In fiscal year 2015-2016, OAR sold our building and has moved to a new location in Scotts Addition. This new location will allow for continued growth in our programs as well as to provide space for strategic partnerships in the community.
OAR, our community’s largest, oldest, and most experienced nonprofit organization that provides transition and reentry services, works hard to meet the needs of pre- and post-release offenders in the greater Richmond region. OAR faced funding cuts for several years between 2006 and 2009 but has been working to diversify funding streams as well as to keep current stable funding.
OAR was founded in 1971 by volunteers who wanted to provide inmates at the Richmond City Jail a community connection through visitation and support services upon release. Incorporated in 1974, OAR was accepted as a United Way partner the following year. OAR’s downtown Central Office location was established as our first post-release site in 1990; pre- and post-release services are now provided in 5 jails, 4 prisons, and 1 community site throughout the Central Virginia region.
OAR’s target population is any person who has an adult criminal conviction and is either currently incarcerated at one of OAR’s jail or prison service locations or residing in the greater Richmond region.
Case management ervices are provided at OAR’s Central Office in downtown Richmond. Most clients are walk-ins. A case manager meets individually with each client for an intake and develops a list of service needs focusing on successful community reintegration.
OAR provides a weekly job readiness class that addresses job search techniques, interviewing skills, employer follow-up, coping on the job, etc. Other services include assistance with obtaining identification documents, a weekly jobs list, transportation for job search/interviews, resumes/applications, and work clothing/tools as needed once employment is gained. OAR also provides basic necessities (prescriptions, seasonal clothing, hygiene kits), housing assistance, life skills and individual/group substance abuse services, and referrals for services not directly provided by OAR.
There are a number of different outcomes that OAR looks at to determine success. Each client who becomes employed even if they have been searching for employment for a year or more is viewed as a success. Employed clients receive incentives for maintaining consistent employment in increments of 30 and 90 days, 6 months, and 1, 2, and 3 years. OAR's job retention has been the highest it has ever been during the last 2 years; clients are now maintaining employment for the different increments as long as or longer than the general public. We consider these results to be an indication of our providing long-term support to our clients and trying to address chronic issues such as homelessness or substance abuse prior to their getting employment.
Ultimate long-term successes would be a reduction in the number of people re-incarcerated and the costs of arrests/incarceration and an increase in public safety. OAR does not have access to criminal records and, therefore, we are not able to determine our recidivism (reconviction) rate. We have been told by our state funder that they will assist us in the near future to obtain the information we need to determine our annual recidivism rate. We are looking forward to being able to have that information since it would not only be helpful in showing the positive effect of our programs, but would also give us a better picture with which to analyze what we do, what works, and what we need to revisit.
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