Sharing the stories of women who've been incarcerated is fundamental to reducing stigma.
Love Your Neighbor Ohio is an ongoing initiative of Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope meant to educate the public about the extremely common realities of incarceration in Ohio, and in particular the unique challenges women face after being incarcerated. A percentage of this project will be given to the artists for their work. The remaining amount will be used to support women coming home from incarceration with their housing, transportation, clothing, and food needs.
Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope is a program designed to help meet the needs of individuals who have been incarcerated, also referred to as returning or restored citizens. We are making the world more welcoming to returning citizens by increasing the number of spaces that provide essential support services to returning citizens on their road to reintegration and healing.
Artists and artwork were photographed by Ralphoto Studio.
Wendy has spent 20 years building and leading nonprofit organizations that engage faith and community-based organizations to stand with directly and marginalized impacted people to improve conditions and systems. She founded ARCH to provide an avenue for faith-based partners to accompany individuals returning home from prison, and for returning citizens to advocate for changes in the justice system directly.
Business Network Manager
Dana is responsible for building a network of employers offering second chance employment. Dana helps employers find talented returning citizens who qualify for open positions; leverages new and existing partnerships to connect employers with resources, and counsels returning citizens directly in overcoming barriers as they return to the workplace.
Vanita coordinates with faith-based organizations to enhance their prison ministry and become involved in reentry programs. She provides administrative and "boots on the ground" support to those seeking assistance, connecting returning citizens and families with local resources. She is also the host of 'The Brown Couch with Vanita Nevis.'
Communications & Operations Manager
Sarah supports ARCH with our administration, communications, and program development. She came to ARCH through the Americorps VISTA program to help with ARCH's program development.