National Re-Entry Week & The Cash Mob Business Tour

April 23rd – 27th is Cuyahoga County Office of Re-entry’s inaugural Re-entry Week Celebration. There will be an event on each day of that week in support of those with criminal backgrounds.

On Tuesday, April 24th, the Office & other great community partners will be hosting a Cash Mob: A bus full of people ready to spend that will be brought around to businesses owned by returnees and/or business that support the work of returnees. During re-entry week each business on our tour will be asked to offer a discounted item to individuals who are supporting re-entry week. This could be a discounted menu, clothing, service or beauty product.

With approximately 3500 individuals returning home to our community each year we have decided to set our sights on raising $3500 on this day. Our intention is to have that amount spent collectively by our guests to businesses that support and participate in re-entry. We will be visiting businesses that support re-entry through Beauty, Food, Clothing, and Services. We will stop at each business where guests will have the opportunity to make purchases at each establishment, as well as a few moments to enjoy a small token of appreciation from each location. This token of appreciation can come in many forms including but not limited to samples, handouts of upcoming events, brief demos, or a small trinket.

The trip begins at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM), located at 4515 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH, at 1:45pm where guests can park their vehicles and board the bus. Space is limited. This token of appreciation can come in many forms including but not limited to samples, handouts of upcoming events, brief demos, or a small trinket. The tour will end at 6pm at LMM where our guests can depart with their purchases and swag in hand.

Here’s the full list of events for the week

Monday, April 23rd
Public Safety Dialogue
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Jerry Sue Thornton Center (Ford Room)
2500 E 22nd St, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Leadership Center’s Stokes Fellows, in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College, hosts the Carl B. Stokes Battling Mass Incarceration: A Community Conversation about the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment
*Free and open to public, registration required at
3955 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44115 | 216-881-5554 |

Tuesday, April 24th
Cash Mob Bus Tour
Time: 1:45pm-6:00pm (15 Minutes per Stop)
Location: Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
4515 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH
The Office of Reentry in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute hosts a CASH MOB! Cash mob participants will help support local businesses owned and operated by returnees. Guests will be given discounts, and passport stamping. Bus participants who patronize each location will be entered a drawing to win a gift card from Edwins
Leadership & Restaurant Institute.

Wednesday, April 25th
“Opening Doors, Rebuilding Community”
Time: 11:30am-12:00pm Registration, Networking
12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch & Learn
Location: NewBridge Cleveland Center
3634 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Free parking available
The Office of Reentry in partnership with ACLU of Ohio, Housing Research & Advocacy Center, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Enterprise Community Partners, and Reentry’s Housing Committee hosts forum on reentry. For those recently released from prison, housing can be difficult to obtain “Opening Doors, Rebuilding Community” is a convening of returnees, advocates, local leaders, and housing developers to discuss ways to alleviate barriers and rebuild community.
*Free event, registration required at

Thursday, April 26th
“Not Just Returning, but Advancing”
Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Location: Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
1201 East 55th Street, Cleveland,
 OH 44103
Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry hosts its 6th Annual Community Public Meeting focused on the theme of “Not just returning, but advancing for citizens with criminal backgrounds”. Event will feature new approaches to support and advocacy for returning citizens. *Free event, registration required at

Friday, April 27th
Resource Fair
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
1834 East 55th, Cleveland, OH,
Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry, North Star Reentry Resource Center, and William Horning & Shawnee Leftwich will host a Resource Collaboration Day with panelist to discuss methods to navigate supportive systems. Focus on community resources in education, personal development, government support and employment. (Refreshments will be served)
*Free and open to public, no registration required.