OAR sees mass incarceration as one of the leading civil rights issues of our time, and as COVID-19 intersects with Black Lives Matter, its work is more urgent than ever. Pre-release services are provided virtually within detention facilities and post-release support is being offered to more people over a longer period of time case management, employment and housing assistance, basic needs. OAR also helps secure identification, access cell phones, and navigate family reunification. Because community service can be an alternative sentencing option for more than 1,000 persons annually, OAR facilitates this helping people stay in their jobs, schools, and families, and avoiding the lifelong burdens of incarceration. September saw the launch of the first of three multiple-month anti-racist learning cohorts. Educating the community about racial inequity in the criminal legal system is a critical step in 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 (FY2015)

  • $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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