October Reentry Updates & Events

There are some exciting opportunities to get involved coming up this month. Among them include a Community Pop-Up happening tomorrow, October 7th; Abolition Week starting tomorrow and going till the 17th; the Building Bridges Community Experience | Everybody In! from October 14 - 16; and lastly Don’t Go Home Without It! The Importance of Identity and Identity Documents on October 25 & October 27. 

Look below for more details! 


ARCH Updates


Community Pop-Up | Thursday, October 7 | Church For All People

Do you need assistance with getting birth certificates or ID vouchers? Do you know someone who needs help signing up for FCDJFS - Public Assistance Benefits?There will be a Community Pop-Up on October 7th at Church For All People - Connection Center (911 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206) from 11 am - 2 pm.

Services provided at the Community Pop-Up include:

  • Birth certificates and ID vouchers

  • BMV amnesty, FCDJFS - Public Assistance Benefits, Primary One/Medicaid

  • Making medical & COVID appointments

  • Hygiene bags

  • Employment & Education Connections




Additional Local Reentry Events and Updates

Abolition Week Schedule | October 8 - October 17Abolish the Death Penalty- Official RAC Ohio Campaign Launch | October 7, 8 pm - Join Ohio’s Reform Jewish congregations as we kick off our Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. Learn about what Judaism has to say about this issue, hear from those directly impacted, and find out the next steps to take action to abolish the death penalty in the Buckeye State. Featured Speakers: Ricky Jackson, Ohio Death Row Exoneree & Dr. Donna Mayerson, Psychologist. Open to all, register here  
The Death Penalty in Ohio: A Moral Question | October 11, 7 pm - A panel discussion sponsored by The Hunger Network featuring Jonathan Mann and Melinda Dawson, co-victims, and Rep. Adam Miller (D), sponsor of H.B. 183. Open to all, register here.    
Cincinnati Interfaith Vigil to End the Death Penalty | October 12, 5:45 pm | 3814 Ledgewood Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45207 - People of faith across the city will join together in prayer to call for an end to the death penalty. The Cincinnati Interfaith Vigil to End the Death Penalty will be held outside, near Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, in the North Yard Stage. Parking is available in the Cintas Lot. Please wear a mask. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Offices of Catholic Social Action and Respect Life, Bellarmine Chapel, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University, and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center.  
Justice Gone Wrong | October 13, 6 pm -  Can you imagine being sentenced to death for a crime you didn’t commit? 186 people nationwide know what that feels like and the number continues to grow. Join us for a powerful conversation with Phillip Morris, the author of the National Geographic article, “Sentenced to Death but Innocent”. Co-sponsored by Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Open to all, register here.   
Virtual Prayer Vigil | October 13, 7 pm - Vigil participants will join in prayer for life-affirming alternatives to capital punishment and learn about the ways that Catholic Ohioans can take action to support death penalty repeal efforts in the Buckeye State. Sponsored by the Catholic Mobilizing Network. Open to all, register here.


Building Bridges Community Experience | Everybody In! | October 14 - 16
The Building Bridges Community Experience is designed for you to connect with one new person and learn one new thing so that you can do one new action for better reentry community outcomes. The registration deadline is October 8th. If you haven't registered yet, you can do so here. See below for a sample of the workshops being offered!
This multi-day online event will have over 100 presenters who are national, regional and local experts -- including a significant number of formerly incarcerated leaders, staff and board members of ARCH! The event will include over 30 Building Bridges Breakouts, Lunch, and Learns on a number of intensives. 
Here are a few of the many workshops that will be offered:  Myths & Opportunities in Employment
Second chance employer and restored citizen Mr. Troy Parker unpacks the myths of second chance employment that are holding us back from seizing the new opportunities for generating more supportive employment for returning neighbors.
Restored Citizen Entrepreneurs Roundtable
Find your next big venture here with some of the most creative business owners who turned their second chance into second chances for others. Everybody wins when restored citizens become business entrepreneurs.
Emerging Opportunities and Challenges for Mid-size Community Reentry Employment
Opportunities for livable wage employment and economic stability in smaller communities are often harder to come by. In this session, our boots-on-the-ground employment placement experts share their insights on emerging challenges and opportunities in helping returning citizens obtain gainful employment. They, also, provide pointers on leveraging resources and relationships during this season of economic recovery to create more opportunities.
Public-Private Partnerships for Employment Opportunities
Join two regional reentry employment practitioners for a discussion about the importance of public-private partnerships in creating employment opportunities. They will discuss the importance of leveraging county resources to support second chance employers and the challenges and opportunities community members to leverage public and private contributions for job growth.