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Cuyahoga County Holds 2021 Virtual Reentry Awareness Week


Media Contact:
Mary Louise Madigan: (216) 698-2521, mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us
Katrice Williams: (216) 698-2326, katrice.williams@jfs.ohio.gov

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- The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and its community partners will hold their fourth annual Reentry Awareness Week virtually. The week will highlight the stories of returning citizens, social and legislative barriers affecting them and their families, and how community members can become involved to ensure better outcomes for individuals leaving incarceration. All virtual events will be held from Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30, 2021.

“As we commence the fourth year of Virtual Reentry Awareness Week, I would like to thank the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and its community partners for bringing attention to the needs of individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “As these individuals return home from incarceration it is both important to support their reentry and focus our attention on removing barriers that interfere with their success. The week’s events highlight those barriers and seek to celebrate all the hard-fought accomplishments of returning citizens, including the improvement of housing and employment options or the start of new businesses.”

“Over the last four years, the Office of Reentry has worked with the community and the Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition to make Reentry Awareness Week a successful venture,”
said Simeon Best, Interim Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry. “As the new interim director, I look forward to educating our community about the post-incarceration contributions of returning citizens and working with dozens of our community partners to hold virtual lunch and learn workshops, a virtual cash mob and an entrepreneurial bootcamp for individuals under supervised release.”

2021 Cuyahoga County Reentry Week events include:

Monday, April 26
Twitter Chat on Criminal Justice and Policy with @ACLUOhio
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27
Twitter Chat on Housing with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
You can participate in the Twitter Chat by using #CLEReentryWeek2021 and follow @LegalAidCLE to join the conversation!

Conversation About Fair Housing: The Chicago Way!
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Eric Sirota, Director of Housing Justice at The Shriver Center on Poverty Law, will discuss his organization’s effort to pass a Fair Chance Housing Ordinance in Cook County, IL, and a recent Illinois state statute to address housing inequity. To register for this event, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/ReentryWeek2021

Legal Aid at the Library: LIVE on Facebook – Record Sealing
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Cleveland Public Library are hosting a Facebook LIVE session on record sealing. Legal Aid attorneys and Cleveland Library staff will be in conversation with friends from the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office, and Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. To join the conversation click visit: https://fb.me/e/291TRhxPZ

Wednesday, April 28
Nonprofit Lunch and Learn Civic Engagement Training
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland VOTES, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Omega Chapter, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry are hosting a nonpartisan training for individuals interested in engaging community members civically. To participate in the training, you can register here.

Thursday, April 29
Ways to Build Wealth: Credit Building, Small Business Readiness & Real Estate Investing for Returning Citizens

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Closed Event
The Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), PCs for People, OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJCC), Brick House Realty, Oriana House, North Star Recovery Resource Center, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry are hosting a small business, real estate, and wealth-building seminar for a captive audience, who are under housing supervision.

Facebook Live – Virtual Cash Mob Interview Tour
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, ECDI, Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry, and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office are hosting a virtual cash mob on ECDI’s Facebook Live to feature live interviews with business owners who are returning citizens. Viewers can learn how to patronize their services or receive gift cards to share with family members and friends.

Friday, April 30
Resource Fair at North Star Reentry Resource Center
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Employment services, COVID-19 vaccine information and fresh food supplies will be available for returning citizens at the North Star Reentry Resource Center Fair on Friday, April 30. For more information about the fair, please email katrice.williams@jfs.ohio.gov or call (216) 881-5440.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry is a funder for direct services provided to returning citizens and a coordinating agency for reentry resources and services across the county. As a coordinating agency, the office is a convener and a collaborator with other program providers and public and private entities working with returning citizens.

Reentry Week partners include:

ACLU of Ohio; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Omega Chapter; Brick House Realty; Burten, Bell, Carr, Development, Inc.; The Center for Employment Opportunities; Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; Cleveland Public Library (Main Library); Cleveland VOTES; Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office; Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI); Eden, Inc.; Enterprise Community Partners; The Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research; Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Maximum Supportive Housing; Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH); OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County; PCs for People; The Shriver Center; Towards Employment; WOVU 95.9 BBC Community Radio; and The North Star Reentry Resource Center.

For more information about the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and 2021 Virtual Reentry Awareness Week, please visit www.reentry.cuyahogacounty.us.