WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate floor to recognize the 50th anniversary of Alvis in Columbus, a nonprofit human services agency that provides highly effective reentry treatment programs for individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system. Since its opening in 1967, Alvis has grown from a single 15-bed home helping 60 men a year to an organization with 13 locations throughout Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton, Lima, and Toledo that serves more than 8,000 people annually. Said Portman in his speech, Alvis has “helped provide support and hope to thousands of individuals who are returning to their communities after having spent time in the criminal justice system, as well as offering recovery and developmental disability services that encourage health, growth, and independent citizenship.”

Transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.

“Today, I am proud to stand here for a recognition, and that’s a 50th year anniversary for a great organization in Ohio: Alvis, it’s in Columbus, Ohio, formerly known as Alvis House. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio with a broad mission of helping people in the community through human resource programs to promote prosperous lives with a focus on an individual’s potential and not their past. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Alvis as they have become a model for reentry programs, also for treatment service programs, with a focus on meeting individual goals, a customized approach, building a successful future and implementing fundamental change for families and our communities. 

“Since its opening in 1967, Alvis has grown from a single 15-bed home helping 60 men a year to an organization with 13 locations throughout Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton, Lima and Toledo that now serves more than 8,000 people annually. This agency has helped provide support and hope to thousands of individuals who are returning to their communities after having spent time in the criminal justice system, as well as offering recovery and developmental disability services that encourage health, growth, and independent citizenship. 

“Alvis has been the recipient of federal grants from the Second Chance Act for their work in reentry. As the author of the Second Chance Act when I was in the House of Representatives, I have had the opportunity and the privilege to go to Alvis facilities and see firsthand the good work that’s being done using that legislation. I’m proud to have worked with my friend and the current president and CEO of Alvis, Denise Robinson, to assist Alvis as it delivers reentry services to Ohioans to turn their lives around so that people can indeed fulfill their God-given potential in life, and they’ve had a lot of successes. 

“Alvis recently opened its 14th location, the Alvis Pages Recovery & Treatment Center in April of this year on the south side of Columbus to help provide access to treatment and recovery. Alvis continues to lead its mission to turn lives around 180 degrees. In my work with regard to the opioid crisis in Ohio, we look to this treatment center and look to their model they provide other treatment centers to turn those lives around. 

“I’m confident that Alvis will continue these next 50 years to offer these same comprehensive services for overcoming the challenges of transitioning out of the correctional system, treating substance-abuse and mental health and trauma, and promoting independence and accountability for those with developmental disabilities. I applaud the outstanding commitment of Alvis, its staff, and all those who have been involved in reaching this milestone and making these first 50 years a success in the lives of so many.”

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