OAR Nova

OAR Nova OAR NOVA is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. OAR NOVA offers a wide range of services including those involved in the justice system for the first time, those in jail, and those released from incarceration.
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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.

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ACLU of Virginia
03/24/2021

ACLU of Virginia

BREAKING: Governor of Virginia signed legislation to abolish the death penalty into law.

“Our Commonwealth has executed more people than any other state under the guise of justice, but it is a racist, barbaric practice. And thankfully, it ends today," said our Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga.

It took many decades of hard work for us to get here. Today is a victory for racial justice. Our full statement: bit.ly/VAAbolishedDeathPenalty

"Rollins pledged to dismiss drug convictions for any individual whose drug certification was done at the Hinton Lab betw...
03/23/2021
Rachael Rollins vows to toss 74,800 criminal cases tied to drug lab scandal

"Rollins pledged to dismiss drug convictions for any individual whose drug certification was done at the Hinton Lab between May 2003 and August 2012. That's when chemists Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak were convicted of botching samples in what has become the worst case of its kind in the nation's history."-
https://crimeandjusticenews.asu.edu/news/boston-da-drop-74800-drug-cases-testing-scandal

Original story from the Boston Herald
https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/03/22/da-rollins-vows-to-toss-tens-of-thousands-of-drug-lab-cases/

The Suffolk DA is pledging to toss 74,800 criminal cases as the Hinton Lab fiasco continues to lay waste to drug prosecutions — and cost the state $30 million to date.

Please share!!Second Chance Job Fair on March 30th 10am-1pmCandidate Registration: https://tinyurl.com/nvjobseeker**Plea...
03/22/2021

Please share!!

Second Chance Job Fair on March 30th 10am-1pm

Candidate Registration: https://tinyurl.com/nvjobseeker

**Please note the list of employers/positions offered continues to grow!!

Please note the employers and industries in attendance vary with regard to background check processes and what they are willing to consider. We have included employers who are extremely lenient in this regard or who may not conduct background checks at all as well as those who consider charges on a case-by-case basis. Please counsel client/job seeker referrals to this end to help better prepare them for targeted job search efforts.
While client/job seekers do not have to apply online first with the company or position they are seeking employment with, it may expedite any offer or invitation for an interview. If possible, suggest that your clients check out the companies online first and apply if the option to do so online is given.
A resume is not required for job fair registration but this, too, is recommended. Even a very basic outline that includes contact information, recent or relevant work history, key skills, etc. Again, just a recommendation so employers have something to refer to when chatting with a job seeker.
The Prince William Virginia Career Works Center is prepared to assist individuals who lack access to the internet attend the job fair. An appointment must be made. Please direct client/job seeker referrals to Re-Opening of Virginia Career Works – Prince William Center by Appointment Only - Virginia Career Works Northern Region (vcwnorthern.com) or 703-586-6800 to schedule an appointment.
The job fair can also be accessed from a mobile device such as a smart phone. It may not be ideal for the job seeker as far as ease of use/navigation of the virtual platform, but better than nothing.

This job fair is not limited to the reentry population of those with criminal charges convictions on their record! Even those who may have gaps in their work history, have been out of the workforce for some time, or who are looking for an entry level role in one of the industries represented, should register and connect with employers in attendance!

03/18/2021

With the incredible support of OAR donors and the OAR Board, we were able to meet our $3,000 goal! Thank you for prioritizing OAR's important work during the Give Choose annual fundraiser!

Read more about this new law to restore voting rights here:https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/watch-now-northa...
03/18/2021
WATCH NOW: Northam restores voting rights for 69,000 Virginians on probation for felonies, under new policy

Read more about this new law to restore voting rights here:
https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/watch-now-northam-restores-voting-rights-for-69-000-virginians-on-probation-for-felonies-under/article_6a792ca8-47a0-5355-81cf-c9c49c2f71b0.html

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he is restoring the voting rights of 69,000 Virginians who completed their prison sentences for a felony but remain under probation — a change

03/17/2021

Before we wrap for the day, OAR wants to thank everyone that worked on this “virtual reentry walk” for GiveChoose and made it a great success. Jamie, thank you for sharing your personal experience and for portraying a typical client’s experience. Hannah, thank you for capturing this sample “reentry walk” with compelling storytelling and for serving in the role of a probation officer during our walk. Thank you to Sarah for taking our “appointment request” for the mock intake. OAR also thanks the OAR Board for pledging to match $500 in GiveChoose donations. Finally, thank you to everyone who has donated in support of the OAR mission. We cannot do what we do without you!

If you haven’t been able to give yet, there’s still time! Give here: www.givechoose.org/oar

(8/8) Once a returning citizen has been able to cover their basic needs, the reentry journey is still far from over. Wit...
03/16/2021

(8/8) Once a returning citizen has been able to cover their basic needs, the reentry journey is still far from over. With the assistance of OAR services, staff, and volunteers, it can be a little easier for returning citizens to keep going. Jamie worked hard for over a decade and is thriving. She continues to work hard to share her experience so others in a similar position can know it is possible for things to get better when you ask for help and do the work. We are immensely grateful for Jamie’s passion for the OAR mission and for her help in supporting every client she has worked with for the past ten years.
If you learned something new about reentry today or want to support a successful reentry journey for others, give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR

(7/8) Employment is vital to every returning citizen but the steps to obtain that employment can be difficult depending ...
03/16/2021

(7/8) Employment is vital to every returning citizen but the steps to obtain that employment can be difficult depending on access to valid identification, reliable transportation, as well as the presence of employers in the area willing to work with individuals who have a criminal record. Click on each picture to see what a returning citizen may face in obtaining employment.
Want to help us meet our goal and support OAR clients? Give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR

(6/8) Beyond access to essential community services, a returning citizen with a strong and positive support system is fa...
03/16/2021

(6/8) Beyond access to essential community services, a returning citizen with a strong and positive support system is far less likely to reoffend and end up back in jail than someone without these important relationships. Click on each picture to read about the possible impacts of a support system on a returning citizen’s journey.
Want to support OAR clients?
Give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR

03/16/2021

Thank you to those who've already contributed,
we are halfway to our goal!
Let's keep going! www.givechoose.org/oar

(5/8) The success of a returning citizen’s release often depends greatly on the availability of and their access to robu...
03/16/2021

(5/8) The success of a returning citizen’s release often depends greatly on the availability of and their access to robust social services. While OAR is an essential part of that equation, our work can only go so far without other community organizations and programs serving the critical needs of low-income, high-risk populations. Click on each picture to see how returning citizens may navigate next steps.
Want to prioritize reentry services in our community?
Give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR
Can't give right now? Share our post!

(4/8) Access to reentry services can build a strong foundation for successful release for returning citizens. Many of th...
03/16/2021

(4/8) Access to reentry services can build a strong foundation for successful release for returning citizens. Many of those who have been incarcerated will be required to regularly meet with a probation officer upon release. Coming into that first meeting with a plan makes a good first impression and lets the supervisor know that the individual takes returning to the community seriously. Click on each picture for the captions to see how returning citizens may navigate next steps.
Want to prioritize reentry services in our community?
Give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR
Can't give right now? Share our post!

(3/8) Unless returning community members have been incarcerated before or have received pre-release case management, the...
03/16/2021

(3/8) Unless returning community members have been incarcerated before or have received pre-release case management, their day of release can be both a blessing and an enormous challenge. Without a plan or previous experience with incarceration, there will be many important decisions for returning citizens to make with little room for error. Click on each picture for more information on how returning citizens may handle the first few choices on their day of release!
Want to support OAR clients? Give here: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR If you can't give, share our post!

(2/8) This is Jamie M. Over a decade ago, Jamie was a teenager struggling with addiction, had been arrested multiple tim...
03/16/2021

(2/8) This is Jamie M. Over a decade ago, Jamie was a teenager struggling with addiction, had been arrested multiple times, and was unsheltered. After completing one of OAR’s Alternative Sentencing programs, Jamie received the tools necessary to make a new, successful path for herself. Eventually, Jamie wanted to share those same tools by becoming an OAR volunteer, which then led to her becoming an OAR employee. Jamie has graciously allowed us to share in text and visuals what reentry can look like with and without OAR services based on her personal and professional experience. Click on each picture, read the captions, and you’ll see the difference OAR makes.
Support OAR on GiveChoose: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR

(1/8) It's 4am. It's also the time when justice-involved individuals wake up everyday while incarcerated, including the ...
03/16/2021

(1/8) It's 4am. It's also the time when justice-involved individuals wake up everyday while incarcerated, including the day they are released.

*GiveChoose OAR: https://www.givechoose.org/OAR

Don't forget to spring forward an hour this Sunday for Daylight Savings! Changing your clock brings us one hour closer t...
03/12/2021

Don't forget to spring forward an hour this Sunday for Daylight Savings! Changing your clock brings us one hour closer to GiveChoose! Remember, Tuesday here on Facebook we'll take an important walk with OAR staff member, Jamie M. as she details what reentry can look like for many OAR clients.
https://www.givechoose.org/OAR?cid=0&kw=oar&page=1

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is reporting what OAR has been seeing locally... jail incarceration rates have dropped ...
03/10/2021
Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is reporting what OAR has been seeing locally... jail incarceration rates have dropped significantly since the pandemic. See the data in the attached link. OAR has shifted its service model to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the justice-involved community members who are now being diverted into varying forms of community supervision, rather than being held in our local jails.
https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?iid=7268&ty=pbdetail&utm_content=icovidlj2020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

This report describes the impact of COVID-19 on the local jail population during the 6-month period from January to June 2020, including the impact on the release of jail inmates, admissions to jails, jail capacity, and incarceration rates.

Justice over Zoom has created unexpected challenges and opportunities.  Watch as criminal justice officials in Michigan ...
03/10/2021
Michigan prosecutor in Zoom hearing catches alleged domestic assaulter in same home as 'nervous' girlfriend

Justice over Zoom has created unexpected challenges and opportunities. Watch as criminal justice officials in Michigan discover, during a court hearing, that a man accused of felony domestic assault is in the same home as his victim, despite a no contact order.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-prosecutor-zoom-hearing-domestic-assaulter-same-home

A Michigan man charged in a domestic violence case allegedly appeared at a court hearing remotely from the victim’s house last week -- despite a no-contact order compelling him to stay away from her.

We have a match! Well, a different kind of match.  The OAR Board has pledged $500 in matching donations for GiveChoose. ...
03/09/2021

We have a match! Well, a different kind of match. The OAR Board has pledged $500 in matching donations for GiveChoose. This means that the OAR Board has offered to match the first $500 donated to OAR during GiveChoose to help us reach our goal of $3,000. You give $5, they give $5! You give $50, that becomes $100 for OAR! Join us on Facebook next Tuesday, 3/16 for our walk with Jamie M., a former OAR client turned staff member, as she shares her story and demonstrates the importance of every donation!
https://www.givechoose.org/OAR?cid=0&kw=oar&page=1

We invite you to take a virtual walk with OAR, on Facebook, for GiveChoose. GiveChoose is a day of community giving on M...
03/04/2021

We invite you to take a virtual walk with OAR, on Facebook, for GiveChoose. GiveChoose is a day of community giving on March 16th coordinated by the Community Foundation. Take a walk with OAR on the 16th as we hear from OAR staff member, Jamie M. Jamie started working with OAR over a decade ago and has been an OAR client, a volunteer, and is now an employee. Her experience with OAR is unique but her story is not uncommon. As a teenager, Jamie struggled with addiction, was arrested multiple times, and was unsheltered. Without guidance and direct assistance, Jamie’s life could look very different today. Re-entry services are critical to a justice-involved individual’s success, and with Jamie’s help, we’ll show you how. Join us back here on Tuesday, 3/16 as we walk through Jamie’s story in a series of Facebook posts throughout the day. You can give early here:
https://www.givechoose.org/OAR?cid=0&kw=oar&page=1

Every year, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties hosts a 24-hour day of giving, called Gi...
03/02/2021

Every year, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties hosts a 24-hour day of giving, called GiveChoose, for nonprofits that serve these communities. OAR celebrates 50 years of service in the northern Virginia community, and we’re excited to participate in this year’s GiveChoose on Tuesday, March 16th! Stay tuned!
https://www.givechoose.org/OAR?cid=0&kw=oar&page=1

03/01/2021

Due to a plumbing emergency in our building, the OAR office in Fairfax will be closing at 3pm today, Monday, March 1st. Services are still available by phone or email. Contact staff directly or through our main number at 703 246 3033 or by email at [email protected]

03/01/2021
WATCH LIVE: How lack of access to IDs and driver’s licenses hold people back after prison

One challenge OAR clients face daily is a lack of identification. Check out this piece from PBS NewsHour that talks about all the ways this widespread issue hinders successful community reentry for returning citizens. You can find this and other useful videos about criminal justice and reentry on OAR's YouTube Channel Playlists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8ZXLxDseOE&feature=youtu.be

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twGFind more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshourSubscribe to our YouTube cha...

The OAR Board Chair and Executive Director wish to share our planned efforts to ensure that OAR is a equitable organizat...
02/26/2021

The OAR Board Chair and Executive Director wish to share our planned efforts to ensure that OAR is a equitable organization for everyone.

OAR values our partnership with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc.  They offer important services that can assist...
02/26/2021

OAR values our partnership with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. They offer important services that can assist the clients served by OAR. See the attached image for details.

OAR and the Prince William Reentry Council are sponsoring food distributions (hosted by McLean Bible Church-Manassas) fr...
02/24/2021

OAR and the Prince William Reentry Council are sponsoring food distributions (hosted by McLean Bible Church-Manassas) from February through April.

This will be a socially distanced, drive through event. Clients will be asked not to get out of their vehicles. McLean Bible Church will provide volunteers to load food into citizen's trunks

If you know of individuals and families in need of food, who have access to a vehicle, please encourage them go to the one of the distribution sites listed below:
Saturdays (10:30-12:00) 9309 Center Street, Manassas (2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24)
Wednesdays (3:00-4:30) 7431 Willoughby Lane (2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21)

OAR's Brandon Cosby offered an interactive virtual presentation about OAR services and the criminal justice system to th...
02/24/2021

OAR's Brandon Cosby offered an interactive virtual presentation about OAR services and the criminal justice system to the Rotary Club of Manassas. Thank you for the invite and for your interest in the OAR mission.

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02/23/2021

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Address

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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