We are stronger and more effective together. All In Community (AIC) strategically partners with groups and organizations that share a mutual vision of the future for all Ohioans and an approach to relational, restorative practices ministry.
ODRC Life Builders
Life Builders is the faith-based mentoring program offered by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. All In Community works with the ODRC Office of Reentry Faith-based Initiatives Coordinator to form mentoring teams within state correctional institutions within a common geographical area. AIC also uses Life Builders in reentry efforts to provide mentoring in-reach prior to a returning neighbor’s release. Life Builders meet one-on-one twice a month for six months with an inside mentee. At the end of six months, mentors and mentees may choose to continue the relationships as a reentry mentor-on-record.
To initiate a discussion about Life Builders, please contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org.
ODRC Office of Reentry
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (ODRC) Office of Reentry and All In Community partner based on co-location and co-mission. The Office of Reentry provides a reentry network of professionals that support local congregations and returning neighbors in their ministry context and links to online platforms that connect people with programs necessary for successful reentry and reintegration. AIC and the ODRC also partner to train and equip UM congregations to support their members and neighbors impacted by crime and incarceration.
For assistance with a reentry referral, contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org.
Relink.org is a statewide nonprofit organization that has created a free online resource tool designed to help those struggling in Ohio due to addiction, incarceration, and human trafficking have access to information about all the resources in their area. From crisis services and treatment or counseling, to ongoing support, basic needs, and employment, relink.org’s goal is to offer the full continuum of care, and it is used by ODRC staff for reentry planning in all Ohio state prisons. All In Community highly recommends pastors, ministry leaders, and community members use relink.org to access resources for themselves or someone they are serving.
Those who are interested in learning more about relink.org can reach out to their statewide coordinator, Bethany Friedrichsen at bfriedrichsen [at] relink.org or 216-762-0591.
Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS)
AIC and the Department of Youth Services partner in two ways. AIC’s HOPE Letters pilot groups mentor youth currently incarcerated in Circleville Detention Center. West Ohio Youth Groups provide “Travel Packs” to families using DYS’s Close to Home – a free transportation service for families to visit their incarcerated youth.
To initiate engagement with DYS, please contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos brings positive and negative resident leaders of the institution together for a 3½-day weekend, twice a year in each Ohio prison. Kairos “Prayer and Share” groups meet weekly to build the Christian community inside the institution. Monthly Kairos “Reunions” bring together inside and outside Kairos communities. UM servants support several Kairos Prison Ministry weekends.
To explore a Kairos engagement, contact the UM person listed here.
Horizon Prison Initiative
The Horizon Prison Initiative’s mission is to transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities. Horizon staff and UM volunteers work closely with inmates at London Correctional and the Ohio Reformatory for Women to help them live peacefully in community and explore faith development, character reformation, victim awareness, and trauma recovery. All In Community volunteers serve as outside brothers and sisters for the Horizon inside men and women.
To explore engagement with Horizon Prison Initiative, contact them directly at http://horizonprisoninitiative.org/contact/.
Within The West Ohio Conference, All In Community partners with local reentry coalitions, prison ministry programs, and other faith-based groups to provide a continuum of care during and after an incarceration experience.