Celebrating the first EDGE Graduation
The first group of 25 men and women who graduated from the EDGE Program were honored last week. EDGE is an intensive, five-month program to help individuals with justice involvement overcome barriers to skilled employment opportunities. Columbus Mayor Ginther spoke to graduates, telling them, "EDGE allows for second chances. I believe that your hard work and dedication to this program will give you the second chance you need."

EDGE is provided with the support of the City of Columbus and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. The program started with a big kickoff luncheon in January attended by Mayor Ginther, other city and county officials, agency representatives, all the participants, program partners, and many others. Everyone was full of optimism and the economy was very strong.

Just a couple of months into the program, the coronavirus changed everything. In response, the EDGE staff pivoted into action and created a highly individualized program that tapped into technology for education and certification training. The outcomes were impressive:·Twenty-one of the 25 graduates are employed; 16 earned hard skills credentials; four are in a credentialing program; two earned their GEDs; and one just enrolled in online bachelor’s degree program. Alvis President and CEO Denise M. Robinson said, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish - and wow - what a finish you had! Congratulations!"

EDGE Graduates process into the ceremony.
Amanda, an EDGE Graduate, is a mother of three and is now pursuing her dream career of becoming an EMT.
A Big Thank You!
Thank you for your outpouring of support for Alvis' clients and for all the individuals across Central Ohio who will benefit from the incredibly generous donations to The Big Give. The Columbus Foundation reported raising a total of $32,588,660 in donations, nearly double what was raised during the last Big Give in 2017.

Thanks to you, our clients know that you care about them, no matter how challenging things seem right now. The nearly $90,000 donated to Alvis will help to support treatment for substance abuse & mental health disorders, workforce development services, wrap around services, and family treatment services. Thank you!
Alvis Staff Appreciation Day
Earlier this month, Alvis held a Staff Appreciation Day with activities in Columbus, Chillicothe, Lima and Toledo. More than 250 staff attended these events and had a wonderful time - check out a couple of their comments below. In conjunction with Staff Appreciation Day, Alvis placed banners at each program saying, “Thank you for being heroes and standing strong during COVID-19!” Do you want to be appreciated like this? Join the Alvis Team! Click here and learn about careers at Alvis.
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