Congratulations Denise M. Robinson
Alvis' President and CEO, Denise M. Robinson, was elected to become the President-Elect of the American Correctional Association (ACA). She becomes the first person from the field of community corrections and human services to reach this pinnacle. Robinson currently serves as Treasurer of ACA and will take on her new role in February 2021. You can still visit Denise's campaign website and learn more about Alvis' dynamic leader, her multifaceted accomplishments, and her passion for turning lives around.
Volunteers send unique holiday cheer
Volunteers from around the globe are sending joy and best wishes to the clients in Alvis programs. It's heartwarming to see so many volunteers ensuring that our clients know they are not alone during this especially challenging holiday season. Thank you!

Alvis offers many ways to get involved, including remote opportunities. To learn more, contact James at volunteer@alvis180.org.
Click to watch holiday wishes from Bali - one of many videos sent to uplift and provide holiday cheer to Alvis clients.
Volunteers created a variety of beautiful handmade holiday cards, so clients had something special to send to their families and friends.
Click to watch several of the holiday carols sent to Alvis clients from volunteers all over the world.
Remembering a dedicated servant of Alvis
Jennifer Estey, a long-time member of the Alvis Board of Trustees, passed away peacefully at age 53, after a long illness. We met Jennifer when the Amethyst program became a part of Alvis. She worked tirelessly to champion recovery programs and services for women and children. Recently, Jennifer was recognized by Columbus City Council for her commitment to Alvis. In her honor, the Purple Heart Award, given to a person/couple/company annually for their contributions and volunteerism in the community, has been renamed the Jennifer Estey Purple Heart Award. We remain forever grateful for her service.
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Family donations are making a difference
The coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible, isolating impact on individuals who are seeking treatment for addiction or who are in early recovery. Each year, the holidays add even more stress and anxiety, often leading to relapses and overdoses. Throughout Alvis programs, we are working very hard to address these needs and support our clients as they learn a new way of life while also coping with a pandemic during one of the most stressful times of year.
 
Amethyst, an Alvis recovery program, is designed to meet the needs of women in treatment for addiction and trauma. To overcome isolation, it surrounds women with a community of recovery and support. It also provides prevention and treatment services for their children.
 
Across Alvis, the pandemic has both increased the need for treatment services and increased the cost of providing these services. The Smith Family learned of these needs from their son Campbell, who works at CleanTurn. There, he had the opportunity to work alongside several women who had benefited from the Amethyst program. He talked so much about the great work being done at Amethyst that his whole family decided to make a generous contribution to the Amethyst Family and Children's Program. They didn't stop there. The Smith's also adopted a family for Christmas through our Holiday Wishes program and looks forward to getting even more involved in 2021.
 
We are simply overwhelmed by the kindness and giving spirit of Ivan, Juila, Campbell and Eleanor Smith. We are also very grateful to all the wonderful and committed donors whose contributions are ensuring that Alvis is able to keep turning lives around, regardless of the pandemic or other challenges in our clients' lives. Will you help, too? 
Thank you to our 2020 Community Partners
Alvis Beacon e-news December 2020
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