Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)

The Offender Aid and Restoration movement began in 1968 when a group of concerned citizens led by Jay Worrall, Jr. responded to a prison riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. These citizens envisioned an improved criminal justice system in which restorative justice was the driving force. They believed that incarcerated individuals could be assisted by trained volunteers from the community, and through ongoing contact with community volunteers it was hoped that they would be empowered with information and encouraged to transform their experiences toward responsible and productive lives.

The movement offered offenders alternatives to sanctioned incarceration, such as community service and instructional programs. The ultimate goal was to break the costly cycle of recidivism and create a more just system. OAR’s model community service program was incorporated as OAR/USA in 1973. Today, there are six OARs providing services through independent offices in Virginia, New Jersey, and Indiana.

OAR works with:
Individuals who have been incarcerated in the Arlington or Alexandria detention facilities;
Individuals who have been incarcerated anywhere in the country and are returning to live in Arlington, the City of Alexandria, or the City of Falls Church; and
Individuals who are mandated by the Arlington or Falls Church courts to complete community service hours.

Contact: 

Lisa Transgrud

Latest News

Everyone will have noticed by now a slow-down in the project. This is due to our main contractor, NKB, walking off the job on August 1 and informing us by letter that they could not complete the work.

On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., we will welcome guest preacher Rev. Sid Lovett for a service focused on peace and specifically the important work of the US Institute for Peace. Following worship, join together for a congregational lunch to catch up with the Rock Spring family after the summer.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.