Dana Davis, Business Network Manager 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.

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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! 

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March 12 Reentry Events & Updates

We'd like to share some upcoming reentry events and developments with you!

Please look below to check out our spotlight on Dana Davis, ARCH Business Network Manager; Claiming Space - The Stories We Carry; A Conversation Between Girlfriends; and a save the date for upcoming Community Experience hosted by the Building Bridges Collaborative.

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February 22 Call for Volunteers

ARCH aims to assist local faith communities in becoming welcoming spaces that provide essential support services to returning citizens on their road to reintegration and healing.

We're looking for volunteers interested in making 5-10 calls a week from a predetermined list of congregations in order to reach more faith communities in Central Ohio and build a larger list of resources for returning citizens.

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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.

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'Tremendously Blessed' - Mark Merriweather Spotlight

Three decades. That was how much time Mark Merriweather spent behind bars. During that time, he had helped prepare many returning citizens to face their new world. When it was his time to come home to his family, he realized he needed help too.

“The world is a whole different place. And to prepare yourself to come into this world is impossible from inside of prison.”

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May ARCH and Reentry Updates

Prisons in Ohio have been and still are a consistent hotspot for COVID 19 cases. Over 80% of inmates at Marion Correctional Institution tested positive for COVID 19. As of May 6th 27 staff members and 14 youth tested positive at Franklin County's juvenile detention center in downtown Columbus. Statewide, 37 prison inmates have died from COVID-19. These rates are staggering. 

Ohio prisons are overcrowded. During a time when social distancing is the saving grace against the spread of a deadly disease, overcrowding is deeply concerning. Ohio is mass testing inmates as a response to the climbing infection rates and has made attempts to implement health and safety measures. Although this is a step in the right direction, the magnitude of the infection rate in overcrowded conditions is deeply problematic. 

Religious leaders continue to express their pastoral care and concern for corrections staff, inmates, and their families as well as for returning citizens as they reenter into society. As of one year with the Diocese of Columbus, Bishop Brennan has accompanied Catholic chaplains and volunteers and celebrated Mass for the inmates at several correctional institutions with plans to continue the outreach to other locations throughout the diocese.


 

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