving the program mission."
I have become very familiar with CFL in my capacity as Director of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO)... We have found CFL to provide a transforming influence on our clients' lives, causing many to accept responsibility, manage conflict, resolve differences, and gain wisdom and maturity... The CFL Model is very effective at bringing about dramatic change in individuals, making them better, more responsible, citizens in any setting. The CFL staff possesses extraordinary vision, dedication, and competency in achieving the program mission.
I highly endorse the CFL goals and operations, and greatly appreciate what they have accomplished for our clients, and so many other incarcerated persons.
Dawn Van Hoek
Chance For Life is a Way of Life...
Changing the world begins with changing the lives of the people in our community.