Employment for Justice-Involved Veterans Discussion – Dec 5

Fairfax County Veterans Collaborative

The next Fairfax County Veteran Collaborative is Tuesday, December 5 from 1 – 3 pm at the Patrick Henry Library (101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA 22180)

Following our great conversation about employment for veterans in October, we had a very relevant topic come up that needed more thorough discussion – employment for Justice-Involved Veterans. For our December meeting, we will highlight employment services, as well, as some behavioral health services for our justice-involved veterans. We’ll have a group of presenters that will help us shed light on some of the resources and services available in the region.

OAR Fairfax

Dana Hayden, Director of Programs for OAR Fairfax will be in attendance and providing an overview of programs and services available to persons involved in the criminal justice system in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties.

OAR provides pre and post-release services to address criminogenic needs and coach offenders as they prepare to re-integrate into their communities. OAR case managers meet with interested individuals and together they do a risk needs assessment and create a risk-based case plan.

OAR offers:

  • Pre-release classes like Release Planning, Fatherhood, Anger Management, Employment Skills and more
  • Emergency assistance, including food, clothing, and transportation on the day of release from the Adult Detention Center
  • Employment assistance, including resume preparation, employer referrals, and job readiness funding. Help obtaining work uniforms, tools, transportation, and job training scholarships
  • Family Support Group

Virginia Employment Commission 

Edward Dupass and Chris Finta are two of the Northern Virginia’s Lead Local Veteran Employment Representatives for the Jobs for Veterans State Grant co-located with the Virginia Employment Commission.

The Virginia Employment Commission supports veterans and transitioning servicemembers from all periods of military service through job referral, job training and job placement assistance through Local Veterans Employment Representatives, located at VEC offices throughout the state. The VEC also provides resources to ex-offenders including Federal Bonding, Virginia Civil Rights Restoration and public assistance.

Arm & Arm 

Mike Marburg & Kelvin Manurs, with Arm & Arm, will provide an overview of their holistic “mind-body” services to returning citizens and veterans as they re-enter society. The services truly change behavior, resolve past trauma, and improve resilience through leading edge cognitive + somatic recovery techniques that can be self-sustained over time. The approach is peer-led to ensure engagement, and provides an ongoing support post-release to help members stay the course.

The Fairfax County Veterans Collaborative meet every other month on the first Tuesday from 1 – 3 pm. The meetings are free and open to the public. County, state, federal organizations, nonprofits, and other community organizations that support military, veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Veterans are encouraged to attend.

Interested in attending?

Contact Christy Kenady at ckenady@every-mind.org or 703-288-5355 to be added to the distribution list and for further information on dates, times and meeting locations.