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Our History

VOAN (Vincentian Ohio Action Network) was formed in 2014 to provide a vehicle for community organizing focused on addressing various root causes of poverty. VOAN develops the leadership of Ohioans experiencing poverty and marginalization so they can organize themselves and their communities for civic engagement, movement building, and coming to the table with policymakers on issues that directly impact their lives.   


VOAN is Doing Business As (DBA) ARCH (Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope). ARCH was formally launched in Winter 2017 with seed funding provided by The Catholic Foundation in order to advance economic and social justice for those impacted by incarceration.  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 groups such as All in Community, Central Ohio Restored Citizens' Collaborative, Ohio Means Jobs, and various interfaith and community-based reentry projects. ARCH is managed under the 501c3 of the Vincentian Ohio Action Network by the executive director, Wendy Tarr.

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