Starts Within Organization

Location: Richland County

Phone: (614) 741-6748



Contact: Ebony Taylor

Program Information

Founded in 2011 the mission of the Starts Within Organization is to significantly decrease the recidivism rate by addressing reentry barriers from a first-hand perspective. We provide education and mentoring initiatives that address finance, parenting, relationships, inter-personal skills, workforce development and entrepreneurship to aide in a realized and sustained transition.

Before change can be seen externally, an individual’s value must be increased internally resulting in a truly restored citizen that benefits communities, economies, and other societal structures.

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Upcoming Events

The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. 

(ODJFS) OCF Commission Meeting 
Date: November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: Vern Riffe Building (Riffe)
77 S. High St. 19th Floor, Conference Room 1948
Columbus, OH  43215

The meeting will be IN-PERSON. Please allow time to find parking and going through the security checks at the Vern Riffe Building. Please bring your photo Identification.

2022 Commission Meeting Dates:    Feb. 10, May 12, July 14, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.

If you would like to attend a commission meeting or if you have any questions, please contact Terri Simons via e-mail at

If you need to speak to someone over the phone, please contact Executive Director Kimberly Dent at 614-752-0583.