OAR believes in second chances. With a jurisdiction covering Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, it works with hundreds of men and women each year before and after incarceration ensuring that each is ready for a new life and is unlikely to re-offend. Committed to restorative justice, staff listen compassionately and help identify goals and strengths. Employment, housing, and supportive relationships are key to a successful transition and OAR assists with all three, from finding a suit for a job interview to providing the funds for a security deposit. Classes at detention centers cover employability, health, and parenting; a post-release employment program offers assistance with job applications and interview training. And for those at highest risk of re-offending, OAR provides even more support. The recidivism rate for clients actively engaged in these reentry programs is a mere 8%. OAR also oversees youth and adults who contribute more than $3.3 million annually in community service hours. Second chances will not be wasted here.

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 (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington (OAR) is: $1 million to $3 million
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