Established in the 1970s when the restorative justice movement began, OAR walks alongside individuals returning from incarceration on their journeys home. It offers pre-release workshops in detention facilities so individuals can learn about reentry issues, participate in group psychotherapy, and plan their transitions. After release, OAR assists them with immediate needs (securing identification, accessing cell phones) and provides longer-term case management and employment support, including gender-responsive therapeutic services for female-identifying individuals. To help more people stay in the community and out of incarceration facilities, OAR facilitates community service as an alternative sentencing option and offers a diversion program to reduce recidivism. In virtual three-month cohorts for the public, it guides community members through dismantling racial inequity in the criminal legal system. OAR addresses liberation one step at a time changing hearts, minds, and laws.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

  • Number of clients served annually:   2,475
  • Number of clients with children:   491
  • Number of homeless clients:   223
  • OAR Employment Program recidivism rate:   5.9%
  • Success rate of community service clients:   86%

Awards & Recognition

Nonprofit of the Year, awarded by the Leadership Center for Excellence, 2016

Nonprofit of the Year, awarded by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, 2015

Best Workplaces for Commuters, awarded by Arlington Transportation Partners, 2015


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for OAR of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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