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 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

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.

Tremendous thanks to The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area for awarding OAR Nova $3,000 in grant funding! Organizations...
05/24/2021
Home - THE CLOSET

Tremendous thanks to The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area for awarding OAR Nova $3,000 in grant funding! Organizations can rarely fulfill their missions of serving neighbors in need alone, and support from other community organizations make all the difference. We are so grateful to work with such generous community partners that believe in our work and our clients. Thank you!

If you are looking for a new thrift spot, check The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, or if you're looking to donate items, visit their page to learn more. http://theclosetofgreaterherndon.org/

The Closet is a nonprofit thrift shop in the heart of historic downtown Herndon, Virginia.

Employment Background Challenges: Learn How and When to Disclose Do you struggle with the questions of IF or WHEN or HOW...
05/18/2021
Loudoun County: Workforce Resource Center Workshops

Employment Background Challenges: Learn How and When to Disclose
Do you struggle with the questions of IF or WHEN or HOW to talk with a potential employer about what may appear in your employment background check? This session will review tips on how and when to talk with employers about life challenges that might be a barrier to getting hired. At the end of the workshop, you will receive information on obtaining individualized assistance in developing and using a disclosure statement during the interview/hiring process.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:00 - 12:00
Register for this free virtual workshop here: https://interwapp14.loudoun.gov/wrcw/

OAR Nova will be closed for office-wide training on Friday, May 14th.
05/13/2021

OAR Nova will be closed for office-wide training on Friday, May 14th.

OAR Nova will be closed for office-wide training on Friday, May 14th.

Anthony Gay spent 22 years in solitary confinement.  While on probation, he was convicted of a new crime and his probati...
05/12/2021
Man who spent 22 years in solitary confinement fights to end the practice

Anthony Gay spent 22 years in solitary confinement. While on probation, he was convicted of a new crime and his probation was revoked. He was resentenced to seven years in prison. "I had no idea that I was about to be tortured for decades," he said. He is now working to end the prolonged use of solitary confinement in prisons.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/man-spent-22-years-solitary-confinement-fights-end/story?id=77632919

"I had no idea that I was about to be tortured for decades," Anthony Gay said.

If you missed our community panel on alternative sentencing, you can now watch it on our Youtube channel!
05/10/2021
OAR Nova Presents: Restoring More Than Justice

If you missed our community panel on alternative sentencing, you can now watch it on our Youtube channel!

Originally recorded Thursday, May 6th, 2021.OAR Nova hosted a community panel discussion on alternative sentencing. Panelists included Commonwealth Attorney ...

05/07/2021
Thank you to our panelists, host, and community members who joined us for this important discussion.  To learn more abou...
05/07/2021

Thank you to our panelists, host, and community members who joined us for this important discussion. To learn more about OAR's mission or to get more involved, visit www.oarnova.org

Thank you to our panelists, host, and community members who joined us for this important discussion. To learn more about OAR's mission or to get more involved, visit www.oarnova.org

Tonight at 7pm - join OAR for “Restoring More Than Justice”, a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. Yo...
05/06/2021

Tonight at 7pm - join OAR for “Restoring More Than Justice”, a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. You can also watch here via Facebook live!

Tonight at 7pm - join OAR for “Restoring More Than Justice”, a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. You can also watch here via Facebook live!

Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our entire community. Register now: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk
05/05/2021

Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our entire community. Register now: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our entire community. Register now: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Join us at our free virtual event on May 6 at 7pm to find out what alternative sentencing offers the community. The pane...
04/29/2021

Join us at our free virtual event on May 6 at 7pm to find out what alternative sentencing offers the community. The panel includes Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Descano, Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Biberaj, and Fairfax General District Court Judge Lindner. Register now at http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Join us at our free virtual event on May 6 at 7pm to find out what alternative sentencing offers the community. The panel includes Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Descano, Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Biberaj, and Fairfax General District Court Judge Lindner. Register now at http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

How do we hold juveniles accountable for terrible acts of violence?  For Evan Miller, his horrific actions at age 14 wil...
04/29/2021
Evan Miller, youngest child ever sentenced to life without parole in Alabama, must remain in prison

How do we hold juveniles accountable for terrible acts of violence? For Evan Miller, his horrific actions at age 14 will mean life in prison without parole. If you had the power to decide Mr. Miller's fate, what would you do?
https://www.al.com/news/2021/04/evan-miller-youngest-child-ever-sentenced-to-life-without-parole-in-alabama-must-remain-in-prison.html

The hearing was held via Zoom with Miller appearing remotely from prison due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Learn more about OAR and alternative sentencing, and register for the May 6 “Restoring More Than Justice” virtual event ...
04/27/2021

Learn more about OAR and alternative sentencing, and register for the May 6 “Restoring More Than Justice” virtual event at https://www.oarnova.org/rmtj

Learn more about OAR and alternative sentencing, and register for the May 6 “Restoring More Than Justice” virtual event at https://www.oarnova.org/rmtj

Please see the inspiring article in the Rose Law Group Reporter published by OAR donor Evan Bolick.  https://roselawgrou...
04/26/2021
[VIEWPOINT] An attorney's reflection on criminal justice reform; Former RLG attorney Evan Bolick on reforming the criminal justice system - Rose Law Group Reporter

Please see the inspiring article in the Rose Law Group Reporter published by OAR donor Evan Bolick.
https://roselawgroupreporter.com/2020/06/viewpoint-former-rlg-attorney-evan-bolick-on-reforming-the-criminal-justice-system/

By Evan Bolick | Rose Law Group Reporter Roughly 13 years ago, I enrolled in a wrongful convictions course at my law school. I went in very skeptical of the very premise of the course. I generally believed that the justice system worked well, police were largely unbiased, and the rights of the accus...

After 8 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, his uncle sent colored pencils and paper and told his nephew: "If ...
04/26/2021
He was convicted for a crime he didn't commit; now he's selling art to the Obamas

After 8 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, his uncle sent colored pencils and paper and told his nephew: "If you can reclaim your talents, you can reclaim your life" That is exactly what Valentino Dixon did.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/23/golf/valentino-dixon-art-golf-masters-augusta-spc-spt-intl/index.html

Eight witnesses and a confession from the real perpetrator couldn't save Valentino Dixon from being handed a prison sentence of nearly 40 years for a crime he didn't commit.

We are only two weeks away from OAR’s “Restoring More Than Justice” event. Register now! http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk
04/21/2021

We are only two weeks away from OAR’s “Restoring More Than Justice” event. Register now! http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

We are only two weeks away from OAR’s “Restoring More Than Justice” event. Register now! http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Check out our Spring 2021 Newsletter!
04/21/2021
Spring 2021 Newsletter

Check out our Spring 2021 Newsletter!

Building Community Together Greetings! What you'll find in this newsletter: OAR to Host Virtual Community Discussion on Alternative Sentencing Donors Gave and Chose OAR Clients for Give Choose 2021 Co

REENTRY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITYEmployment Background Challenges: Learn How and When to Disclose Date: Wednesday, May 19, 20...
04/21/2021
Workshops & Career Development | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

REENTRY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

Employment Background Challenges: Learn How and When to Disclose
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 11am-12pm

Do you struggle with the questions of IF or WHEN or HOW to talk with a potential employer about what may appear in your employment background check? This session will review tips on how and when to talk with employers about life challenges that might be a barrier to getting hired. At the end of the workshop, you will receive information on obtaining individualized assistance in developing and using a disclosure statement during the interview/hiring process.

To register: www.loudoun.gov/wrcworkshops

Note: Participants need the GoTo Meeting app loaded on their PC or mobile device to participate.

The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center (LWRC) offers a variety of on-site and online workshops monthly.

04/20/2021
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Volunteers have always been essential to OAR's mission, and two OAR volunteers have been nominated for the 2021 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. Thank you to OAR volunteers Sue Owens and Bryce Kushmer-Mccune for all of your hard work and all the ways you have supported OAR clients!
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OAR is hosting a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. The May 6th panel includes Fairfax Commonwealth ...
04/19/2021

OAR is hosting a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. The May 6th panel includes Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Descano, Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Biberaj, and Fairfax General District Court Judge Lindner. Click here to register today: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

OAR is hosting a virtual discussion on alternative sentencing programs. The May 6th panel includes Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Descano, Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Biberaj, and Fairfax General District Court Judge Lindner. Click here to register today: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Officials face challenges while attempting to manage a pandemic at jail facilities. Forms of quarantine are often used. ...
04/19/2021
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight

Officials face challenges while attempting to manage a pandemic at jail facilities. Forms of quarantine are often used. These quarantine measures resemble solitary confinement. Inmates in the DC jail have experienced this for over 400 straight days.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/19/dc-jail-lockdown-covid/

For more than a year, 1,500 men and women held at the D.C. jail have been confined to their cells 23 hours a day in what experts call a grave human rights abuse.

OAR assists community members as they struggle to manage the impact and collateral consequences of being involved with t...
04/15/2021

OAR assists community members as they struggle to manage the impact and collateral consequences of being involved with the criminal justice system. Learn more about how alternative sentencing facilitates our mission at our panelist event on May 6 at 7pm. To learn more, register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

OAR assists community members as they struggle to manage the impact and collateral consequences of being involved with the criminal justice system. Learn more about how alternative sentencing facilitates our mission at our panelist event on May 6 at 7pm. To learn more, register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Alternative sentencing can open doors and serve the community.Check out our video and if you want to be part of the disc...
04/14/2021
OAR Presents: Restoring More Than Justice

Alternative sentencing can open doors and serve the community.
Check out our video and if you want to be part of the discussion, register for our free community panel happening on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

https://youtu.be/Cve7ukGPA9g

Join OAR on Thursday, May 6 at 7pm for a discussion about alternative sentencing with some of northern Virginia's local officials. Panelists will be Commonwe...

OAR envisions a world where communities impacted by the justice system provide equitable opportunities for all people to...
04/12/2021

OAR envisions a world where communities impacted by the justice system provide equitable opportunities for all people to lead fulfilling lives. Discover more by joining our team of panelists on Thursday, May 6th at 7pmfor “Restoring More Than Justice”, a conversation on the role and value of alternative sentencing in our community. Register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

OAR envisions a world where communities impacted by the justice system provide equitable opportunities for all people to lead fulfilling lives. Discover more by joining our team of panelists on Thursday, May 6th at 7pmfor “Restoring More Than Justice”, a conversation on the role and value of alternative sentencing in our community. Register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Restoring Justice: through service to others. Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our community at our ...
04/08/2021

Restoring Justice: through service to others. Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our community at our premier virtual discussion with local legal professionals on May 6 at 7pm Click to learn more and mark your calendar! Register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

Restoring Justice: through service to others. Learn more about how alternative sentencing benefits our community at our premier virtual discussion with local legal professionals on May 6 at 7pm Click to learn more and mark your calendar! Register here: http://bit.ly/3lrgfpk

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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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