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Offender Aid and Restoration

Offender Aid and Restoration is an organization that started in Richmond, Virginia devoted to helping those who have been incarcerated to gain and maintain employment. According to OAR, some of the benefits of hiring OAR clients is that they are:

  • Eager to work
  • Have received job readiness training
  • Have a variety of skills
  • Receive ongoing supportive services such as case management and employment incentives from OAR


Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc, a private nonprofit organization, has been assisting inmates and ex-offenders since 1974. OAR offers community-managed programs in Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church aimed at restoring offenders to the community as productive and responsible citizens.

Alternative sentencing options help reduce overcrowding of local jails and provide services to community organizations. Programs for inmates and ex-offenders reduce recidivism, expand career options, build family stability, and enhance community life. Coordination with state and local criminal justice agencies facilitates the delivery of exceptional inmate programs and assists probationers and parolees in meeting their community supervision obligations. Trained volunteers support a variety of jail-based classes, groups and individual assistance.

These efforts, in their cumulative impact, are restorative, healing and enduring for the entire community.

Programs and Services We Offer

Supervised community service as an alternative to incarceration
Programs, classes and transition assistance for inmates
Re-entry services and employment counseling for ex-offenders

Training and supervision of a dedicated corps of community volunteers
Assistance and support for the families of inmates
The Catherine P. Schnittker Educational Scholarship
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