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ARCH is an outreach project to help meet the needs of individuals who have been incarcerated, also referred to as returning or restored citizens. We aim to assist local faith communities in becoming welcoming spaces that provide essential support services to returning citizens on their road to reintegration and healing. This project also aids those who serve returning citizens to live out their faith with works of compassion and mercy.

ARCH does not discriminate in who we assist or limit our service to any denomination or tradition. We seek to support persons on their reentry regardless of faith affiliation.

 

the need

Returning citizens have paid their debt to society in terms of serving time in jail or prison. Despite this, they continue to face monumental challenges in becoming active members of their community. These challenges often result in unemployment, homelessness, collateral sanctions instituted by public policy, mental health treatment needs, and family life issues. The effects of criminal behavior and incarceration are major contributors to poverty in our community. ARCH is working to equip local faith communities to welcome and walk with returning citizens on their journey.

 

our history

The ARCH program includes elements surfaced by a Returning Citizens Working Group that was convened in 2016 by the Columbus Catholic Diocese Office for Social Concerns and Vincentian Ohio Action Network, which included prison ministers, formerly incarcerated leaders, and community partners actively meeting to address reentry needs. The ARCH program was formally launched in Winter 2017 with the sponsorship of the Catholic Diocese Office for Social Concerns and St. Vincent de Paul, via the Vincentian Ohio Action Network, with seed funding provided by The Catholic Foundation.  ARCH also receives funding from Franklin County Board of Commissioners Justice Policy and Programs, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and collaborates with many other networks and groups in the community, including All in Community, Central Ohio Restored Citizens' Collaborative, Ohio Means Jobs and various other interfaith and community-based reentry projects.

We are also active in the coordination of Central Ohio Reentry Week, a week of conversation, connection, and community to uplift those impacted by the justice system.

 


Upcoming Reentry Events

 

       

 


What's going on at ARCH?

 

We're here with the last episode of The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis before the new year!

Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - welcomes Zach Ruppel to her couch. Zach is a volunteer with the Central Ohio Restored Citizens Collaborative, a returning citizen himself, and a talented artist. Vanita and Zach discuss spirituality, leadership as a returning citizen, and the trauma inherent within the prison system. 

We hope you all enjoy this episode of The Brown Couch and stay tuned for future guests in 2022!

 


 

 

Good news! Episode Six of The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis is here!

Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - welcomes Ashley Shears to her couch. Ashley is an entrepreneur, wife, and mother. Together, the pair talk about what it meant to support her husband when he was incarcerated and all the challenges it entailed.

We hope you all enjoy this episode of The Brown Couch and stay tuned for future guests!

 


 

Reentry Week 2021 | Community Pop-Up Showcase

Last month, dozens of agencies and organizations came together to make Reentry Week a collaborative success! To catch up on the panels, events, and discussions that took place over Reentry Week, please go to www.centralohioreentryweek.com or view the YouTube channel, Central Ohio Reentry Week.

During Reentry week, Community pop-up events were offered daily throughout Columbus. Attendees were able to get birth certificates and ID vouchers. They were also able to sign up for BMV amnesty, Franklin county JFS/SNAP benefits, Primary One/Medicaid; as well as make medical & COVID appointments and view art from restored citizens

We'd like to share the video the Reentry Week team put together to showcase these Community Pop-Ups. Check it out below!

    


 

Tell Legislatures to Support Bail Reform!

The justice system should be focused on both equity and protecting the community.

Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 315 on Bail Reformtwo companion bills recently introduced in Ohio, are an important part of ensuring the justice system is focused on both.

We are asking you to call your representatives and voice your support for Senate Bill 182 and Senate Bill 315 on Bail Reform.

Please click HERE to find the script and legislative call-list.