Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Growing Choices Reentry Program for Women

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): OH

Jurisdiction(s): Franklin County, Ohio

Grantee Agency: Alvis, Inc.

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2013/52600; FY 2014/52600; FY 2015/52600

About the Program:

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency in Columbus, Ohio with 50 years of experience providing effective reentry treatment programs for individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system. The agency works with anyone who has a history with the justice system, regardless of how much time has passed since their incident.

Alvis also works with the developmentally disabled population and overall, their programming serves nearly 8,000 mean, women, young adults, and children each year.

The Growing Choices program at Alvis, designed specifically for women, empowers participants to make better decisions and become self-sufficient. Serving women in residential reentry centers in Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton, and Toledo, the program helps these women to enhance their coping and decision-making skills. The multidimensional therapeutic approaches offered through the program deal with specific women's issues, including drug dependency, domestic violence, sexual abuse, pregnancy and parenting, relationships, and gender bias.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance first began supporting the Growing Choices program through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant in 2009. The program later received funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

One example of the positive impact made by Growing Choices comes from a transitional control client within the program.

As a transitional control client, this 32-year-old woman was finishing out her prison sentence in a halfway house setting, but was still considered an inmate. She had already participated in the Growing Choices program once before, as a county probation client, but left early. After being sent to prison on forgery charges, she returned to the program.

During her second placement with the Growing Choices program, she successfully completed all of the required programming and remained sober. Later, she was able to find and maintain employment, she established a savings, and with little assistance from family, she obtained an apartment for the first time in her adult life.

This woman was seen as a positive role model to peers and received numerous “star cards” that recognized her pro-social behaviors. She is now proud to be living independently and in a healthy relationship with a significant other who is extremely supportive of her recovery.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Kristin Prochaska
Regional Director
Alvis, Inc.
Email: kristin.prochaska@alvis180.org
Phone: 614-252-1788 x 712

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