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"Former Inmates Turn Trash Into Treasure At This Sustainable Nonprofit": Refoundry
Here is a great idea! The Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Refoundry, trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings. It's part "dumpster diving" (as one participant called it), part workshop and part small-business incubator. … Watch the video
"Women In Jail Are Fastest Growing Segment Of America’s Incarcerated Population"
"In 1970, there were fewer than 8,000 women in American jails. By 2014, that number had skyrocketed to nearly 110,000—making women in jails the fastest growing segment of America’s incarcerated population" (Huffington Post). Source: 2016 report by the Vera Institute of Justice & the Safety and Justice Challenge. Read news story - or - download full report or fact sheet.
“You Have What It Takes”: JENNY'S STRUGGLE FOR A JOB
Work hard and you’ll succeed. Right? That's right. Unless you’ve been incarcerated, as Jenny found out most painfully. In January 2007, at age 40, Jenny McDaniel came to Guest House. She was determined to get her life on track. She’d been in and out of incarceration … Read the story
McAuliffe restores voting rights to 13,000 felons
"One month after the state Supreme Court threw out his blanket clemency order, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he has individually restored voting rights to 13,000 felons and is working on doing the same for a total of about 200,000." (Aug. 22, The Washington Post) … Read the story. Or see "Virginia's Ex-Felons - Restoration of Rights" special section on Friends of Guest House website.
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In Northern Virginia, Friends of Guest House helps women make the difficult transition from incarceration back into the community.

Friends of Guest House, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) public charity: Federal tax ID #51-0201327. Gifts to Guest House are tax-deductible as provided by law.

 

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