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Cuyahoga County Reentry Awareness Week highlights the ways the Office of Reentry and our community partners support successful reentry.

We are working collectively to address policy barriers that perpetuate re-involvement with the criminal justice system. We have coordinated events as part of Cuyahoga County Reentry Awareness Week to raise consciousness around the barriers facing returning citizens, provide substantive information regarding resources and program linkage, and elevating and uplifting the success of returning citizens who have accelerated the path of a successful return.


Reentry Week Events:

Monday, April 22nd

Media Day Kickoff and Legislative Breakfast – The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry is hosting a breakfast with local and state elected leaders to discuss legislation impacting returning citizens. This non-partisan gathering will focus on past and current efforts to remove barriers for returning citizens and the next legislative steps to create a more inclusive future for individuals returning to Cuyahoga County. Speakers also include formerly incarcerated individuals who will share their personal stories of reintegration.
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Location: Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, 1201 E. 55th St., Cleveland, 44103 Media and invited guests only.

Tuesday, April 23rd

A Panel Discussion on Research-Based Efforts in Reentry – Enterprise Community Partners is holding a moderated panel on current research efforts related to reentry at Forest City Brewery. Panelist Dr. David Hussey will discuss reentry research within an academic and university setting and touch on his own research related to improving individuals’ post-incarceration connectivity to mental health services. Mr. Damian Calvert will share his personal experiences during incarceration and his research to reduce individuals’ involvement in violent gangs after incarceration. Other panelists include Bethia Burke, from The Fund for our Economic Future, and Dr. Phil Metres, Professor of English at John Carroll University, as the moderator.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Forest City Brewery, 2135 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH, 44113
Register Here

Wednesday, April 24th

Facing Housing Discrimination with a Criminal Background – The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland are hosting a full-day training and luncheon event to help individuals with criminal backgrounds deal with housing discrimination. This workshop is designed for residents, advocates and community agency workers working with people who are experiencing barriers to housing due to criminal background screenings. Participants will learn how to appeal denials of clients’ subsidized housing applications based upon clients’ criminal background and use fair housing law to improve client outcomes and access to housing.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Application for CEU’s pending.)
Location: Greenbridge Commons, 7515 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44103
(Free Parking at Masjid Bilal of Cleveland, 7401 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44103.) RSVP required.
Register Here

Reentry Restaurant Bus Tour – The Office of Reentry in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute is hosting a reentry restaurant tour. Tour participants will come together to taste and purchase local cuisine from businesses owned and operated by returning citizens. Patrons will typically spend $20-$50 at each restaurant. By participating in the bus tour, customers are helping to raise the profile of each restaurant, share their experiences with other community residents who can become perpetual customers and bond with business owners who are typically rejected for their past.
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (30 minutes per stop)
Location: Start and End at Swerve Bar and Grill, 20126 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Attendees must register in advance. Call (216) 698-2326 to RSVP.

Thursday, April 25th

“How to Start a Business as a Restored Citizen” – The Office of Reentry, the Cleveland Public Library, Jump Start, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, ECDI and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland are sponsoring a full-day small business workshop for returning citizens looking to start or expand their businesses. The workshop will include strategic business planning, marketing strategy and development, financial literacy and legal steps for starting a new business.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106
Space is available for 80 registrants.
Register Here

Friday, April 26th

Third Annual Breaking Down Barriers Hiring Event – Cuyahoga Community College, the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System, North Star Recovery Resource Center, West Side Catholic Center, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, Catholic Charities, Ohio Means Job, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry are planning an employment and resource fair for individuals with barriers to employment. Champion employers will offer on-site interviews and community resources will have information on record sealing, the work opportunity tax credit, federal bonding and employment training programs. Call 216-881-5440 for more information.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Oriana House Hough Center, 6000 Hough Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103
No RSVP required.

Saturday, April 27th

ACLU 100 Experience – Bail & Art Talk with Joe Sharp. The ACLU will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary during the last full week of April. As part of this celebration, there will be an art exhibition at 50 Public Square showcasing the artwork of Joe Sharp, a formerly incarcerated person who depicts issues regarding bail and the criminal justice system. The event will be held in the evening and all are invited to attend.
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 50 Public Square, Cleveland, OH, 44113
Register Here

Reentry Week Partners Include:
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Cleveland Public Library
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System
Cuyahoga Community College Veterans Initiative
Forest City Brewery
Greenbridge Commons
Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute
Towards Employment
The North Star Reentry Resource Center
Enterprise Community Partners
The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland
The Word Church