Putting incarceration time to good use is a challenge. OAR provides a variety of classes, groups, to incarcerated individuals at the Arlington County Detention Facility. These jail-based programs include classes in essential life skill areas such as anger management and parenting, and basic education such as computer literacy and writing.
Community volunteers provide over 40 courses inside the detention facility. Classes offered in the past have included: Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Starting Your Own Business, Money Management. OAR also offers an employability readiness program and a vocational training program in office skills and computer proficiency.
OAR jail based programs include essential courses such as Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Health Awareness, Life and Transitional Skills, Meditation and Mindfulness, Money Management, Parenting, Impact of Crime, Expressive Arts, Creative Writing, Starting Your Own Business, Life Skills for Spanish Speakers, Computers, Employability Readiness, Substance Abuse Education, among many others..
This six-week class teaches incarcerated individuals the intricacies of conducting an effective job search, writing resumes and cover letters, presenting oneself positively in the job interview, and working productively with supervisors and other members of the team. This program is intended to promote job retention for today’s challenging workplace.
Comments from OAR Staff Instructors and Volunteers
“The “Awareness” classes I teach are participatory sessions requiring active participation of the inmates. Topics include blame, acceptance, the grieving process, perceptions, paths through life, feelings, forgiveness and depression. When I first began volunteering I had the standard prejudices and attitudes about persons incarcerated. But the participants have been eager to grow and learn and to stop the current cycle of their lives. The experience has taught me much about our common humanity.”
Ben Perchik, Volunteer