Q. Who does OAR serve?
A. OAR works with persons involved in the criminal justice system and their families. Funding restrictions may limit the availability of specific services to persons who are not Fairfax County residents. However, we also provide some services to Loudon County and Prince William County residents and anyone who is processed through the Fairfax County court system.
Q. What are the mission and vision of OAR?
A: OAR’s mission 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’s vision is to be a national model in breaking the cycle of crime and rebuilding lives for community betterment.
Q. What are OAR’s core values?
A. Our core values are:
- Belief that people can change
- Passion for our mission
Q: Why does OAR need my support?
A: Small contributions from many donors are the primary source of funds for direct assistance services. These contributions enable ex-offenders or their family members to:
Preserve or obtain housing
overcome the financial challenges associated with release
Meet the expenses of keeping a job, such as transportation, tools, and uniforms
Meet critical expenses such as electric or heating bills
Enroll in a college course or job training to improve work skills
Q: How does OAR help people in my community?
A: We have worked with offenders and their families since 1971 and understand their special needs and concerns. Putting resources into restoring offenders to become productive citizens is a good investment for the future. Diverting misdemeanor offenders into community service programs saves the court time and reduces jail costs.
OAR improves opportunities for offenders to positively transition back into the community by assisting them to develop self-sufficiency, avoid future criminal activity, and maintain sobriety. Misdemeanor offenders, who perform community service instead of serving time or other sanctions, give back to the community in a positive way. Offenders ultimately develop an optimistic attitude toward the community and their role in it, rather than feeling punished by the "system."
Volunteers from the community feel positive about preventing crime and helping offenders to become better citizens. They further assist the families of inmates.
Additionally, OAR programs prevent crime by offenders who have been restored to productive lifestyles. They also save taxpayer’s money that might have been spent for jail time, additional court time, and other services to mitigate the negative effects of criminal behavior.
Q: Does OAR participate in research relationships?
A: OAR is eager to participate in research activity that helps to evaluate our programs, provides insight into the needs of the clients we serve, and/or helps us determine client recidivism rates. Please see our Research Partnership page for more information.