Today is National Ohio Day! Alvis began as a single halfway house in Columbus. We have since expanded to serve over 10,000 clients and 400 families on a daily basis. One thing that has endured throughout our existence is our strong tie to Ohio, and the rich community of support in this state. We would not be able to do what we do without our community behind us. Behind every Alvis program is a team of staff that are dedicated to making it happen. Also behind many of our programs are community partners committed to helping our mission of turning lives around by 180 Degrees become a reality.
Our journey coincided with developing needs in the state of Ohio. We were founded in 1967. In our second decade of existence, our decision to begin offering workforce development services was dictated by the growing needs in the community. Justice-involved individuals were in need of help transitioning back into the Ohio community by holding steady jobs and gaining a source of income to stabilize their reentry into society.
We also began to serve individuals with developmental disabilities during that decade, which was pioneering and progressive during a time when many did not provide adequate treatment or highly regard the independence of those with developmental disabilities. We responded to a growing population in our community that needed our help.
Then, we expanded to help women, children, families, and human trafficking survivors, as these populations consisted of community members in need.
Our programs like the EDGE (Empower Development by Gaining Employment) Program is a five-month program assisting justice-involved individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, which is formed from a partnership between Alvis, the City of Columbus, and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WBDCO). Our POWER Program, another community partnership between us, Franklin County Adult Probation, and Talbot Hall, addresses the ongoing opioid epidemic in the state, in which we have already helped hundreds of individuals recover and reconnect with their communities.
Our local partnerships enhance our programs by providing expert direction from leaders acquainted with our community. We proudly work with these partners to give our clients the benefit of having a caring community leading a #180DegreeImpact.
This includes partners such as the Reeb Avenue Center, a hub of hope on the South Side of Columbus, which provides job readiness classes and workforce development services. There is also The Zonta Club of Columbus, a service and advocacy organization whose mission is to empower women. Zonta helps with local service projects for our Amethyst program throughout the year.
And it would be impossible to forget M/I Homes, who run the Holiday Cheer Program for our moms and kids in our Family and Children’s Program. M/I Homes goes above and beyond for
the holidays—they gift families items for the holidays each season according to specific wish lists. They then deliver these to the clients and sponsor an annual holiday party.
Even our own President and CEO has strong ties and roots to Ohio—Denise M. Robinson did graduate from The Ohio State University, after all!
Today, we are especially thankful for our Ohio community, who helps our clients reach their fullest potential. Happy #NationalOhioDay!
Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at http://www.Alvis180.org.