Columbus nonprofit expands to provide addiction services, housing for previously incarcerated people

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) — A nonprofit that has served the Columbus area for 55 years is celebrating a $25 million expansion project.

Alvis, Inc. works with rehabilitated prisoners and those with mental health and substance use disorders. Under construction from September 2021, the new home will serve as his central service hub for people to get back on their feet.

Located on Alum Creek Drive south of Columbus, the facility will be able to serve more comprehensively those like Travis McDaniel who came to the organization after being released from incarceration in 2015.

“I don’t know where I’m going to sleep or what I’m going to eat,” McDaniel said. “Alvis relieves many of the necessities you need so you can catch your breath and reassess yourself.”

McDaniel said he traveled around the city to access various programs when he was receiving help from Alvis. Alvis president and CEO Denise Robinson says the new facility will change things by bringing substance use and mental health treatment and workforce development together in one place for her.

The expansion and renovation of Alm Creek in another building will increase the housing capacity from 280 to 350, Robinson said.

“All the men will move out of the existing building. Then we will renovate that part. Then the women will move into the place from the three old Victorian houses,” Robinson said.

Mayor Andrew Ginther said Columbus needs this resource and more.

“We have to do better. We have to make sure we give people a real chance to succeed,” says Ginther.

City, Franklin County, corporate and individual donors helped fund the project.

For more information on Alvis, Inc. programs, please visit their website Or call us at 614-252-8402.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an addiction or mental health crisis, there are resources available.

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 9-8-8
  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline: 614-221-5445
  • Samsha National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
  • Visit the SAMSHA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator here
  • Look up treatment options for substance use disorders by zip code here

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