PEER TO PEER Support & Empowerment.  

PRODUCING REAL RESULTS THROUGH

TRAINING, MENTORING, Professional Development, Mind/Body Work

& Community Events 

Our Mission

Arm & Arm's mission is to empower individuals returning home from incarceration & veterans with tools that will enable them to make rational evaluations of themselves, their situations, and their circumstances, and then make healthy and proactive decisions, as they navigate their way back into society.

Assistance & Support

Arm & Arm's empathetic approach encourages & supports our members during their family & community building / rebuilding process. Through topic discussion groups, workshops, & by attending community & social events as a team.

     Last Meeting/Event

 Registration has ended for, the Dec 3rd PRS Training at 99 Tremont St. Manassas Park, VA 20111.  The next Training will be held in Prince William County during the month of April

Upcoming Meeting/Event

Arm & Arm has partnered with Mason & Partners, Potomac Foundation and Prince William County Health District to bring a FREE PRS Training to the qualifying residents of Prince William County.  The Training will be held in April 2019.

Recent Corresponce:  

To Whom It May Concern.

 

Arm & Arm under the leadership of Kelvin Manurs welcomes all suggestions and ideas that might promote the success of its mission to achieve successful rehabilitation for all their members. Help each other receive not only food for the table but also food for the soul. So for the last 5 years, Kelvin Manurs has work with Opera NOVA to have his members experience some aspect of the joy or happiness experienced by attending a classical opera, especially one adapted to please  a student audience such as Mozart’s Magic Flute or The Barber of Seville.   And then he encouraged them to write a letter to President Barack Obama about the opera experience.

 

Kelvin Manurs is concerned about the impact on the children whose parent is or was incarcerated and has raised his concern to his members, sought Opera NOVA’s help and has already started taking the first step to identify these children and to  make them special invitees to Opera NOVA’s annual opera for children to be sure they are introduced to the world of wonder and imagination .

 

Innocence

By Matt Ford

Smithsonian Magazine-January-February 2017 cover says The Forgotten Plight of Children

With more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family life. For the estimated 2.7 million American children who have a parent behind bars, incarceration is not just a sentence served by a single individual. It’s a reality that reverberates through an entire family.

 

Arm & Arm is always expanding its “public” service not solely to fellow former inmates but to the community as a whole. Joining Arm & Arm restores hope and belief in personal worthiness. It is an antidote to shame, loss of dignity, and a sense of self-worth. Each “fractured “life” that becomes a productive family and civic member enhances the entire community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Miriam Miller, President

Opera NOVA

Mr. Kelvin Manurs

Founder & Executive Director

Arm & Arm

Dear Arm & Arm,

 


I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for the work your organization has done to assist returning citizens as they transition back into the community. It is because of your assistance and the valued services your organization provides such as workshops, group discussions and community events aimed at assisting returning citizens in cognitive thinking and coping skills that formerly incarcerated Virginians across the Northern Virginia community are able to successfully transition back into society.

Your organization's commitment to formerly incarcerated Veterans further demonstrates your dedication to providing second chances.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if there is anything we can assist you with in the future.

Sincerely,

 

Kelly Thomasson

Secretary of the Commonwealth

My name is Debbie Howard and I am the transition specialist at Haynesville Correctional Center.  I have had the opportunity to have Mr. Manurs come to HCC on several occasions to help support the re-entry process and our returning citizens.  I meet Mr. Manurs through a returning citizen who left HCC and went back to the Northern Va. area.  Needless to say because of the connection he had with Mr. Manurs and the support from Arm & Arm I too welcomed the knowledge and support of the organization. So, before I knew it Arm & Arm was at my resource fairs and Kelvin went a step further, he took it upon himself to come and speak to population as well as the Veteran dorm.  With the collaboration of Kelvin along with Arm & Arm there was a connection to the population.  There was a need to have someone who understood the plight the men will go through with their transition once they are released back into society.  HCC and Arm & Arm will continue to work together in the future to break down the walls of the returning citizens.  We will continue to let them know there are supportive agencies and organizations willing to go the extra miles.  Please continue to keep up the extraordinary work you do in supporting our returning citizens and getting the right information out to them.

 

Best Regards,

 

Debbie Howard/OWDS

Haynesville Correctional Center

 

"Transformation for a situation brings information, appreciation and a road well traveled and less taken. Thank you Kelvin and the efforts of the Governor and all who believe in being the example and pulling the next man up by his boots until he can tie his knots in life. You are my hero SIR!"

 

Philip Baxter,

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