OAR Nova

OAR Nova OAR NOVA is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971.
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OAR NOVA offers a wide range of services including those for first-time offenders, those in jail, and those released from incarceration. Family members are also offered help through our programs. The following is a brief summary of what we offer: * Alternative sentencing * Emergency assistance * Impact of Crime classes * Job-readiness skills and tools * Shoplifting Prevention Program * Skills Development * Violence Intervention Each year over 100 OAR volunteers serve our community. These dedicated and highly trained citizens help to implement and sustain OAR programs. Volunteers teach, provide one-to-one mentoring, counsel family members in crisis, assist with client services in the main office and help guide OAR's mission as members of the Board of Directors. As representatives of the community they are vocal advocates for OAR's mission. For more information about volunteering, please send an email to: [email protected] or call (703) 246-3033.

Mission: The mission of Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources (OAR) NOVA. is to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for offenders and their families to create a safer community.

OAR and the Fairfax Reentry Council will host a conference on Advancing Reentry: Building Unity in our Community.  The c...
01/24/2020

OAR and the Fairfax Reentry Council will host a conference on Advancing Reentry: Building Unity in our Community. The conference will be a part of Reentry Month activities. Please save the date and plan to attend! More details to follow.

There were recent changes to the bail system in New York.  A new law eliminates pretrial detention and cash bail as an o...
01/22/2020
New York’s Upcoming Bail Reform Changes Explained

There were recent changes to the bail system in New York. A new law eliminates pretrial detention and cash bail as an option in an estimated 90 percent of arrests. Is this the best way to balance an individual's presumption of innocence and public safety? https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/new-yorks-upcoming-bail-reform-changes-explained

The state’s new bail reform law should significantly reduce pretrial incarceration levels, but some questions remain.

The next OAR Hiring Event will be on January 30th from 10 to 2 at the OAR office in Fairfax.  Two employers will be on-s...
01/22/2020

The next OAR Hiring Event will be on January 30th from 10 to 2 at the OAR office in Fairfax. Two employers will be on-sight to conduct interviews and make employment offers. For more details contact Laura at [email protected]

Rising Country star Leigh Nash highlights the needs of our incarcerated community members with her new song. Leigh Nash ...
01/10/2020

Rising Country star Leigh Nash highlights the needs of our incarcerated community members with her new song. Leigh Nash "God Gave Me Horses" Live @ Nowhere Else May 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GixMIUcHpYU

All OAR evening programs are cancelled today, Tuesday the 7th, due to inclement weather.
01/07/2020

All OAR evening programs are cancelled today, Tuesday the 7th, due to inclement weather.

01/06/2020
www.governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has a significant criminal justice reform agenda for 2020. Initiatives include decriminalization of marijuana, parole reform, raising the felony larceny threshold, and the permanent elimination of driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fine among other ideas. Learn more about the Governor's plans and give us your feedback!https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/PRESS-One-Pager----Criminal-Justice-Reforms.pdf

For a few more hours, the Gupta Family Foundation is matching all donations to OAR up to $10,000!  Make your donation be...
12/31/2019

For a few more hours, the Gupta Family Foundation is matching all donations to OAR up to $10,000! Make your donation before January 1st and double your impact. Your donation to OAR will rebuild lives, and create a safer community for everyone. Donate now! https://www.oarnova.org/double-your-donation

Still looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?  Give the gift of a safer community!  Make a donation to OAR as ...
12/19/2019

Still looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Give the gift of a safer community! Make a donation to OAR as a gift for that loved one that is hard to shop for. Don't forget, your gift goes twice as far this year with the matching gift from the Gupta Family Foundation. Donate now: https://www.oarnova.org/double-your-donation

What do Ivanka Trump and MC Hammer have in common?  They are both interested in criminal justice system reform... an imp...
12/19/2019
Ivanka Trump will do her job, whatever that entails, no matter what happens in Washington

What do Ivanka Trump and MC Hammer have in common? They are both interested in criminal justice system reform... an important issues that brings both sides of the aisle together. Read more:https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ivanka-trump-will-do-her-job-whatever-that-entails-no-matter-what-happens-in-washington/2019/12/11/31909c04-1aba-11ea-8d58-5ac3600967a1_story.html

The first daughter went to a women’s prison in Indiana with MC Hammer, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — because why not?

Many community members incarcerated in our local jails have children who are left behind. The OAR Holiday Gift Program w...
12/11/2019

Many community members incarcerated in our local jails have children who are left behind. The OAR Holiday Gift Program will support these children with Christmas and other holiday gifts this year. If you would like to support families in need this season please make a donation. Thanks to the #GuptaFamilyFoundation all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000! Donate now: https://www.oarnova.org/double-your-donation

The first time Mr. VanSumeren stood before Judge Smith he was 19 and was sentenced to 6 years in prison for robbery. The...
12/11/2019
This former bank robber was just sworn in as a lawyer — by the same judge who once sent him to prison

The first time Mr. VanSumeren stood before Judge Smith he was 19 and was sentenced to 6 years in prison for robbery.
The second time he stood before Judge Smith he was 39.
This time he was being sworn in as an new attorney. Read more:
https://washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/12/10/this-former-bank-robber-was-just-sworn-lawyer-by-same-judge-who-once-sent-him-prison/

“It’s really quite remarkable and rare," said Hillsdale County Circuit Court Judge Michael Smith. "Very seldom do you see such a successful turnaround.”

OAR is expanding our volunteer program and we are looking for volunteers to join us in Prince William County! If you are...
12/05/2019

OAR is expanding our volunteer program and we are looking for volunteers to join us in Prince William County! If you are interested in volunteering as a program facilitator at the local jail please contact Sarah Hurst at [email protected].

OAR will be one of the organizations participating in the Alternative Gift Market this Saturday.  If you are looking for...
12/05/2019

OAR will be one of the organizations participating in the Alternative Gift Market this Saturday. If you are looking for unique gifts that are truly reflective of the holiday spirit, please join us at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston.
1625 Wiehle Avenue

Looking for unique holiday gifts this year?  Join OAR at the Alternative Gift Market at UUC in Reston this Saturday the ...
12/05/2019

Looking for unique holiday gifts this year? Join OAR at the Alternative Gift Market at UUC in Reston this Saturday the 7th from 10am to 2pm. You can purchase gifts for your loved ones that support community members in need. Learn more at http://www.uureston.org/agm

Today is #GivingTuesday.  Thanks to the  #GuptaFamilyFoundation it is a magical day at OAR where every donation is doubl...
12/03/2019

Today is #GivingTuesday. Thanks to the #GuptaFamilyFoundation it is a magical day at OAR where every donation is doubled up to $10,000. Support OAR this Giving Tuesday and maximize your impact! https://oarnova.org/double-your-donation

It is like magic...  $1 turns into $2!  The Gupta Family Foundation is matching all donations to OAR this holiday season...
12/02/2019

It is like magic... $1 turns into $2! The Gupta Family Foundation is matching all donations to OAR this holiday season with a dollar for dollar match up to $10,000! Make your donation now at https://oarnova.org/double-your-donation

OAR is hosting a Hiring Event on Tuesday the 19th. Jiffy Lube is hiring for multiple positions and is prepared to make h...
11/12/2019

OAR is hosting a Hiring Event on Tuesday the 19th. Jiffy Lube is hiring for multiple positions and is prepared to make hiring offers on the spot! Interested in more information? Contact Laura at [email protected].

Prison inmates in California can reduce their sentence by volunteering to fight wildfires.  This raises a moral question...
11/04/2019
Prison Inmates Are Fighting California's Wildfires for About $3 a Day

Prison inmates in California can reduce their sentence by volunteering to fight wildfires. This raises a moral question. Is it right to ask prisoners to endanger their lives in exchange for less time incarcerated?
https://fortune.com/2019/11/01/california-prisoners-fighting-wildfires/?showAdminBar=true

Inmates save the state about $100 million each year by putting their lives on the line to fight fires, but see little return when they leave prison.

OAR recognizes the value in and responsibility for creating a meaningful multi-year strategic plan. The OAR Board adopte...
10/30/2019

OAR recognizes the value in and responsibility for creating a meaningful multi-year strategic plan. The OAR Board adopted a new strategic plan that will guide OAR through 2022. We believe this plan will help us improve our prevention programs, ensure better support for the families impacted by crime, and create opportunities for justice-involved individuals to positively transition into a crime free life. You may view the details of our plan here: https://www.oarnova.org/2019-strategic-plan

"Am I the writer or the murderer?" asks prison inmate John Lennon, as he contemplates writing an apology to the family o...
10/28/2019
I’ve built a career as a prolific prison journalist. So why did it take me so long to write a letter to the family of the man I killed?

"Am I the writer or the murderer?" asks prison inmate John Lennon, as he contemplates writing an apology to the family of the man he killed.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/10/28/ive-built-career-prolific-prison-journalist-so-why-did-it-take-me-so-long-write-letter-family-man-i-killed/?arc404=true

When you find yourself thinking about writing an apology to the family of the man you murdered, you tend to make all kinds of excuses.

The OAR coat closet is empty and we need your help! Please make coat donations to OAR. We need men's and women's coats a...
10/24/2019

The OAR coat closet is empty and we need your help! Please make coat donations to OAR. We need men's and women's coats at our Fairfax and Loudoun offices. Gather coats and jackets from your closets, ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Then please bring them to OAR for those in need. Coordinate with Sarah to make this happen. (703) 246-3055 or [email protected].

Learn what happened to the three inmates that won a debate against Harvard four years ago.  Two have been released and h...
10/21/2019
Three Prison Inmates Beat Harvard in a Debate. Here’s What Happened Next.

Learn what happened to the three inmates that won a debate against Harvard four years ago. Two have been released and have professional occupations. One is still incarcerated but has obtained a master's degree.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/three-prison-inmates-beat-harvard-in-a-debate-heres-what-happened-next-11571490001?emailToken=bcf99f6ca49457efd62c734a4bfd3d43rnNFj3+2LK/NR8SgeSmWtrAppik1IXlODXKtEDmGMBZfWsUbzat5r2oNnOXWWH7Ti0BcsE6QFm1cB4weh/3mfQiltWCLvZsKIsXAV70NUzlZvEijPeoEMyvO2SWm7QsuXZlMPA3a0RatEixbibaPlg%3D%3D&reflink=article_email_share

The Bard Prison Initiative’s debate team has lost only two of its 11 matches in six years. Three winners tell their stories of hard work, second chances and hope.

OAR would like to thank Twins Ace Hardware - Fairfax for their support of the OAR mission.  They supplied paint and pain...
10/17/2019

OAR would like to thank Twins Ace Hardware - Fairfax for their support of the OAR mission. They supplied paint and painting supplies to OAR at a very generous discount so that we could improve our office space!

OAR would like to thank @Accenture for supporting the community through their Day of Service program.  Accenture staff, ...
10/17/2019

OAR would like to thank @Accenture for supporting the community through their Day of Service program. Accenture staff, along with some friends and family, spent Monday's holiday at OAR painting our lobby, classroom and the OAR logo on the wall! Everything looks great. Thanks for all of your support!

OAR's first volunteer information session in Prince William County is only a few days away.  Anyone looking for meaningf...
10/04/2019

OAR's first volunteer information session in Prince William County is only a few days away. Anyone looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities that have a big impact on the community should join us to learn more!

The information session will be held on October 10th at the First Baptist Church in Manassas. Anyone interested should contact Sarah at 703 246 3055 or by email at [email protected].

OAR's Derwin Overton will participate in a panel discussion about criminal justice policy in Virginia. Topics of discuss...
10/04/2019

OAR's Derwin Overton will participate in a panel discussion about criminal justice policy in Virginia.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Marijuana reform
• Cash bail
• The school to prison pipeline
• Other top priorities for the General Assembly in 2020

The event will take place on October 17th at 7:30 pm at Marshall High School.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/vaishome

OAR is looking for volunteers to support our work in Prince William County.  There are opportunities to work directly wi...
09/30/2019

OAR is looking for volunteers to support our work in Prince William County. There are opportunities to work directly with those we serve at the Prince William Manassas Regional Jail or to provide a variety of administrative support services. An information session will be held on October 10th at the First Baptist Church in Manassas. Anyone interested should contact Sarah at 703 246 3055.

Elise from Dandelion Meadow donated handmade blankets to the OAR office in Leesburg this morning to support our clients ...
09/26/2019

Elise from Dandelion Meadow donated handmade blankets to the OAR office in Leesburg this morning to support our clients in need. The blankets will be put to good use as the weather gets cooler. OAR appreciates all the community support we receive and is especially thankful to @DandelionMeadow2Grow

The story of Rayful Edmond highlights some of the challenges with criminal justice reform efforts.  Read the details of ...
09/26/2019
Perspective | How drug-related violence complicates criminal justice reform

The story of Rayful Edmond highlights some of the challenges with criminal justice reform efforts. Read the details of the story and then share with us... If it was your decision, would you release Rayful Edmond after 29 years of incarceration?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/25/how-drug-related-violence-complicates-criminal-justice-reform/

Even as we pursue criminal justice reform, Americans remain uncomfortable with showing drug criminals mercy.

On Wednesday evening, OAR held a gathering at the Franking Park Arts Center to honor the volunteers that support OAR pro...
09/19/2019

On Wednesday evening, OAR held a gathering at the Franking Park Arts Center to honor the volunteers that support OAR programs in Loudoun County. These OAR volunteers have been instrumental in OAR's effort to build and expand programs for the inmates in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center. We greatly appreciate their effort to help prepare individuals for a successful return to our community!

The Arts Center currently has the largest collection of #BobRoss paintings ever assembled for exhibit on the East Coast. We were honored to celebrate together, honor our volunteers for their commitment to the OAR mission, and enjoy a beautiful collection of original Bob Ross art work!

It was a wonderful night!

Malik received a car!  An OAR supporter generously donated a vehicle to OAR.  Malik, who is actively participating in OA...
09/19/2019

Malik received a car! An OAR supporter generously donated a vehicle to OAR. Malik, who is actively participating in OAR case management services was immediately considered as a candidate for the car. Malik has worked hard to strive toward independence. He obtained his driver’s license in January and is working full-time. Malik’s smile says it all, this car is a gift that will help him pursue his dreams.

OAR will have a booth at George Mason University's 2019 Service Fair.  The event is this Thursday, September 12th from 1...
09/10/2019

OAR will have a booth at George Mason University's 2019 Service Fair. The event is this Thursday, September 12th from 11:00 to 1:00. Come out and learn all about the service opportunities available at OAR! Learn more at facebook.com/SAILMason

OAR is having a Hiring Event on Tuesday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Fairfax OAR office. Representati...
09/06/2019

OAR is having a Hiring Event on Tuesday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Fairfax OAR office.
Representatives from Flagger Force and Virginia Tire & Auto will be present and ready to make employment offers on the spot. Learn more: https://www.oarnova.org/oar-hiring-event

Lester Holt spends days in a maximum security prison. His experience was different from a typical inmates but it must ha...
09/06/2019
Lester Holt goes behind bars at maximum security prison

Lester Holt spends days in a maximum security prison. His experience was different from a typical inmates but it must have been eye opening. When you listen to his report you learn that he found hope inside those prison walls.
https://www.msnbc.com/velshi-ruhle/watch/lester-holt-goes-behind-bars-at-maximum-security-prison-68268613861?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

Watch Stephanie Ruhle speak with NBC’s Lester Holt about an eye opening and unprecedented look at the injustices of the criminal justice system after he went behind the scenes at a maximum security prison.

This is an unbelievable story about the process that resulted in a man's death sentence.  If you were a member of the ju...
09/06/2019
Opinion | An Alabama man has been on death row for 21 years. He is almost certainly innocent.

This is an unbelievable story about the process that resulted in a man's death sentence. If you were a member of the jury in Toforest Johnson's case what, given the evidence presented, would you have done?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/05/an-alabama-man-has-been-death-row-years-he-is-almost-certainly-innocent/

There's almost no evidence linking Toforest Johnson to the death of William Hardy. But prosecutors kept insisting the impossible.

OAR was awarded a generous grant from the @WeissbergFdn to support our reentry services in Loudoun County.  OAR extends ...
09/04/2019

OAR was awarded a generous grant from the @WeissbergFdn to support our reentry services in Loudoun County. OAR extends a sincere thank you to everyone at the Weissberg Foundation for understanding the importance of OAR services, encouraging community support, and for the generous grant!

Mandatory sentences and three strikes laws can lead to criminal sentences that don't match the significance of the crimi...
09/03/2019
He was sentenced to life in prison decades ago after stealing $50. Now he's set to walk free

Mandatory sentences and three strikes laws can lead to criminal sentences that don't match the significance of the criminal act. An Alabama man, incarcerated since the 80's, will now be released.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/30/us/alabama-man-three-strikes-law-trnd/index.html

Alvin Kennard was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he was 22. After more than three decades behind bars, he will soon be released.

OAR is excited to share that we have been awarded a $75,000 grant and a Lighting the Way Award from the #SunTrustFoundat...
08/29/2019

OAR is excited to share that we have been awarded a $75,000 grant and a Lighting the Way Award from the #SunTrustFoundation. Pictured below are OAR's Director of Development, Brandon Cosby and OAR's Executive Director, Derwin Overton receiving the award at the SunTrust Lighting the Way Award Ceremony in Atlanta. Learn more about what this means for OAR: https://www.oarnova.org/suntrust-grant

OAR’s Derwin Overton just accepted the SunTrust Lighting the Way award.  #SunTrustFoundation
08/23/2019

OAR’s Derwin Overton just accepted the SunTrust Lighting the Way award. #SunTrustFoundation

OAR's hiring event on the 13th was a great success!Eighteen OAR clients had the opportunity to interview with Labor Find...
08/14/2019

OAR's hiring event on the 13th was a great success!

Eighteen OAR clients had the opportunity to interview with Labor Finders and/or Virginia Tire and Auto. Labor Finders was able to offer all who applied an immediate position and Virginia Tire and Auto will review all applicants for open positions. Those offered employment will interview a second time at a store location of their choice.

Flagger Force will participate in OAR’s September Hiring Event. If you are an employer needing to fill open positions, consider participating in OAR’s next Hiring Event. Contact Mike at [email protected] for details.

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10700 Page Ave, Ste 200
Fairfax, VA
22030

Go to http://www.wmata.com to find public transportation.

General information

OAR NOVA is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Our history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action. Its origins can be traced to a 1968 prison strike at the State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia. In response, several local churches convened a conference on Churches and the Correctional System. Following that effort, Jay Worrall, Jr. founded the OAR movement, which at the time stood for Offender Aid and Restoration. It was his vision of citizen visitors helping jail inmates that formed the original premise for the creation of OAR organizations around the country. In September 1970, Offender Aid and Restoration of Virginia received its articles of incorporation. In 1971, the Fairfax OAR was established, and in 1973, Worrall opened the national office. At the height of the movement there were 22 local agencies in 10 states. Today there remain eight local OAR affiliates, four of which are in Virginia, who have emerged as viable non-profit organizations with expanded missions and service delivery areas. In 1998, OAR NOVA voted to change its name from Offender Aid and Restoration to do business as “Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources” in order to better reflect the organization’s mission and goals.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 246-3033

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