A Need Identified. A Response Delivered.
In 1967, there were only a handful of halfway houses in the country. The need for transitional services for people leaving prison was not something many people had ever thought about. And no one had thought about creating a program to meet this unique need. Fortunately, David Dunning, an Episcopal priest whose ministry included Bible Studies at the Ohio Penitentiary, not only thought about it – he made it happen.
Alvis would not be the comprehensive organization it is today without the vision and contributions made by Dunning and other founders. As a result of their initial efforts, Alvis set out on its mission to have a positive impact on individuals and families who have become involved in the criminal justice system, as well as for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Since 1967, Alvis has adapted to meet the evolving needs of our clients, their families and of our communities as a whole. But the guiding principle on which Alvis was founded remains unchanged. We have always believed that if given the proper support and tools to do so, people can and will turn their lives around.