Building Bridges of Opportunity

Building Bridges of Opportunity serves to intentionally foster connection and collaboration between individual and organizations from public, plural and private sectors for the purposes of building healthier, more equitable and justice communities. Throughout the year, Building Bridges Planning Partners offer state-wide events. In these gatherings, we offer tools and resources for going back into local communities with new connections and potential collaborations. Each year, the Building Bridges planning team offers a unique opportunity to our communities to come together around issues of social and racial justice at their fall Community Experience.


Saturday Circles


Saturday,  August 28 , 10 - 11:30AM

Last year, another pandemic gripped our lives and communities. Unlike COVID-19, this pandemic is not new. It is historical and ever present. Only now, it is more explicit than ever before, and it is still causing untold harm. If you’re feeling bruised or battered from living with racism or want to become a better ally to end racial violence, this month's Saturday Circles offers you an understanding, safe, empathetic community. The goal of this Listening Circle is to create space for shared emotional connection about the impact of systemic racism. We aim to support individuals and help communities that have been harmed by exploring the collective experience together.This restorative space is for community members who are living with a loved one’s reentry or who want to become a better ally to friends and loved one who are. This Saturday Circle offers you an understanding, safe, empathetic community.

When participating in a Listening Circle, you have the responsibility to listen and an opportunity to be heard. This is not a space for debate. Together, we will hold space for sharing of our experiences, acknowledging our individual and collective suffering and finding strength to face the future in whatever way that comes.

Advanced Zoom registration required:

Questions? Contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] or download the PDF flyer on the Listening Circles schedule here

Every Second Saturday Series


Saturday,  August 14, 10AM-Noon 

Trauma seems to be all around us- in the news, in our communities, and in our churches. It is certainly part of justice-involvement. The Trauma Informed Ministry (TIM) series was created for ministry leaders- lay and clergy. Part 2 provides an understanding of developmental trauma, explains effects of trauma on the developing brain, provides best practices and interventions for working with young persons affected by trauma and information and opportunities to practice four coping strategies and grounding techniques to use when experiencing stress.  

Presenters: Kathy Kaufman (Gilboa UMC Restored Citizen) and Pastor Ruth Carter-Crist (Gilboa & Pandora UMCs)

Advanced Zoom registration required  

Questions? Contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] or download the PDF flyer for the Every Second Saturday Series here
Sponsored by the All In Community initiative of the West Ohio Conference, the Every Second Saturday Series provides free monthly discipleship and equipping environments for doing justice, loving kindness and humbly walking in the midst of justice-involved experiences.

Tuesday Talks Series with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

TOPIC: Domestic Violence & Reentry: Understanding Domestic Violence and Supporting Survivors

September 14th, 6-7:30PM on Zoom

Join us to learn about the scope and impact of domestic violence within the reentry population. Experts will share information on resources for survivors and their families, identify red flags to watch for and discuss how ODRC responds to domestic violence. This session will be a valuable opportunity for families, community members and local service providers to learn more about addressing this difficult and all too common societal issue.Child support orders don’t go away with a  parent’s incarceration. Understanding and managing child support orders appropriately during incarceration helps loving caregivers on the outside and sets up parents for better success when they return home.
Presentations by:
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
ODRC Office of Reentry
ODRC Office of Victim Services
Ohio Adult Parole Authority

Advanced Zoom registration is required:

A downloadable flyer is avaible here. Questions about registration? Contact Darryl Graves at Darryl.Graves [at]

Tuesday Talks provide family members of incarcerated adults, community members and local reentry stakeholders information regarding statewide initiatives designed to remove barriers to successful reentry and build bridges to better reintegration opportunities. Tuesday Talks occur every two months on Zoom on the second Tuesday from 6 - 7:30PM.

Want to keep abreast of upcoming Building Bridges of Opportunity events and gatherings? There are three ways to keep connected and foster collaboration between your fellow community members.

  1. Contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] to be added to our email list.
  2. Follow the Building Bridges Facebook page at:
  3. Check back here for upcoming events and gatherings.

Building Bridges Planning Partners

  • West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
    • Rev. David Meredith
    • Ms. Reba Collins,
    • Rev. Vaughn Cook
    • Rev. Debo Onabanjo
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
    • Dr. Mike Davis
    • Mr. Darryl Graves
    • Ms. Jennifer Nail
  • Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
    • Director Michele Reynolds
  • Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
    • Director Kimberly Dent
  • United Methodist Women
    • Ms. Jeanne Long
    • Ms. Beth Vanoli
  • University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute
    • Ms. Jennifer Scott
  • University of Cincinnati Dept. of Criminal Justice
    • Dr. Ben Feldmeyer
  • Franklin County Office of Justice Policy & Programs
  • Ohio Association of Local Reentry Coalitions (OALRC)
    • Mr. Tom Luettke
    • Ms. Jamie Gee
    • Ms. Diane Bricker
    • Ms. Kysten Palmore
    • Mr. Shawn Stover
    • Ms. Sandy Monfort
  • Ennis Tait Ministries/SBCOTLG
    • Rev. Ennis Tait
  • Hamilton County Office of Reentry
    • Ms. Trina Jackson
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    • Ms. Marcie Langendorfer
  • Sinclair Community College
    • Ms. Maya Murray
    • Ms. Cheryl Taylor
  • Ohio Justice and Policy Center
    • Ms. Alicia Miller
  • Business Technical Services
    • Mr. Jim Vickers
  • US Parole Southeast Ohio
    • Ms. Marquita Howard
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services
    • Mr. Donald Bean
    • Ms. Kysten Palmore
  • Montgomery County Office of Reentry
    • Ms. Jamie Gee
  • Vincentian OH Action Network & Accompanying Returning Citizens with HOPE
    • Ms. Wendy Tarr
    • Ms. Vanita Nevis
  • The Four Seven Ministries
    • Ms. Kim Elliott
    • Mr. Joe Domiano