Ohio Bans the Box

A message from the President & CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert On December 22, 2015, Governor John Kasich signed legislation that makes Ohio one of 20 states to ‘Ban the Box’ that asks about criminal backgrounds on job applications for public positions.  The legislation requires all public employers, including counties, townships, and

Restored Citizens Success Stories

Christopher Babbs came to COWIC in April 2014. A restored citizen (ex-offender), Babbs applied to and was selected to participate in Restoration Academy, a community partnership that helps ex-offenders gain self-sustaining employment. Babbs is a veteran and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He completed the 6-month, paid internship

Restoration Academy’s largest class says farewell to Mayor Coleman

This year’s Restoration Academy graduation marked new beginnings for the program’s participants, and farewell to the program’s most adamant supporter. The largest class of Restoration Academy graduates, 44 in total, crossed the stage at the King Arts Complex on Friday, September 25. Approaching his final term in office, Columbus Mayor

Restoration Academy luncheon honors participants

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman met with participants of the most recent Restoration Academy cohort for a luncheon held on Friday, May 22, 2015, along with stakeholders from the City of Columbus, community organizations and local employers who are dedicated to giving restored citizens a second chance. The Restoration Academy