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 :: BOUNDARIES, RED FLAGS, & GREEN FLAGS: What is a Healthy Relationship? 

March 14,  10-11:30AM on Zoom (NOTE: This is a new time.)

Whether you are returning to the community from incarceration or navigating the dating scene, relationships can be tricky. Join us to learn about what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in a partner, and how to identify behavior that might mean there’s a problem. There will be helpful and interesting information for everyone, including how to get help if you need it.

ADVANCED registration is required. Register here. Share this flyer with your co-laborers.

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]

ODRC Women's Virtual Series


March 22,  8:30AM on Microsoft Teams

Presented by: Marianne Pohlmann, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Help Me Grow.

Series Premise: Bringing vital information directly to incarcerated women and the professionals who serve them. Incarcerated adults from ODRC womens' facilities will be online alongside community partners to learn about this important topic. 

ADVANCED notice of attendance is required. For an MS invite email 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 Bill Picha at wpicha [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
    • 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
  • 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



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