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,  April 24, 10 - 11:30AM

If you’ve been the victim of a crime or experienced criminal harm for yourself, in your family, or in youra community, 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. We aim to support individuals that have been harmed by listening without judgement, questioning, or shame. We support your truth and agency to determine your own path to healing.

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.

Space is limited to 30 participants due to the intimate nature of the Listening Circle.

Advanced Zoom registration required:
Questions? Contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] or download the PDF flyer on the Listening Circles schedule here

BUILDING BRIDGES of Opportunity Community Conversations


Wednesday, April 28th @ 11:30AM - 12:30PM

You may have heard of reentry and reentry services. Maybe even reentry coalitions. But do you know what reentry court is and how it can positively impact your community?

The Ohio Association of Local Reentry Coalitions invite you to learn about the The Transformational Impact of Reentry Courts. Two Ohio Reentry Court practitioners, Judge Timothy Kuhlman of Toledo Municipal Court and Judge Nancy Margaret Russo of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, share insights into the unique role of reentry courts in redemption, transformation and forgiveness for those returning to our communities.

In addition, we will also hear from past reentry court participants about the impact of participating in reentry court had on their lives.

Questions? Contact Darryl Graves at //darryl.graves [at]">darryl.graves [at]

Advanced Zoom registration required:

Every Second Saturday Series


Saturday,  May 8, 10AM-Noon 

This session introduces participants to the Healing Communities framework. Healing Communities is a restorative justice approach for ministry with incarcerated men and women, their families, and the larger community. This national training model helps congregations, through mobilization of their existing resources, to walk with persons through this lived experiences of incarceration. 

Presenters:  James Clay (Restored Citizen) and Jami Nathan from the All In Community Leadership Team 

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: Making Sense of Community Supervision

May 11, 6-7:30PM on Zoom

Transitional Control, Treatment Transfer and Post Release Control…Say What?

Understanding the differences between Transitional Control (TC), Treatment Transfer (TT) and Post Release Control (PRC) makes a difference in how you can best support a return home. Join ODRC’s community supervision specialists as they unpack the details of each type of community supervision, including:

  • the transition process from prison to the community;
  • supports available along the way;
  • do’s and don’ts for loved ones and allies; and
  • ultimately, how best to guide your loved one through the experience.

In this session, you will engage with a regional administrator for Adult Parole Authority, a Bureau of Community Sanctions representative, and boots-in-the-community parole supervisors. If you have a family member incarcerated, this session will provide you takeaways that will help you help them.

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.

Advanced Zoom registration is required.

Questions about registration? Contact Darryl Graves at Darryl.Graves [at]

From Lived Experience to Leaders Live Video Chat


Thursday, April 15th , Noon on Zoom

Jesus developed leaders rejected by the world to change the world.... So can we.
In faith-based ministry, how often do we pay attention to developing leaders within the ranks of those we serve? When we embrace leadership development as a form of discipleship, it leads to transformation.

Join us for this discussion with individuals who have overcome harmful and hurtful life experiences and are now leading others through a journey of transformation. We will be discussing the nature of leadership and how to recognize a person's potential to lead and steward that potential well.

Guest: Dr. Patrice Palmer, Franklin County Office of Justice Policies & Programs

Advanced Zoom registration is required:

Hosted by All In Community of the West Ohio Conference. 

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




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