A Year In Review | Reentry Week & Community Pop-Ups!

2021 is coming to a close! We want to thank all of you who have worked with and alongside us helping with reentry in Central Ohio. Your support helps us achieve our goals and grow as a local nonprofit.
Throughout the month of December, we will be reflecting on some of our key activities from 2021. We will also highlighting how your end-of-year donations and ongoing support helps advance the work of ARCH.

Community Pop-Ups

Community Pop-Ups began during Reentry Week 2021 as service events hosted throughout the city. Because of the success during Reentry Week, the Central Ohio Restored Citizen’s Collaborative, ARCH, and other partners continued hosting Community Pop-Ups throughout the year. 

To help us continue offering direct services such as hygiene bags, clothing, and transportation to returning citizens, please consider donating this Holiday Season!


Reentry Week 

In April of this year, ARCH partnered with the Franklin County Commissioner’s Office of Justice and Policy Programs to coordinate and host Reentry Week 2021. What we originally conceived would be a handful of events bloomed into an entire week of workshops, community pop-ups, and special events spanning the length of the city. 

Check out a few of the sessions we hosted this year!

I AM Reentry - Hosted by: Mujeddid Mohammed of IMPACT Community Action; April Harden; Joey Green; Thell Robinson; Jaquita Sealey, Jai HookedPanelists will share their lived experience reentering and pursuing their dreams as entrepreneurs. Information will be available for starting a business, getting a minority business certification, loans and other assistance. The premiere of two mini-documentaries by the Laroy Creative Group will also be featured.

New Americans and Navigating the Criminal Justice System - Hosted by: Dr. Hanad DualeFounder, JustDiidz - In this session, we will be exploring how Columbus’s rapidly growing immigrant communities (collectively known as New Americans) are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities of their new homes with a special focus on criminal justice engagement from the perspective of former juvenile inmates, community leaders and parents.

I Am Here If You Need Me: Developing & Maintaining Healthy Relationships - Hosted by: Marcia White – Certified Peer Support Specialist Coordinator, Justice Policy & Programs and IMPACT Community Action - This session is designed to share the value of Developing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships, and how the ongoing support of Comprehensive Case Management and Peer Support makes all the difference in lifelong changes.

If enjoy or appreciate the work we're contributing to, please consider donating to help us continue to make these events happen!


ARCH Updates

Community Pop-Up | Wednesday, December 15 | 1pm - 3pm 

Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E Broad St.


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!


Additional Local Reentry Events and Updates


Resources Available Through Impact Community Action

Rental Assistance 

Rental assistance is still available for those in need. If you or someone you know needs help paying rent, please visit apply.impacthopefund.org today.

Utilities Assistance

As of November 1, 2021, the City of Columbus has begun shutting off utilities for non-payment. If you or someone you know is in need of help paying utilities, please consider applying for assistance the Columbus Cares Act Utility Bill Assistance Program. Click here to access the online application and apply today

Home Weatherization

Is your home ready for the upcoming winter weather? If it's not, give Impact Community Action a call at 614-252-2799 or stop by their office at 711 Southwood Avenue. 


Opportunity Port Assists Returning Citizens to Seal Criminal Convictions

Ohio allows some people to seal their criminal record. Depending on your offenses and outcomes, you may be eligible to apply for record sealing today! 

Opportunity Port users must be seeking to seal their criminal record from an arrest, dismissal, or conviction in Franklin County, Ohio. In addition, this website connects applicants with free assistance on criminal record sealing from attorneys. The intake form is designed to help determine your eligibility. By answering its questions honestly, we can better serve you. When you're ready to begin, click 'Get Started.'



Resources to Help Pay Rent and Stop Evictions

In Franklin County, there are lots of resources to help pay rent and stop evictions. But those tools can be confusing and hard to find. This website provides simple, reliable, and easy-to-access links to the Central Ohio programs that keep us safe at home. This website also dispels common myths, provides eviction info customized to Franklin County, and highlights some of the places you can go to get even more help.


Youth Over Us In, Franklin County YouthBuild Accepting Applications

Do you know a young adult between the ages 18-24 within Columbus, Ohio who is not working nor in-school?

Youth Over Us In, Franklin County YouthBuild is accepting applications TODAY! Call: 614-425-0238 or 614-312-1382


Our Region's Workers Need a New Civilian Climate Corps

A modernized Civilian Climate Corps is good for workers and the environment. We must make sure this vital program that will target the formerly incarcerated and those recovering from the opioid crisis is included in the Build Back Better agenda. 🌲👷‍♀️🧑‍🌾

Check out the video on a new Civilian Climate Corps below!