Better Business Bureau Report for
Offender Aid & Restoration of Richmond, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Offender Aid & Restoration of Richmond, Inc.
Address: 1 North 3rd St. Ste. 200
  Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-643-2746
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1974, Virginia
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: OAR enhances public safety by providing individuals and families affected by incarceration with transition services that support safe and successful reintegration into the community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Offender Aid & Restoration of Richmond, Inc. (OAR) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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OAR Program Description Pre-release case management services are provided at 5 local jail sites and 4 partner prisons: Richmond City Jail, Henrico County Jail, Henrico County Regional Jail, Pamunkey Regional Jail, Chesterfield County Jail, Fluvanna Correctional Center, James River Correctional Center, Powhatan Correctional Center and Virtinia Correctional Center for Women. Pre-release services provided by case managers, volunteers, and community partners include, but are not limited to: support groups (AA, NA), educational groups (Productive Citizenship, Parenting, Anger Management, Male Responsibility, Healthy Relationships), tutoring, housing placement assistance, in-jail and community resource referrals, and transition planning for inmates in OAR's partner prisons. During FY 2011 a total of 14,417 units of pre-release services were provided to 1,610 clients at OAR’s services sites. Post-release case management services are provided at the Central Office in downtown Richmond and until September, 2011, at a satellite office in Petersburg. The Post-release services case manager meets individually with each client, prepares an intake summary, and develops a list of service needs and assets with the client. The majority of post-release clients request employment assistance. Post-release case managers facilitate a three-hour Orientation and Job Readiness Class each week that addresses job search techniques, resume writing, interviewing skills, answering questions about criminal record in an interview, employer follow-up, etc. OAR provides a weekly jobs list, transportation for job search and interviews, resume assistance, and work clothes, work tools, and work boots once employment is secured. During the past five years one of the largest requests for services has been assistance with getting identification documents, e.g. Social Security card, birth certificate, and DMV photo ID. When Central Office clients obtain permanent employment, the case manager provides budgeting/money management, housing, and supportive assistance, follows up with employers, and provides incentives to clients who maintain consistent full-time employment for 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years. In addition to employment services, OAR provides basic necessities (food referrals, seasonal clothing, hygiene kits, prescription medications), substance abuse services (NA support groups, individual and group substance abuse counseling, placement in residential facilities), housing assistance, and other community resource referrals for services not directly provided by OAR. During FY 2011 a total of 33,681 units of service were provided to 2,069 post-release clients.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, OAR's program expenses were:

Pre/Post Release Services 597,347
OAR Second Chance Program 126,838
RCJ Second Chance Program 40,339
RCJ PRI Program 37,543
Total Program Expenses: $802,067
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Chief Executive : Barbara A. Slayden, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: D. Ross Patterson, Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Financial Consultant

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 14

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

grant proposals, Annual Meeting invitation
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $844,922, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on OAR's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Dept. of Criminal Justice Services 376,834
US Dept. of Justice 207,309
City of Richmond 124,340
United Way 111,828
Contributions 16,023
United Way Donor Designations 8,588
Interest 210
Total Income $845,132


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $845,132
Program expenses $802,067
Fund raising expenses 11,067
Administrative expenses 47,172
Total expenses $860,306
Expenses in Excess of Income (15,174)
Beginning net assets 1,016,036
Ending net assets 1,000,862
Total liabilities 44,892
Total assets $1,045,754

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