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 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 is hosting a Hiring Event on July 16th!  Labor Finders is hiring for multiple positions and will be ready to make on...
07/12/2019

OAR is hosting a Hiring Event on July 16th! Labor Finders is hiring for multiple positions and will be ready to make on the spot job offers. If you would like more info, contact Laura at [email protected].

OAR is hosting a Hiring Event on July 16th!  Labor Finders is hiring for multiple positions and will be ready to make on...
07/12/2019

OAR is hosting a Hiring Event on July 16th! Labor Finders is hiring for multiple positions and will be ready to make on the spot job offers. If you would like more info, contact Laura at [email protected].

Some housing complexes have policies barring all individuals with a felony conviction.  These bans don't consider any fa...
07/10/2019
ACLU sues Virginia housing complex over ban on felons

Some housing complexes have policies barring all individuals with a felony conviction. These bans don't consider any factors such as the nature of the offense or how long ago the crime occurred. One particular complex in Virginia is being sued because of their policy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2019/07/04/aclu-sues-virginia-housing-complex-over-ban-felons/?utm_term=.dd2f83fc9644

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against the owner of Sterling Glen alleging that its blanket policy on criminal records is racially discriminatory because it has a disproportionate impact on African Americans.

Domestic violence has a profound impact on individuals, families, and communities.  You have the power to do something a...
07/03/2019

Domestic violence has a profound impact on individuals, families, and communities. You have the power to do something about it!
Imagine if you could work with those who have committed domestic violence, encourage them to take accountability for their actions, and coach them to engage in non-violent, non-abusive behaviors with their intimate partners. OAR offers this opportunity!
We need volunteers to co-facilitate the OAR Violence Intervention Program. You will receive training and will always work with an OAR staff person. This is an amazing volunteer opportunity that makes a real difference in the lives of others. If you are interested, contact Sarah Hurst for more details at [email protected]

OAR regularly hosts hiring events at the OAR office to provide immediate employment opportunities for our clients and to...
06/28/2019

OAR regularly hosts hiring events at the OAR office to provide immediate employment opportunities for our clients and to help local employers fill multiple job vacancies.
This month, 7 OAR clients attended our hiring event. Six people interviewed for a job, all were offered positions, and 2 have already started working!
OAR would like to thank The Vincit Group and all employment partners that hire OAR clients!

Driver’s License Reinstatement InformationBackground:  Effective July 1, Virginia will prohibit courts from suspending...
06/27/2019
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Driver’s License Reinstatement Information
Background: Effective July 1, Virginia will prohibit courts from suspending someone’s driving privilege solely for failure to pay court fines and costs. (This change does not affect non-payment of tolls.) Anyone whose driving privilege has been suspended solely for failure to pay court fines and costs will have driving privileges reinstated and will not owe a reinstatement fee. Important: This change in the law does not eliminate the requirement to pay the underlying court costs and fines.
If your license is suspended, how do you figure out why? The DMV will give you a free report called a “Compliance Summary,” which will list all the reasons for the suspension. You can get your Compliance Summary by either: 1) going to a DMV office and picking it up in person; 2) calling DMV at (804) 497-7100 to get one mailed to you; 3) setting up an account on the DMV website (see below) and downloading the Compliance Summary.

What do you need to do if you think you are eligible for license reinstatement?
1. Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date by visiting dmvNOW.com.
2. Look for a letter from DMV, which will contact individuals who live in Virginia and have a suspended license for failure to pay court fines and costs. DMV will outline the requirements to get the driver’s license reinstated.
3. If you still have your physical license AND it is not expired and you have presented DMV with proof of your permanent legal presence in the U.S. (birth certificate, U. S. Passport, legal permanent resident card), you won’t need to take any action. Your license will be valid as of July 1.
4. If you do not have your physical license AND/OR the license is expired, you will have to get a replacement driver’s license or renew your license, and you will have to pay the usual driver’s license issue fee ($20 for replacement; $32 for an eight-year renewal, additional $10 for REAL ID).
• You will go through the standard application process, including a new photo and vision screening.
• If you have not presented DMV with proof of your permanent legal presence in the United States (i.e. birth certificate, U. S. Passport, legal permanent resident card), you will have to provide proof of legal presence.
• If there is evidence someone has held a license, no testing will be required -- unless it is required as a result of a driver’s license revocation.
5. If your driving privileges were suspended or revoked for other reasons, apart from or in addition to failure to pay court fines and costs, you will need to meet any other court or DMV requirements to regain driving privileges.
Good to know: 1) Customers are encouraged to use alternate services (dmvNOW.com, mail, DMV Selects) for routine services. DMV offices will be extremely busy in the summer months and customers can expect longer-than-normal wait times. 2) Reinstatement fees previously paid will not be refunded. 3) More information is available at www.dmvNOW.com/fac or by calling (804) 474-2255.

Welcome to the official site of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, with quick access to driver and vehicle online transactions and information.

Looks like another night of pop-up thunderstorms that could cancel all out door plans.  Why not make it game night at Cr...
06/20/2019

Looks like another night of pop-up thunderstorms that could cancel all out door plans. Why not make it game night at Crossroads Board Game Tavern? 10% of all proceeds at the restaurant tonight will be donated to OAR. Make it a fun night... Have a great meal and play board games! Address: 9412 Main St, Manassas

Looking for something to do that supports a great cause?  Go out to dinner and have some fun!  Crossroads is a BOARDGAME...
06/19/2019

Looking for something to do that supports a great cause? Go out to dinner and have some fun! Crossroads is a BOARDGAME TAVERN and they are partnering with OAR. Crossroads will be donating 10% of all proceeds tonight and tomorrow (19th and 20th) to OAR.

Make it a fun night... Have a great meal and play board games. It is family friendly. Bring your friends and have a great time.

Where: Crossroads Tabletop Tavern
Address: 9412 Main St, Manassas, VA 20110
Website: https://ttoptav.com/

Please see the news about the restoration of driving licenses! https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/dmv-contacting-vir...
06/03/2019
DMV contacting Virginians with suspended licenses ahead of restoration

Please see the news about the restoration of driving licenses!

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/dmv-contacting-virginians-with-suspended-licenses-ahead-of-restoration/article_0c5bb637-927e-56c1-bc3c-a4a65556453e.html?fbclid=IwAR12yRROnqU53QIoyMuuea8xng-yxYGgO5nw_xOUY84DnjP9xeusCc2l3-A

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is sending out letters to residents with suspended driver's licenses solely because of unpaid court debt to let them know how to have their

We look forward to celebrating with everyone tonight at OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser.  The weather forecast calls...
05/29/2019

We look forward to celebrating with everyone tonight at OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser. The weather forecast calls for the chance of late afternoon thunderstorms. By 7:00 the storm threat will have passed.

The winery, at sunset after a rain storm, can be beautiful. It should be a fabulous night.

It will be warm this evening. Choose your outfit to be comfortable, causal, and cool. We want everyone to be relaxed.
https://www.oarnova.org/oar-s-2019-fundraiser
#OARNOVA

Online ticket sales for the 2019 OAR Fundraiser Raffle end tonight.  Buy your tickets now.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 for...
05/28/2019

Online ticket sales for the 2019 OAR Fundraiser Raffle end tonight. Buy your tickets now. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You can find more details here: https://www.oarnova.org/2019-fundraiser-raffle

Will you be attending the Jazz and Wine Fundraiser tomorrow night? If you haven't registered yet, there is still time! Here is the registration link: https://www.oarnova.org/oar-s-2019-fundraiser

We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night!

The Arizona prisons have banned “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” by Paul Butler.  Full disclosure: OAR is not yet fam...
05/22/2019
Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

The Arizona prisons have banned “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” by Paul Butler. Full disclosure: OAR is not yet familiar with the content of this book. However, this brings up an interesting topic... What books should and should not be allowed inside our jails and prisons and who is making these decisions?
http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/arizona-prisons-ban-book-on-black-men-in-the-justice-system-1

Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men.

OAR is proud to recognize Rogers & Company as a sponsor for our 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser!   If you haven't register...
05/20/2019

OAR is proud to recognize Rogers & Company as a sponsor for our 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser! If you haven't registered yet, please plan to join us at the Winery at Bull Run on May 29th. Register now: https://www.oarnova.org/oar-s-2019-fundraiser

OAR is having a Hiring Event on June 18th with the French Bread Factory.  Contact Laura at lsnell@oarnova.org for detail...
05/20/2019

OAR is having a Hiring Event on June 18th with the French Bread Factory. Contact Laura at [email protected] for details.

Previous OAR raffle winners are pictured below.  Who will win this year?  A $5 raffle ticket can win great prizes like a...
05/09/2019

Previous OAR raffle winners are pictured below. Who will win this year? A $5 raffle ticket can win great prizes like a lottery ticket board, signed Santana Moss football, or tickets to iFly. More information and tickets are available at: https://www.oarnova.org/2019-fundraiser-raffle
#Raffle #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Lottery #ALLCAPS #iFly #Redskins

The OAR Raffle is live!  Win great prizes like a lottery board with potential winnings over $2.8 million!  More info at ...
05/01/2019
2019 Fundraiser Raffle

The OAR Raffle is live! Win great prizes like a lottery board with potential winnings over $2.8 million! More info at https://www.oarnova.org/2019-fundraiser-raffle #lott #lottery #raffle #winner #scratchoff

Prizes: 1) A lottery board with 26 Virginia scratch off lottery tickets with a winning potential of $2.8 million; 2) Two flight vouchers for indoor skydiving at iFly; 3) A 90 minute trail ride for two at the Marriott Ranch in Linden, Virginia; and 4) A Washington sport’s team package including a E...

OAR has a new fundraiser sponsor and wants to thank Silver Diner for their support of the OAR mission.  OAR's 2019 Jazz ...
04/29/2019

OAR has a new fundraiser sponsor and wants to thank Silver Diner for their support of the OAR mission.

OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser will be held at the Winery at Bull Run on May 29th at 7:30. Register here: https://www.oarnova.org/oar-s-2019-fundraiser.

OAR's 2019 Fundraiser Raffle is live!  Win great prizes including a lottery board with potential winnings over $2.8 mill...
04/26/2019
2019 Fundraiser Raffle

OAR's 2019 Fundraiser Raffle is live! Win great prizes including a lottery board with potential winnings over $2.8 million!! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Buy tickets now: https://www.oarnova.org/2019-fundraiser-raffle

Prizes: 1) A lottery board with 26 Virginia scratch off lottery tickets with a winning potential of $2.8 million; 2) Two flight vouchers for indoor skydiving at iFly; 3) A 90 minute trail ride for two at the Marriott Ranch in Linden, Virginia; and 4) A Washington sport’s team package including a E...

What is recidivism and how is it defined?  This article helps to explain why those are difficult questions to answer.htt...
04/09/2019
Explaining recidivism rates in Virginia, why the conversation around them is limited

What is recidivism and how is it defined? This article helps to explain why those are difficult questions to answer.

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2019/04/01/virginia-recidivism-rates-how-many-reoffenders-jail-criminal-justice/3274008002/?utm_source=oembed&utm_medium=news&utm_campaign=storylines

Comparing differing recidivism rates is an apples-to-apples comparison. It's just that they're all bad apples.

We were happy to support OAR Arlington's Second Chance Fundraising Breakfast this morning.   @OARJustice, you had a grea...
04/09/2019

We were happy to support OAR Arlington's Second Chance Fundraising Breakfast this morning.
@OARJustice, you had a great event and we wish you great success.

Virginia has ended the practice of suspending people’s driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees.  This simp...
04/05/2019
Virginia lawmakers vote to scrap license suspensions for unpaid court fees

Virginia has ended the practice of suspending people’s driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees. This simply change will make an enormous difference in the lives of those served by OAR!

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/update-virginia-lawmakers-vote-to-scrap-license-suspensions-for-unpaid/article_896edd70-63bb-5e4d-892f-c1e2a9cec0f4.html?fbclid=IwAR3hQKu7nryYR0bl3hvxt9MemQeJa_rVFfvlsc4J2W0miLtRoYVBcfBfB7E

The General Assembly has ended the state’s practice of suspending people’s driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, setting the stage for restoration of suspended licenses for 627,000 Virginians

The description of the Alabama prison system is horrific and unimaginable.  Each and every day, OAR staff and volunteers...
04/05/2019
Torture, rape, murder: Details from investigation into Alabama’s prison crisis — AL.com

The description of the Alabama prison system is horrific and unimaginable. Each and every day, OAR staff and volunteers work directly with incarcerated individuals in the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William/Manassas Adult Detention Centers. Our local jails are nothing like the Alabama prisons. Our jails are safe, clean, and provide real opportunities for rehabilitation and this is due in large part to the professionals @fairfaxcountysheriff, @loudounsheriff, [email protected]

https://apple.news/AWXu423FuTLC1tWenbik0Kg

Sexually assaulted Alabama prison inmates fear reporting abuse, knowing they will be punished for what prison officials say is deliberately creating a safety hazard.

Show your support for the community and sponsor OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser.  Contact Brandon for more details. ...
04/05/2019

Show your support for the community and sponsor OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser. Contact Brandon for more details. [email protected]

Registration is now open for OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser.  Join us at the Winery at Bull Run for a wonderful cel...
04/04/2019

Registration is now open for OAR's 2019 Jazz and Wine Fundraiser. Join us at the Winery at Bull Run for a wonderful celebration on May 29th. Register now at https://conta.cc/2UfjllL

Film students from GMU at the OAR office in Prince William County setting up to interview an OAR client.  They will inte...
04/04/2019

Film students from GMU at the OAR office in Prince William County setting up to interview an OAR client. They will interview multiple clients, a few staff members, and an OAR volunteer. They are helping us to tell the OAR story. The final video should be released soon!

OAR is partnering with VOICE to hold a Listening Session on Monday, May 6th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at OAR (10700 Page Ave,...
04/01/2019

OAR is partnering with VOICE to hold a Listening Session on Monday, May 6th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at OAR (10700 Page Ave, Suite 200 Fairfax, VA 22030). Make your voice heard and help change the criminal justice system!
Dinner and refreshments will be served.
RSVP at [email protected] by Wednesday, April 3rd!

OAR needs your help!We are in need of snack packs for clients on the day of their release.  This simple gesture is often...
04/01/2019

OAR needs your help!

We are in need of snack packs for clients on the day of their release. This simple gesture is often the first form of food our clients will have that day and can provide them with the energy needed to safely get back home.

Directions for assembly:
- All items should be travel sized and unopened
- Pack in clear plastic bags (Ziplox or Hefty)
- Pack individual bags in a box for delivery to OAR
- Snack packs should include 3 or 4 food items and a water

Examples of food items include: granola bar, trail mix, fruit cup, crackers, and cookies
At the time of donation, OAR will provide you with a tax deductible receipt.

Thank you for your continued support!

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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