Category Archives: Re-entry

Happy 20th Anniversary, Love Akron!

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Robert DeJournett, Director of Community Relations & Diversity, Summa Health Systems and Chairman of the Board for the Love Akron Network, welcomed the nearly 700 people at the 3rd Annual Love Akron Awards breakfast Sept. 30. The event, held at the John S. Knight center, brought together a mix of businessmen and women, nonprofit organizations, ministry leaders and local philanthropic groups, as well as political leaders.

“The theme for this morning is simply, Servant Hearts. These two words capture the essence of Love Akron’s mission,” said The Rev. Dennis Butts, Associate Pastor at The House of the Lord.

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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Eight)

By: Katie Sobiech

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As we conclude this series on the world of re-entry we share the great news that recidivism is dropping in Summit County and the numbers are showing improvement through the efforts of the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN), Oriana House and others.

The SCRN is proud to say that they are changing the county and state of Ohio for the better, and reaching new goals every day.
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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Seven)

By: Katie Sobiech

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What is so great about Summit County is the fact that there are so many caring and giving hearts, willing to reach out to those who need a “hand up” in society.

But with that comes a slew of well-meaning but often misled groups, who can actually end up doing more harm than good.

Some of these groups include faith-based missions, which the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) hopes to reach and teach.

Some in the faith community feel it is their calling to reach out to those in prison, and genuinely want to help returning citizens. But it is lack of knowledge in this area that often sets them back. This is what the SCRN and Oriana House hope to change through education.

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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Six)

By: Katie Sobiech

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The Reentry Program in Summit County continues to grow and improve, according to Bernie Rochfield, executive vice president of Oriana House.

Rochfield, involved in reentry work for the past 30 years, has witnessed first-hand how things have progressed.

“Things have grown so much, even in just the last 2 ½ -3 years,” Terry Tribe Johnson, Summit County Reentry Coordinator, agreed.

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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Five)

By: Katie Sobiech

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Now that we’ve discussed what works, what doesn’t, and the waves of change that are beginning to crash in on the reentry world in Summit County, it’s time to address a huge barrier. This wall has barricaded ex-felons in, giving them hardly any other options but to go back to their criminal lifestyles over the years.
This barrier is employment.
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