As part of our Residential Reentry program, we offer a comprehensive range of services designed to help people who are transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. We provide these services in safe, supportive environments, so clients receive the guidance they need to navigate the challenges of finding employment and reconnecting with family members.
Our clients work, attend school and do community service, while participating in treatment and programs that help them rebuild their lives, strengthen their families and become contributing members of the community.
The benefits to the community are clear: Last year, Alvis clients worked and earned more than $2.5 million in wages, allowing them to pay child support, fines, restitution, rent, taxes, and otherwise positively contribute to their families and communities which proves that there is a powerful financial aspect to 180 Degree Impact, as well.
Residential Reentry Centers
So that we can provide our clients with the best chance of turning their lives around, we offer them the most comprehensive, residential support services.
Our Residential Reentry services include cognitive behavioral treatment using the Equip Program, and chemical dependency treatment, workforce development, case management, housing assistance and strong linkages to community services and resources. Together, they provide our clients with the support they need to transition back to their homes, their families and their communities.
It's an approach that has been incredibly effective. Studies show that 93% of those who completed the Alvis Residential Reentry program and were back in the community for at least one year did not return to the criminal justice system.
Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment
We find that people can't change their behavior without also changing their thinking. And for many, that includes addiction to alcohol and drugs. The Alvis Recovery Choices is a cognitive-behavioral treatment program with skills practice sessions that give our clients the tools they need to improve their decision-making skills, enhance coping abilities and build healthier drug- and alcohol-free lives.
The Recovery Choices program is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Our professional staff is appropriately licensed as well as experienced in providing treatment services designed to address the complex substance abuse treatment needs of individuals with criminal justice involvement.
Ours is a comprehensive program that begins with a thorough assessment, continues with in-depth substance abuse treatment services and the development of a personal relapse prevention plan. Aftercare is a critical part of this program, offering follow-up support and opportunities to put the concepts discussed during the program to practical use in each client's life.
For our clients, another key to keeping on track is having meaningful employment that provides a paycheck and a long-term career path. To help them achieve both and overcome barriers to financial stability, the Alvis Community Reentry Center provides job readiness training, skills training, case management, budgeting, GED classes, and related support services.
The workforce development training/H.I.R.E. (Help In Reentry Employment education) is designed to address barriers created by an individual’s criminal justice involvement. The H.I.R.E. education class covers a range of topics, including interview skills, resume writing and job retention, and serves as a support group for participants. Each client has a case manager who helps review career options and develops a plan to serve as the client's roadmap to success.
We also work with central Ohio employers to help find and train candidates for employment. Employers enjoy the benefits of being able to access a pool of potential employees who not only meet their specific needs, but also are pre-screened and drug tested.
The result? Individuals who may have never worked a regular job before are now in the workforce and area companies have more productive employees. Most important, these are employees who want to succeed and are thankful for the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute to their community.
Family & Children’s Programs
With one in every 25 Ohioans under criminal justice supervision, it isn't difficult to imagine the impact on families. Children are the invisible victims of the criminal justice system. And while people make mistakes, their children shouldn't have to pay the price.
Alvis is very proud to be a leader in providing family-focused programming designed to break the cycle of family trauma. Our Family & Children's Program strengthens families through educational classes and hands-on practice to improve parenting skills, enhance coping abilities and build healthier relationships.
In addition, family activities provide clients and their children the chance to spend time together in a healthy environment that encourages communication and strengthens family bonds. And after all, stronger families mean stronger, safer communities. Volunteer in the Family and Children's Program.
We believe that women who have become involved in human trafficking deserve an alternative to incarceration. So we've teamed up with Amethyst, Southeast and the Franklin County Municipal Court's CATCH Court to provide the CHAT Program (Changing Habits, Attitudes and Thoughts) for women.
CHAT is a unique, life-building residential program for women that provides safe and sober housing and holistic treatment services, including clinical treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues and trauma. Comprehensive support services including case management, life skills instruction and vocational services round out the program.
The program also helps women build relationships with family, partners and children who, in turn, become positive forces in their loved one's ability to change their lives for the better.
Alvis mentors provide encouragement, guidance and informal counseling as well as a structured support system to individual clients at Alvis. Within the structure of the program, our mentors and their Alvis mentees develop a trusting relationship has been proven to lead to better outcomes for the mentee, including more success in obtaining jobs, improved rates of job retention, and being less likely to recidivate. Volunteer as a mentor.
Transitional Education Program
Through the use of assisted videoconferencing, Alvis provides instruction in life skills, employment readiness, and establishing a support network to incarcerated individuals who are nearing their release date. Services are augmented by a virtual, systematic continuum that links clients to social services and case management services in communities throughout Ohio.