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Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County (OARA), Inc.

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Causes: Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Prison Alternatives, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders


OAR, a community-based restorative justice organization, blends compassion and accountability to assist offenders in leading productive and responsible lives, to the benefit of all.

Results: Since July 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 OAR has served 1,393 clients through community service coordination, education services (281 clients), transportation assistance (505 tokens, metro cards, bus tickets), food assistance (108 clients), housing assistance (140 homeless clients), employment assistance (246 clients), and job placement (62 clients) among other services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,300

Geographic areas served: County of Arlington, Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Washington DC

Programs: OAR provides programs in the areas of: Community Service; Educational and Instructional Programming (pre & post-release); and Employment and Reentry Services (post-release). All of our programs aim to prepare offenders and ex-offenders to re-enter society as productive, educated and responsible members of society and to assist their families. OAR provides community service placement, educational and vocational courses, case management, referrals, and scholarships to offenders and ex-offenders.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OARA is one of the Arlington Interfaith Council's Helping Hands, organizations the AIC supports that provide unique services to residents. I have been associated with OAR for the past two+ years and have marveled at the ways the help offenders reenter the community after paying their debt to society. I have attended their tours and have seen how organized they are and the many lives they have touched. They are providing an invaluable service to the community and helping to reduce the vicious cycle of imprisonment.