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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.

Click here for current advocacy priorities (updated 12/10/20)

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 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 and collaborates with many other networks and groups in the community, including All in Community, a reentry program from the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and various other interfaith and community-based reentry projects. 

 


What's going on at ARCH?

 

March 19 Reentry Events and Developments

Are you a returning citizen who owns a business? Do you know someone who was incarcerated who is an entrepreneur? We want to boost their business for April's upcoming Reentry Week in partnership with Central Ohio's Restored Citizen's Collaborative. We will be highlighting businesses during reentry week on a number of social media platforms and in communications to reentry partners all over the region.

This builds hope for others and increases revenue for you! 

   

Dana Davis | ARCH Spotlight

ARCH is blessed with an incredible staff intent on doing incredible things. Find out more about Dana Davis, Business Network Manager for ARCH by watching the video below. 

You can also learn more about the ARCH Business Network's latest initiative, a partnership with Acuity Metrology & Consulting to bring CAD to the women of ORW below through a new program called Six Degrees of Freedom

 

Six Degrees of Freedom Announcement

Last year amidst the chaos of the COVID 19 pandemic, Dana Davis - ARCH Business Network Manager, was hard at work finding ways to help returning citizens find employment that is both fulfilling and provides a living wage.

At the same time, Matthew DuPriest, owner and founder of Acuity Metrology & Consulting, was looking for a way to give back to vulnerable populations.

Together, this is what they came up with.