Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with 50 years of experience providing highly effective reentry treatment programs for individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system. We also serve people with intellectual or developmental disabilities that face difficult challenges as they seek to live an independent life.
Our mission is to innovate and deliver evidence-based human service programs that empower those we serve to build successful, productive lives.
Alvis serves nearly 8,000 men, women, young adults and children in Ohio each year. Our programs indirectly impact tens of thousands more. We work to keep families together and make communities safer.
Our vision is of a future when communities believe that a person's potential is more important than their past.
180 Degree Impact.
What does that mean? Well, at Alvis, we give people the inspiration, the encouragement and the tools they need to turn their lives around 180 degrees. Because every treatment program, service and support system we provide has the same objective: To effect fundamental change – in individuals, in families and in entire communities.
That's Alvis. That's 180 Degree Impact.
Did you know?
- One in 25 Ohioans is under some form of correctional supervision. More than 96% of those in prison will be released and return to communities throughout the state.
- It costs more than $22,000 each year to keep an offender in prison. But it is 75% less expensive to treat that same person in an Alvis facility.
- One in every 28 children has a parent in jail or prison. These children are five times more likely to be expelled from school than other children and they are also more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system.
These statistics reveal a dire situation. To turn it around, Alvis provides a range of needs-based services and programs that have been proven to change lives.
What we do here costs less and accomplishes more.
We have grown tremendously since Dr. David Dunning, a priest at Trinity Episcopal Church, opened the first Alvis program on Columbus' Bryden Road in the 1960s. But one thing has remained constant throughout the years – our unwavering commitment to creating stronger communities and healthier lives.