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 :: REENTRY AND EMPLOYMENT, Beyond Expungement: Why the CQE is Key

July 12,  6-7:30PM on Zoom


Join ODRC's Office of Reentry and Joann Sahl from the University of Akron to learn about the Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE).  The CQE can remove significant barriers to employment and open doors you may have through closed!  Learn what the CQE does, how to apply and why ODRC is encouraging CQEs at every opportunity!


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]


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,
    • 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
  • Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
    • Director Michele Reynolds
  • 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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