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.

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 hel

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 hel

Operating as usual

Are you participating in or have you participated in Drug Court?  Your experience can help to improve services.  Please ...
07/09/2021

Are you participating in or have you participated in Drug Court? Your experience can help to improve services. Please contact GMU if you would like to help.

Are you participating in or have you participated in Drug Court? Your experience can help to improve services. Please contact GMU if you would like to help.

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! “Volunteers are the lifeblood of OAR. Coming from all walks of life, volunteering for a variety...
07/08/2021

It’s #ThrowbackThursday!
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of OAR. Coming from all walks of life, volunteering for a variety of reasons, they all share a sincere desire to help people who are in trouble. The gift they give is all the more valuable because it is free.
‘You mean you don’t get paid for coming here to see me?’ a [resident of the jail] asked, during his volunteer’s fourth weekly visit. That was when the relationship started working.”

These words and this picture came from an OAR booklet from the 1980s detailing our work. This particular instance may have happened over 30 years ago, but the message is timeless because it still happens. Volunteers are essential to the OAR mission for many reasons, but one is because the selfless essence of volunteering itself is powerful. Sometimes when clients learn that a volunteer has come for no other reason than to support them, they feel motivated because they know someone really believes in them and is genuinely invested in their success. The OAR movement was built by volunteers and it continues to live on because of them.

It’s #ThrowbackThursday!
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of OAR. Coming from all walks of life, volunteering for a variety of reasons, they all share a sincere desire to help people who are in trouble. The gift they give is all the more valuable because it is free.
‘You mean you don’t get paid for coming here to see me?’ a [resident of the jail] asked, during his volunteer’s fourth weekly visit. That was when the relationship started working.”

These words and this picture came from an OAR booklet from the 1980s detailing our work. This particular instance may have happened over 30 years ago, but the message is timeless because it still happens. Volunteers are essential to the OAR mission for many reasons, but one is because the selfless essence of volunteering itself is powerful. Sometimes when clients learn that a volunteer has come for no other reason than to support them, they feel motivated because they know someone really believes in them and is genuinely invested in their success. The OAR movement was built by volunteers and it continues to live on because of them.

07/05/2021

OAR is closed today in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen tomorrow, July 6th at 9am.

It is Throwback Thursday time again as OAR celebrates 50 years of service.  The pic below shows the evolution of the OAR...
07/01/2021

It is Throwback Thursday time again as OAR celebrates 50 years of service. The pic below shows the evolution of the OAR mission over the years. While the language of our mission has evolved, OAR’s work remains rooted in the original principles and values of the organization.

It is Throwback Thursday time again as OAR celebrates 50 years of service. The pic below shows the evolution of the OAR mission over the years. While the language of our mission has evolved, OAR’s work remains rooted in the original principles and values of the organization.

06/28/2021

OAR will be closed July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s look back on some history! While OAR Nova remains sturdy on our founding principles, ou...
06/24/2021

It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s look back on some history! While OAR Nova remains sturdy on our founding principles, our logo and even our name has changed a few times over the last 50 years. You can see we've moved from OAR Fairfax to OAR Nova to better incorporate our expanded service area which includes Prince William and Loudoun counties as well as Fairfax. Our acronym has also changed. Originally, the acronym O.A.R. stood for “Offender Aid & Restoration”, but in 1998, our office opted to rebrand the acronym to stand for “Opportunities, Alternatives, & Resources”. This was a fitting change as it described the nature of our work while moving away from language that can be stigmatizing. We continue to intentionally practice person-centered language (also known as “person-first language”) throughout our literature as well as in conversation so that we may acknowledge those we serve as individuals first and foremost. Click on the pictures to check out our various logos and name over time!
#TBT #throwbackthursday

"In theory, agencies say the laws were intended to protect vulnerable Virginians receiving essential services. But in pr...
06/22/2021
She's been out of prison for 11 years. In Virginia, she still has a lifetime employment ban from many professions. - Virginia Mercury

"In theory, agencies say the laws were intended to protect vulnerable Virginians receiving essential services. But in practice, they often become nonsensical. Edwards has been invested in the issue for more than a decade after he was approached by a local day care center who wanted to elect a new chairman to its board. But the man, in his early 50s, had a decades-old conviction for assault and battery stemming from a fight with his brother. "

Where is the line between public safety and hindering a person's ability to move on with their lives when they are no longer a danger to others?

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2021/06/21/shes-been-out-of-prison-for-11-years-in-virginia-she-still-has-a-lifetime-employment-ban-from-many-professions/

In 2002, Melissa Brown stole a purse from a grocery store cart and ran. For the past two years, she had been addicted to crack co***ne and “had gotten to a very low place in my life,” she said. Police later charged her with robbery, and she pled guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping severa...

OAR is celebrating 50 years of service to the community! Since 1971, we have assisted more than 150,000 justice-involved...
06/16/2021

OAR is celebrating 50 years of service to the community! Since 1971, we have assisted more than 150,000 justice-involved community members to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of crime. Learn more at www.oarnova.org and follow OAR on social media for throwback Thursday pictures all summer long. On October 9th, we will celebrate our achievements with the community. Save the date!

OAR is celebrating 50 years of service to the community! Since 1971, we have assisted more than 150,000 justice-involved community members to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of crime. Learn more at www.oarnova.org and follow OAR on social media for throwback Thursday pictures all summer long. On October 9th, we will celebrate our achievements with the community. Save the date!

Mackenzie Scott is giving billions to non-profits in untraditional ways.  The gifts are unrestricted and she trusts the ...
06/16/2021
MacKenzie Scott Is Giving Away Another $2.7 Billion To 286 Organizations

Mackenzie Scott is giving billions to non-profits in untraditional ways. The gifts are unrestricted and she trusts the non-profits to invest the resources based on their experiences and needs. She is clearly interested in equity-based organization. But, she doesn't have a website and there is no clear way to apply for a grant. If she became familiar with OAR, she would recognize our work as a worthy investment.
https://www.npr.org/2021/06/15/1006829212/mackenzie-scott-is-giving-away-another-2-7-billion-to-286-organizations

Scott said she is "attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change." She has given away more $8 billion of her fortune so far.

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the language in the First Step Act  will not allow low level drug offenders to request...
06/14/2021
Supreme Court won't extend reduced charges to low-level crack co***ne offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the language in the First Step Act will not allow low level drug offenders to request a reduced sentence even though supporters say that was the original intent of the law.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-won-t-extend-reduced-charges-low-level-drug-n1270675

Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed with the decision but wrote separately suggesting that Congress should fix the problem.

NAMI Prince William will offer a free, 8-week NAMI "Family to Family" course beginning on-line via Zoom on Monday, June ...
06/10/2021

NAMI Prince William will offer a free, 8-week NAMI "Family to Family" course beginning on-line via Zoom on Monday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This course is for family members of persons living with a mental health condition. Please see the attached flyer. Registration at [email protected] is required.

NAMI Prince William will offer a free, 8-week NAMI "Family to Family" course beginning on-line via Zoom on Monday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This course is for family members of persons living with a mental health condition. Please see the attached flyer. Registration at [email protected] is required.

"Second look" policies allow people convicted before age 25 to request a reduced sentence after serving at least 15 year...
06/10/2021
Maryland Families Oppose Policy That Would Reduce Sentences for Violent Offenders

"Second look" policies allow people convicted before age 25 to request a reduced sentence after serving at least 15 years. Would you support a process like this?
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-families-oppose-policy-that-would-reduce-sentences-for-violent-offenders/2697116/

A group of families joined the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center to voice their opposition to “second look” policies for criminal sentencing, which the Maryland court of appeals will consider when it meets Monday morning.

The "banking" rules for Federal prisoners with prison accounts are very different from traditional banking rules.  Do th...
06/10/2021
Federal prisoners hold $100 million in government-run accounts, shielded from some criminal scrutiny and debt collection

The "banking" rules for Federal prisoners with prison accounts are very different from traditional banking rules. Do these rules need to be updated?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/bureau-of-prisons-bank-system/2021/06/08/2aff9766-c3d1-11eb-8c18-fd53a628b992_story.html

The program run by the Bureau of Prisons has long frustrated law enforcement officials, who say it poses significant risks for abuse, money laundering and corruption, yet the agency has for years resisted efforts to change it.

Do you struggle with being honest on your application or with an employer because of what you think will appear on your ...
06/08/2021
Loudoun County: Workforce Resource Center Workshops

Do you struggle with being honest on your application or with an employer because of what you think will appear on your background check?

You can register for our free employment workshop "What Do Employers see on your Background Check?"! This session will help remove the mystery of what's on a background check and provide information on items that help employers hire individuals with background challenges.

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 11am-12pm
Where: Virtual
Click here to register: https://interwapp14.loudoun.gov/wrcw/

It seems unimaginable that we would criminalize the unintentional spread of COVID.  But, when we do, its even worse than...
06/04/2021
The criminalization of Covid exposure: how US prosecutors went after a home health aide

It seems unimaginable that we would criminalize the unintentional spread of COVID. But, when we do, its even worse than you might think because it often, like so much of our CJS, disproportionately impacts minorities, people of color, and the poor.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/04/new-jersey-josefina-brito-fernandez-home-health-aide-covid?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1

Attempt to hold a worker criminally liable for the spread of Covid resulted in Josefina Brito-Fernandez losing her license to work, fearing deportation

OAR had the immense pleasure of working with a dedicated team from the Leadership Fairfax Program.  We would like to tha...
06/01/2021

OAR had the immense pleasure of working with a dedicated team from the Leadership Fairfax Program. We would like to thank and congratulate Ashley Burtoni Kaufman, Kate Carter, Eddie Thomason, and Brett Fox for their fantastic work. The team planned and coordinated a virtual community conversation, Restoring More Than Justice, to educate the public about Court diversion programs. We are grateful to the team for their hard work and the commitment they made to sharing the OAR mission with our community!

OAR had the immense pleasure of working with a dedicated team from the Leadership Fairfax Program. We would like to thank and congratulate Ashley Burtoni Kaufman, Kate Carter, Eddie Thomason, and Brett Fox for their fantastic work. The team planned and coordinated a virtual community conversation, Restoring More Than Justice, to educate the public about Court diversion programs. We are grateful to the team for their hard work and the commitment they made to sharing the OAR mission with our community!

05/28/2021

OAR Nova will be closed Monday, May 31st in observation of Memorial Day. We'll reopen on Tuesday, June 1st.

Virginia continues to have the lowest or second lowest recidivism rates in the country for a fifth year running. Said Go...
05/25/2021
Virginia’s Recidivism Rate Remains Among the Lowest in the Country

Virginia continues to have the lowest or second lowest recidivism rates in the country for a fifth year running.

Said Governor Northam, "Our success is the direct result of effective reentry programs and strong partnerships across our Commonwealth. I remain grateful to the hardworking professionals at the Virginia Department of Corrections who are dedicated to rehabilitation, transforming lives, and building safer communities.”

We are proud at OAR Nova to be contributing to this positive trend and are grateful to all our community supporters that continue to invest in this essential mission.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/may/headline-895461-en.html

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

"Most people assume solitary confinement is a punishment reserved for incarcerated people who are deemed too violent to ...
05/24/2021
One Cell, a Lifetime of Pain: Waking to the Truth of Solitary Confinement

"Most people assume solitary confinement is a punishment reserved for incarcerated people who are deemed too violent to be among the general population. But that is not the case."
https://www.arnoldventures.org/stories/one-cell-a-lifetime-of-pain-waking-to-the-truth-of-solitary-confinement

Behind prison’s steel doors, a staggering number of people are held in isolation for months, years, even decades, and many will leave broken in mind and body. Now, some states are realizing they’ve gone too far in the name of punishment.

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10700 Page Ave, Ste 200
Fairfax, VA
22030

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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 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 246-3033

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