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.


 Tuesday Talks Series with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

TOPIC :: USING YOUR VOICE: Pop Culture Prison Myths 

November 15,  6-7:30PM on Zoom

Even though there are many movies and TV shows that depict hope, change, and inspiration in US prison systems, those same movies and TV shows can be a source of misinformation. Join the Office of Reentry to tackle “Pop Culture Prison Myths” and see examples of how entertainment teach-es us inaccurate ideas about prison, and learn how ODRC actually operates. This will be a fun learning experience!

ADVANCED registration is required. Register here

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.

Questions about Tuesday Talks? Contact Darryl Graves at Darryl.Graves [at]

reLink Reentry Webinar: Programming Spotlight

November 15,  3PM on Zoom

Join us as Louis Fields from Builders: Rebuilding Our Families & Communities as we Rebuild Ourselves and Rick Williams from Truly Reaching You discuss their programs and other reentry efforts. 

Louis Fields will discuss ways that his program is allowing individuals to rebuild themselves through productive habits and mindsets. Rick Williams will discuss how Truly Reaching You provides the means for financial self-sufficiency through its programming.

The team will also demo our database and go over how we are making a positive impact in the reentry community.

Please reach out to our team at info [at] if you have any questions. 

ADVANCED registration is required. Register here

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
    • Ms. Reba Collins
    • Ms. Jami Nathan
    • Rev. Vaughn Cook
    • Rev. Debo Onabanjo
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
    • Ms. Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell
    • Dr. Roxanne Coey
    • Dr. Mike Davis
    • Mr. Darryl Graves
    • Ms. Jennifer Nail
  • Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
    • Director Kimberly Dent
  • University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute
    • Ms. Jennifer Scott
  • Ohio Association of Local Reentry Coalitions (OALRC)
    • Mr. Tom Luettke (Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition)
    • Ms. Jamie Gee (Montgomery County Office of Reentry)
    • Ms. Diane Bricker (Delaware County Office of Reentry)
    • Ms. Kysten Palmore (Depart. of  Youth Services)
    • Mr. Shawn Stover (Athens County Reentry Task Force)
    • Ms. Sandy Monfort (Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Country Reentry Coalition)
  • Central Ohio Restored Citizens Collaborative
    • Mr. Zach Ruppel
  • Hamilton County Office of Reentry
    • Ms. Trina Jackson
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    • Ms. Marcie Langendorfer
  • The Four Seven Prison Ministry
    • Ms. Kim Elliott
    • Mr. Joe Domiano
  • Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition
    • Mr. Jim Prager 
  • Vincentian OH Action Network & Accompanying Returning Citizens with HOPE
    • Ms. Wendy Tarr
    • Ms. Vanita Nevis
    • Ms. Dana Davis




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