HISTORY

1967-1970:

  • Franklin County Halfway House, Inc. is chartered and begins serving clients referred by the State of Ohio.
  • The agency is named Alvis House in honor of Ralph W. Alvis, a former warden of the Ohio Penitentiary who had recently died in an automobile accident.
  • Maurice Breslin becomes the agency’s first executive director.
  • Alvis House becomes a United Way member agency.

1971-1976:

  • Alvis House opens its second and third residential facilities in Columbus.
  • The agency begins serving clients referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  • Milton McAngus becomes executive director.

1977-1986:

  • Employment services division opens - staff provide assessment, job readiness training and job placement assistance targeted to meet the needs of individuals who have become involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Wittwer Hall - a highly specialized program providing treatment services for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral issues - opens.

1987-1996:

  • Alvis House begins serving female clients in residential treatment programs.
  • Robert Gloeckner becomes executive director.
  • Alvis House acquires Cope Center in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Alvis House celebrates 25th anniversary at Greek Orthodox Cathedral and honors the agency’s founding members: Irv Barkan, Dr. David Dunning, Ed Hammock, and John Holden.
  • The agency begins providing services to youth who have become involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Program services center opens - it has a computer learning center and additional space to provide cognitive behavioral therapy and substance abuse / mental health education and counseling for agency clients.

1997-2006:

  • Veterans Residential Program opens in Chillicothe, Ohio, on the grounds of the VA Medical Center.
  • Alvis House celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the Columbus Athletic Club and Dr. David Dunning, the founder of Alvis House, is the keynote speaker.
  • All residential correctional programs become accredited by the American Correctional Association.
  • The Alvis House Fund at the Columbus Foundation is founded and the Laura Stanley Gunnels Trust for the Benefit of Alvis House is established.
  • OhioLink Corrections and Treatment, Inc. Residential Treatment Center in Toledo, Ohio opens.
  • Alvis House is twice honored with the Clifford Skeen Award.
  • The Alum Creek Residential Treatment Center opens in Columbus.
  • Denise M. Robinson becomes President and CEO.
  • Holistic, family-focused reentry and treatment programs begin.

2007-Present:

  • Alvis House celebrates 40th Anniversary of “Opening Doors and Rebuilding Lives” at the Ohio Statehouse.
  • Denise M. Robinson is named to the YWCA’s Academy of Women of Achievement.
  • Community Connection for Ohio Offenders, which operates programs in Columbus and Lima, becomes division of Alvis House.
  • Alvis House Work Release Center opens in Columbus.
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