Community & Peer Support

Mentoring, Inspiring, and Igniting Hope.

Community & Peer Support

Each OAA support forum is responsible for organizing revitalization and stabilization efforts to enhance, improve, and promote safety in the communities they serve. 

Community efforts include but are not limited to:

  • Clean up and trash removal
  • Serving elderly, sick and disabled residents
  • Engaging youth in healthy activity and dialogue
  • Community events
  • Referral services
  • Vacant lot
  • Angel Tree

OAA Support Forums

Peer to Peer Support is sharing of encouragement and knowledge between individuals with similar life experiences. This is how we coach those who are seeking a different way of life.

Weekly support forums offer:

  • Peer to peer support
  • Fellowship
  • Acceptance with no judgment because we have been there and we understand
  • A place to solve mutual dilemmas and issues
  • A place to share known resources
  • Engage family members

The newly returning citizens gain wisdom and networking opportunities from other former prisoners who are already stable, working, and connected with the local community. The process generates a cycle of “offenders helping offenders.” Seasoned members of the group will connect with newcomers, call them on the phone regularly, and invite them back for Monday meetings and Saturday service projects.

OAA Inside

Now we return inside the walls voluntarily to mentor, to inspire, and to ignite hope. There is a tremendous impact when former offenders return behind the walls to share their own experiences with success. It makes a difference that we have been there and are now willing to come back. 

The Alabama & Georgia Departments of Corrections embrace the work of OAA. Currently, OAA hosts forums at the Atlanta Metro Reentry Facility and at three of the largest prisons in Alabama – Limestone Correctional Facility, Bibb Correctional Facility, and St. Clair Correctional Facility.