By: Katie Sobiech
So far we’ve discussed the gaps in the system and what doesn’t work in the area of reentry, but the question that arises now is what does work? And how can we encourage these ideas worth spreading?
The Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) and Oriana House have found a few things to be key in helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. This includes role playing, and taking the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) test, to determine their level of offense so that they can provide the best plan possible.
Their goal is to eliminate the faults in the system and work out the kinks that they’ve found throughout the years. This change may be exactly what the reentry world needs in order to reduce recidivism rates, and ultimately change our community. Continue reading
By: Theresa Attalla
For the past 30 years, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) has been bringing revitalization home to Summit County.
On Sept. 25th, EANDC broke ground on Robinson Homes East, a 27 single-family-home development. This will be central to the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will include housing rehabilitation efforts and vacant lot reuse.
“Since 1982, EANDC has worked successfully to strengthen the Akron-area by rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting property values and allowing residents to achieve the American dream,” said EANDC Executive Director, Grady Appleton.
“The Robinson Homes East is our latest effort to strengthen this community by adding new, high quality housing options.”
Written By: Broken Chains Ministry and Katie Sobiech
It’s been a while since we caught up with Broken Chains Ministry. So where have they been, and what have they been up to?
They have been working around the clock to create and sustain programs such as their Workforce Development Program and the Urbean Café, to drop recidivism rates of ex-offenders, providing them with opportunity, while making the city a safer place.
One of the greatest barriers faced by citizens returning from incarceration is unemployment. While the State of Ohio unemployment rate is currently about 9.5%, current estimates show that the unemployment rate for men and women in various stages of reentry is an astronomical 25%-40%.
As a result of this statistic, Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) is committed to being an advocate for changes that help reverse this statistic in our region by being part of the solution. Their Workforce Development Program (WDP) allows them the opportunity to create a self-sustaining business model specifically for the purpose of training former offenders to reenter the workplace.
Step number one is to give them a job.
By: Katie Sobiech
Though the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) fights for a variety of concerns, one big issue they are focusing on now is the Medical Marijuana Movement.
“There’s a lot going on. We monitor what’s happening with the legalization of marijuana, and there are a number of states that have some type of legalized marijuana law on the books,” Darryl Brake, Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership, said.
So far marijuana has been legalized in 21 states, with more pending… (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org)
So, how has this been working? Brake says,
“It’s a nightmare for those states that have done that. The reality is it’s a nightmare. Many of the states that passed the law wish they never did, but they opened Pandora’s Box and they’re trying to control it.”
By: Katie Sobiech
When hearing the words “drug abuse,” prescription drugs may not be one of the first things that come to mind, but the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) is aware that prescription drug abuse is a large and growing issue.
“We know that one of the fastest growing groups of addicted people are those who are using prescription drugs not prescribed for themselves in many cases,” Darryl Brake, Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership, said.
Research has shown that many individuals with the problem are abusing left-over pills from prescriptions for themselves or from friends or family.
“When we get prescription drugs, a lot of times they’re not used up and we’re healthy again. But some think it’s a good idea to hang onto those in case they have the problem again. The drug is then available. The problem with that is that those that are addicted to prescription drugs get them a number of different ways. One of which is from family and friends, either by asking for them or stealing them,” Brake explained.