The Vincentian Ohio Action Network (VOAN) is an independent non-profit that was formed in 2014 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society Diocese of Columbus. Through the generous support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) this organization is dedicated to building community organizing initiatives and sustainable organizations that centers the leadership of people who are experiencing poverty and/or marginalization in society.
The purpose of VOAN is to develop community leaders and have their voices heard by systems that impact their lives in order to create greater justice, equity and economic independence for those in poverty.
Restored Citizens and Communities for Change (RCC4C) - RCC4C is amplifying the voices of those impacted by incarceration and the criminal justice system. Together, alongside community allies, RCC4C is joining the growing movement that seeks an end to mass incarceration. Harnessing the power of stories and build networks of support, RCC4C is working to increase public awareness and engage various decision makers with the goal of building a more humane and restorative approach to criminal justice in Ohio. (Franklin County)
The Newark Think Tank on Poverty (NTTP) - The NTTP is made up of local community members who have experienced poverty and barriers in obtaining sustainable work, safe housing, and accessible transportation. Our leaders deeply care for our community and believe all should be treated fairly and have the ability to live with dignity. NTTP members are building a movement to fight for justice on critical issues that have impacted our lives. Focus areas currently include reentry and criminal justice reform, access to fair and sustainable housing, Seat at the Table, and the development of a peer advocacy program for clients at Job and Family Services in Licking County. (Licking County)
A Community of Grace - VOAN is collaborating with a network of faith-based institutions, universities, and reentry organizations in Delaware County to improve the reentry system in Delaware County for those returning from prison or jail. We are working to build this network and increase opportunities for local leaders and communities directly impacted by the criminal justice system to advocate for policy change to improve reentry. (Delaware County)
ARCH - The "Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope" Project was started as a collaboration between VOAN and the Diocesean Office for Social Concerns in order to equip parishes around reentry ministry in their parish and local community. Click on the link for more information.
Staff & Bio
Wendy Tarr, Director, VOAN
Wendy has worked in Southern California and the Midwest with faith communities and cross-sector collaborations as a community organizer for 13 years primarily focused on economic justice, immigration, and criminal justice reform issues. Wendy is currently the director of the Vincentian Ohio Action Network. In 2014, Wendy was the Midwest Regional Organizer for "Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform," a network of conservative faith, law enforcement, and business leadership that has come together to establish a new consensus on immigrants and America, led by the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Wendy worked for eight years for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California, where she organized diverse faith communities to support low-wage workers in struggles for living wages, affordable accessible healthcare, responsible development and workers' rights. Wendy helped launch the National Evangelical Immigration Table, supporting the effort as a field mobilizer on efforts to advance immigration reform among evangelicals and megachurches in California and throughout the Midwest.