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.
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The Brown Couch | Episode 6

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!

 

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The Brown Couch | Episode 5

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!

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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! 

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The Brown Couch | Episode 4

Episode four of the Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis is here!

Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - welcomes Tim Myers, returning citizen and allstar Citizen Circle volunteer to her couch.  Together, they talk about the evolution of the Citizen Circle in Franklin County and what it means to be a reentry volunteer.

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

 

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The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis | Mark Merriweather

Episode three of the Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis is truly special.

Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - welcomes Mark Merriweather, returning citizen and professional business plan writer, and his son, Mark Jr to her couch to talk about what it's like to be incarcerated together, and how they're striving to break familial cycles of imprisonment. Grab a few tissues and settle in for a compassionate and heartfelt conversation between father and son. 

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

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Tell Ohio Legislators 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 Reform, two companion bills recently introduced in Ohio, are an important part of ensuring the justice system is focused on both.
 
The current cash bail system releases defendants based on their financial resources and not the risk they pose to the community. Basically, if you don't have enough money, you can't get out despite the risk level of offense.
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Episode Two | The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis

Announcing Episode Two of the Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis!

Sit down with Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - as she welcomes industry professionals, returning citizens, and long-time friends to her home for a conversation on reentry.

This month's guest is Mujeddid Muhammad! Mujeddid is a Program Instructor at IMPACT Community Action, and a returning citizen.

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

 

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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!

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Announcing The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis!

Announcing: The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis!

Sit down with Vanita Nevis - Program Coordinator, ARCH - as she welcomes industry professionals, returning citizens, and long-time friends to her home for a conversation on reentry.

Her first guest is Weslee Pullen. Weslee has a long history in reentry, and is extremely knowledgeable in his field. Additionally, he is certified as a Mental Health Provider, a Chemical Dependency Counselor, and as a Peer Support Specialist Supervisor.

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

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