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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND GATHERINGS


Saturday Circles


PANDEMIC IMPACT

Saturday,  January 23, 10 - 11:30AM

The Pandemic’s Impact. Familial Incarceration. Victimization. Reentry. If you’re feeling bruised and battered from any of these life experiences, a Listening Circle offers you an understanding, empathetic community for healing and rejuvenation. January’s Listening Circle creates space for shared emotional connection about the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Together, we will hold space for sharing of our experiences, acknowledging our suffering and finding strength to face the future in whatever way that comes.

Space is limited to 20 participants due to the confidential, intimate nature of the Listening Circle.

Advanced Zoom registration required: https://wocumc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqc-ivpz4uGNdQ8N2y82eJKecof6GwqdbJ

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

Every Second Saturday Series


CULTIVATING YOUR CALL TO JUSTICE-INVOLVED HEALING MINISTRY, PART 1

Saturday,  February 13, 10AM-Noon

Walking with justice-involved persons can happen by choice or by circumstance. This three-part series prepares you for both. Using a cultural competency developmental approach, this session helps us identify our own perspectives, blind spots and justice-centered worldview so that we can more effectively offer transformative relationships in justice-involved experiences. 

Presenters: All In Community Leadership Team Members 

Advanced Zoom registration requiredhttps://wocumc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvd-moqzIiGtesETATS6k3mOk8GZkjvNU3 

Questions? Contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org 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: TBD

March 9th @ 6-7:30PM

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? Contact Darryl Graves at Darryl.Graves [at] odrc.state.oh.us. Download PDF flyer 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] wocumc.org to be added to our email list.
  2. Follow the Building Bridges Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BuildingBridgesofOpportunity.
  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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