Being able to obtain a living wage job can seem nearly impossible to a person who's been involved in the justice system and has other barriers to employment, like a lack of skills and gaps in their employment history. For clients who need support and skills training that provides room to grow, Alvis created Nature's Touch, a green landscaping and lawn care business.
End the stigma of addiction
Every 25 seconds someone is arrested for drug possession in the United States, yet our nation is currently in the midst of a record-breaking epidemic of opiate overdoses and fatalities. This should make it clear that we cannot punish the addiction out of someone. As a nation, we need to let go of why someone became an addict and stop looking at addiction as a character flaw if we are going to make progress in successfully treating addiction.
Breaking the Cycle
Alvis’ Family and Children Program works to heal families affected by a parent’s involvement in the criminal justice system. The program encourages the bond between mothers and children while serving as the first step in breaking the cycle. This month, Mariah, communications intern at Alvis, posed a few questions to the mothers and children in this program and their answers are truly inspiring. Check out the rest of the interview!
Alvis through the eyes of a volunteer
Here at Alvis, volunteers impact many lives. Each volunteer has his or her own story with diverse motivations and experiences that they share to create a 180 degree impact. Dick Wolf, 82, has volunteered with Alvis for over six years. Through his inspiring stories and personal growth along the way, read about the real difference he has made in the lives of others - and how you can, too.
You didn’t do the crime, but you’re still paying for the time
A felony is expensive and not just for the person who committed the crime. It's expensive to all of us. It costs about $25,000 a year to put a person in prison in Ohio, but significantly less to have a person complete their sentence in a community corrections program, like Alvis. Studies also show that Alvis programs are more than twice as effective in reducing recidivism when compared to national average recidivism rates, which saves taxpayers even more money and prevents future victimization.
Rev. Josephus Foster - An Alvis Success Story
Rev. Josephus Foster was an Alvis client back when the agency was a single house on the Near East Side of Columbus. After turning his life around, he was determined to help others and founded a nonprofit agency serving at-risk youth. Rev. Josephus and Clara Foster will celebrate 44 years of marriage in 2017 and they continue to work together to turn other lives around.