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.

Please review the letter from OAR Board Chair Evan Vahouny and OAR Executive Director Derwin Overton.  The letter offers...
06/05/2020

Please review the letter from OAR Board Chair Evan Vahouny and OAR Executive Director Derwin Overton. The letter offers concrete action steps we can take to help address the needs of our community and demonstrates that we are stronger together! More information can be found at www.oarnova.org.

A virus outbreak has been reported inside the Prince William jail.  OAR staff are no longer able to provide programs ins...
05/15/2020
At least 2 infected with COVID-19 at the Prince William jail

A virus outbreak has been reported inside the Prince William jail. OAR staff are no longer able to provide programs inside the facility. OAR will continue to coordinate services for those being released to the community.

https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/at-least-2-infected-with-covid-19-at-the-prince-william-jail/article_3bf045b4-96b6-11ea-9f22-0bfeb7fb8ebd.html?fbclid=IwAR0mSBiyMl2rd4WfjD8WZo9R4pyRYfWf1ThUKHn-RI3pRVa-9X8ySHxXqEA

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center, where there are at least two confirmed cases of the disease, according to a City of

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OAR will not to gather with our supporters in May for the Jazz & Wine Fundraiser.  We a...
04/23/2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OAR will not to gather with our supporters in May for the Jazz & Wine Fundraiser. We are planning to move the event to the Fall. New registration information will be available this Summer!

There have been many reports from around the Country about the risk of the Coronavirus inside local jails.  Many jails, ...
04/13/2020
Fairfax County considers early release of jail inmates during pandemic | WTOP

There have been many reports from around the Country about the risk of the Coronavirus inside local jails. Many jails, including several in our area, are identifying candidates for early release. This can mean a greater need for OAR services as a larger number of individuals will be returning to the community.

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2020/04/fairfax-county-considers-early-release-of-jail-inmates-during-pandemic/

Fairfax County, Virginia, Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano wants to reduce the number of people in the jail during the coronavirus pandemic.

A message from Executive Director Derwin Overton regarding OAR's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
04/13/2020

A message from Executive Director Derwin Overton regarding OAR's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Capital Area Food bank has created a user friendly interactive map to help community members find food resources in ...
03/31/2020
CAFB COVID-19 Response Updates - Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food bank has created a user friendly interactive map to help community members find food resources in our area: Learn more:
https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response

To account for site closures and social distancing needs related to COVID-19, we will begin to modify and consolidate our services, offering food in different formats and locations beginning this week. We will continue our operations until or unless we receive guidance from our local or national gov...

OAR is balancing the need for comprehensive reentry services with the need for social distancing.  This has changed the ...
03/31/2020
Fairfax Jail Inmate Tests Positive For Coronavirus: Sheriff

OAR is balancing the need for comprehensive reentry services with the need for social distancing. This has changed the way services are provided in our local jails. We have now seen our first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in one of our local jails. Read more:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/patch.com/virginia/fairfaxcity/amp/28666901/fairfax-jail-inmate-tests-positive-coronavirus-sheriff

An inmate in his 20s at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center tested positive for the coronavirus, the sheriff's office said Monday.

OAR is open with limited services during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Contact (703) 246- 3033 or info@oarnova.org for deta...
03/24/2020

OAR is open with limited services during the Coronavirus pandemic. Contact (703) 246- 3033 or [email protected] for details.

The OAR offices are closed.  Contact (703) 246-3033 or visit www.oarnova.org for updates.
03/17/2020

The OAR offices are closed. Contact (703) 246-3033 or visit www.oarnova.org for updates.

OAR's response to the challenges created by the Coronavirus epidemic is constantly evolving.  If you have questions abou...
03/13/2020

OAR's response to the challenges created by the Coronavirus epidemic is constantly evolving. If you have questions about programs and services please contact the main office at (703) 246 - 3033.

Looking for something unique to do this weekend?  Pulitzer Prize-Winning play SWEAT will be performed at the Unitarian C...
02/25/2020
Lynn Nottage's "Sweat" - UUCF

Looking for something unique to do this weekend? Pulitzer Prize-Winning play SWEAT will be performed at the Unitarian Church in Fairfax.
Performances on:
Thursday the 27th at 7 pm
Friday the 28th at 8 pm
and Saturday the 29th at 8 pm
Proceeds benefit OAR! Get your tickets here: https://uucf.org/events/sweat/

Performances Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; and Fri. & Sat., Feb. 28-29, 8 p.m., Sanctuary.Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a group of friends in a small town in Pennsylvania who find their livelihoods and relationships threatened as rumors of layoffs start to swirl at the factory where they...

02/24/2020
Empty Drawers

After release from incarceration some of our community members have no idea where their next meal will come from. OAR provides snack packs while we connect them with other resources. But, we are out of snack packs! You can help: https://bit.ly/2uuJp0E

Pulitzer Prize-Winning play SWEAT will be performed locally at the Glass House Theater.  The play is about a group of fr...
02/21/2020
Lynn Nottage's "Sweat" - UUCF

Pulitzer Prize-Winning play SWEAT will be performed locally at the Glass House Theater. The play is about a group of friends who find their livelihoods and relationships threatened as rumors of layoffs start to swirl at the factory where they work. Racial tensions lend an uncomfortable undertone as they try to navigate their lives in the face of changing expectations.

Proceeds from the play will benefit OAR! We hope you will attend. Performances will be on three nights:
Thursday, February 27th, at 7 pm
Friday, February 28th, at 8 pm
Saturday, February 29th, at 8 pm

Learn more about the play and get your tickets here: https://uucf.org/events/sweat/?fbclid=IwAR1jL7XHoCZU9J6iwD-skJFQbkRE32GjmsMpuCECF9POiVV_bqjilp95BW8

Performances Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; and Fri. & Sat., Feb. 28-29, 8 p.m., Sanctuary.Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a group of friends in a small town in Pennsylvania who find their livelihoods and relationships threatened as rumors of layoffs start to swirl at the factory where they...

Trump recently used his authority to pardon or commute criminal sentences for several white-collar criminals.  Is this p...
02/19/2020
Trump Grants Clemency to Blagojevich, Milken and Kerik

Trump recently used his authority to pardon or commute criminal sentences for several white-collar criminals. Is this part of a larger criminal justice reform effort or simply a desire to assist people who have power & influence? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/us/politics/trump-pardon-blagojevich-debartolo.html

The president also pardoned or commuted the sentences of eight others on Tuesday, including Edward DeBartolo, a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.

Confidential means confidential... right?  Should a youth's conversations with a therapist while incarcerated be confide...
02/18/2020
A migrant teen thought his therapy sessions were confidential. Now, he may be deported. — The Washington Post

Confidential means confidential... right? Should a youth's conversations with a therapist while incarcerated be confidential? In some cases, they aren't (even when the youth is told they would be) and the information shared in therapy could lead to deportation.
https://apple.news/A9UJG-26mQhytIKp3JnzOsg

The government required him to see a therapist. He thought his words would be confidential. Now, the traumatized migrant may be deported.

Save the date!  OAR's 2020 Jazz and Wine fundraiser will be held this year on May 27th.  Registration will be opening so...
02/18/2020

Save the date! OAR's 2020 Jazz and Wine fundraiser will be held this year on May 27th. Registration will be opening soon and we hope you will join us. Don't miss special guest speaker Chris Wilson. Learn more: https://www.oarnova.org/2020-jazz-and-wine-fundraiser

Many jurisdictions have implemented or are considering implementing video visitation sessions in lieu of in-person visit...
02/11/2020
Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations

Many jurisdictions have implemented or are considering implementing video visitation sessions in lieu of in-person visitation. While studies show this can be convenient for some families, the Department of Justice has advised that in-person visitation should still be considered a best practice.

Have you or a someone you know utilized video visitation? What was that experience like?

The purpose of this guide is to inform the development of video visiting programs within a correctional setting.

Valentine's day is right around the corner.  If you will be purchasing a gift on Amazon, remember to use http://smile.am...
02/04/2020
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Valentine's day is right around the corner. If you will be purchasing a gift on Amazon, remember to use http://smile.amazon.com and choose OAR of Fairfax as the charity you would like to support! Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to OAR... and there is not additional cost to you!

It was a pleasure being on the GMU campus, sharing with students, and answering their questions about the non-profit nee...
02/03/2020

It was a pleasure being on the GMU campus, sharing with students, and answering their questions about the non-profit needs in our community.

Thank you to our friends from OAR Nova Women Giving Back NVFS and The Women's Center for joining the Community Partner Panel discussion during our LLC class today!

Thank you for the incredible work you do in our community! #LCELLC #communityengagement #learning #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

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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 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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