This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Friends of Guest House

What Is Friends of Guest House?

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The only program of its kind in Northern Virginia, Friends of Guest House has offered structure,supervision, support and assistance to women who sincerely want to improve their lives and break the cycle of incarceration for over 35 years. Residents receive the physical and emotional tools they need to begin a new life through self-sufficiency, and leave with hope and a brighter future.

What is Friends of Guest House’s Mission?

To provide female ex-offenders the structure, supervision, support and assistance they need to become self-sufficient and responsible members of the community.

Program Highlights:

Residential Program: Typically four months long, 10 residents at a time receive referrals for counseling, substance abuse, mental health, housing and community resources, as well as assistance with employment, education and vocational options. The Residential program has 24/7 staff available on-site.

Aftercare Program: This optional program may last six to nine months and is targeted toward women who have graduated from the residential program. They have access to an expanded Support System, workshops and group interaction, housing assistance, socialization activities and referrals to community resources.

Outreach Program: Guest House’s Outreach Specialists serve women transitioning directly from incarceration to the community. The program offers both short-term assistance and longer-term case management and support services. Correction officials refer clients to our Outreach Specialist, who also routinely visits regional jails and prisons and engages directly with women needing support and assistance.

Speaker’s Program: Residents learn confidence and gain self-esteem as they learn public speaking skills and talk to and educate elected officials and other groups about their journey and needs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fill a wish list: Friends of Guest House always needs personal hygiene, metro cards, food, office supplies, household goods (bed linens, towels) and miscellaneous items. Please call (703) 549-8072 to make a donation or click here for a comprehensive list.

Mentor a client: Our clients need committed mentors to teach them life and job skills. Please call (703) 549-8072 to find out more.

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Thanks ACT, Jane and the whole community for the ongoing support and enthusiasm for our very important work!

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