Chris Harris has worked in corporate human resources at Cardinal Health since 2014. Prior to that he served in civil rights law enforcement with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission where he held various positions including investigator in the agency's special investigations unit. There he also also served on the OCSEA Union Executive Board, workplace culture and labor/management relations committee.
Chris previously served as mayor of Rendville, the smallest incorporated village in Ohio, where he oversaw planning of its annual Emancipation Day Celebration.
He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University Dayton School of Law and BA in public relations and advertising from Marietta College. He has served as a tutor for at-risk youth and volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and is a member of Greater Greater Ebenezer Cathedral of Praise in Columbus, OH. He and his wife Angel are members of United Way of Central Ohio's Key Club and Tocqueville Society. He is an aspiring writer in his spare time.
Caitlin began her career in reentry in 2008 at MCS-T.O.U.C.H., a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and wrap around services to adults returning from incarceration to Franklin County, OH. While working there, Caitlin earned her Bachelors of Social Work from Capital University in 2011 and a Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2012. She currently holds an LSW and is working toward a LISW. In 2015, Caitlin took a position as the Administrative Assistant to the Director at the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency where she assisted with grant applications, staff training in empathy, and escalated client calls. Caitlin left FCCSEA in July 2016 for her current position as a Reentry Support Specialist with the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security & Justice Programs. This position allows her to provide programming inside one of the county jails and connect individuals returning to Franklin County from incarceration with reentry specific services. Caitlin is passionate about serving justice involved individuals and their families to reduce the collateral consequences of incarceration.
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Having a parent who is incarcerated can leave children feeling alone & isolated. Once a month we mentor youth by planning various activities out in the community. The goal is for youth to know they are not alone and that they are supported and loved by caring adults.
A parents incarceration can be a traumatic event for a child making it difficult for them to process the transition emotionally. To make matters worse many prisons are located miles away from the child's place of residence making prison visitation difficult or non-existent. Unlocking Futures offers transportation to any Ohio prison facility.
Communication is a learned behavior. For some adults they lacked learning healthy communication skills and therefore, they were unable to pass those skill sets onto their children. Thus, when children who experience a traumatic event such as parental incarceration on top of lacking effective communication skills, it equals behavioral challenges for the child. Our Generational Leadership program was designed to teach youth healthy forms of communication, drug & alcohol prevention, as well as aid them in processing the trauma behind having an incarcerated parent.