What we do
The Office of Reentry Partnerships (ORP) was formed in August 2019 to elevate and organize citywide reentry efforts and support the Kenney administration’s goals for criminal justice reform, violence prevention, and community reinvestment.
ORP’s mission is to empower returning citizens, partner organizations, and the public to interrupt cycles of harm and build thriving communities. As Philadelphia’s hub for reentry referrals, resources, and training, the goals of the Office of Reentry Partnerships are to:
- Set a clear vision and direction for a measurable citywide approach to improving reentry outcomes.
- Drive and sustain an unprecedented level of coordination between the local government, other government partners, service providers, education and training programs, employers, and community members.
- Ensure that City reentry initiatives are research- and data-driven.
Examples of initiatives managed or staffed by the Office of Reentry Partnerships include the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition and Neighborhood Resource Centers.
1425 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 683-3370
Bianca van Heydoorn was appointed Senior Director of the Office of Reentry Partnerships on August 26, 2019. Bianca previously served as the Director of Community Engagement and Research Application at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Prior to her work at Temple, Bianca Co-Directed the Prison-to-College Pipeline and College Initiative programs at the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. van Heydoorn has consulted at the local, state, and national levels, including for New York City Department of Corrections, the City and State University systems of New York, and for the Obama Administration’s Second Chance Pell and Beyond the Box initiatives. Bianca is a first-generation college student; holding a master’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s degree in correctional sociology from the City University of New York. Her writing has been featured in the Journal on Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining the Office of Reentry Partnerships, Aviva was in the City’s Office of Criminal Justice, where as Director of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, she focused on citywide collaboration among reentry-focused organizations and agencies in Philadelphia. Aviva previously worked with local government and service providers in New York to increase the access that currently and formerly incarcerated people have to education. Aviva has an MPA from the Fels Institute of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Wesleyan University.