April is Reentry Awareness Month

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Reentry Awareness

Reentry Awareness Week 2019 is HERE!

Reentry Awareness Week is back! The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and our community partners are excited to celebrate with you by bringing you seven (yes, seven!) events between Monday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 27th.

This week will increase public awareness of the barriers individuals face when returning home from a period of incarceration and highlight ways the larger community can help people successfully reintegrate. In 2017, the County Executive and County Council dedicated the fourth week of April as Cuyahoga County Reentry Awareness Week to show its commitment to strengthening outcomes for individuals returning home from incarceration. During Reentry Awareness Week we will have workshops covering fair housing practices for people with criminal records, an employment fair, a Cash Mob Restaurant Tour, a legislative breakfast and more! We are even organizing a full-day small business workshop to help returning citizens jump start their entrepreneurial ideas by learning the legal requirements for starting a business, marketing practices, financial literacy and other useful tips. All events are up on our website: reentry.cuyahogacounty.us.

Reentry Week partners include Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the Cleveland Public Library, ECDI, Jump Start, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the 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 and The Word Church. The following events are being held during Reentry Awareness Week:

Monday, April 22, 2019
Media Day Kickoff and Legislative Breakfast – 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 
Panel Discussion on Research-Based Efforts in Reentry– 6 to 8 p.m.
Forest City Brewery, 2135 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, 44113 
Register here

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Facing Housing Discrimination w/ a Criminal Background – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Greenbridge Commons, 7515 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44103
(Free parking at Masjid Bilal, 7401 Euclid Ave, 44103) 
Register here

Cash Mob Restaurant Tour – 12 to 5 p.m.
RSVP Required – Call (216) 698-3437

Thursday, April 25, 2019 
How to Start a Business as a Returned Citizen? – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
1962 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland, 44106
Register here

Friday, April 26, 2019 
Third Annual Breaking Down Barriers Hiring Event – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No RSVP required
Oriana House Hough Center (The Old Salvation Army), 6000 Hough Ave., Cleveland, 44103

Saturday, April 27, 2019
The Intersection of Art and Bail Reform with Joe Sharp – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
50 Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
Register here

Questions? Call (216) 698-3437.

NOTE: This document was originally published by the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and has been reproduced here in its entirety. Slight edits were made to fit this format.

Updated: April 7, 2019 — 5:07 pm