Thank you for your interest in Friends of Guest House!
Guest House offers community-based programs for recently incarcerated women who are on supervision: the Residential-to-Aftercare Programs and the nonresidential Outreach Program. We are regulated by the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Here is more detailed information about becoming a Guest House client. Scroll down the whole webpage to read everything. Or view a specific section by clicking in the list, just below:
1. the programs
3. application process & necessary documentation
4. overview of the Guest House rules
5. other places to turn for help
|APPLICATION PACKETS. Each program has a packet, with program information and application forms. There are two ways to complete the forms: (1) print out the forms & fill them in by hand; or (2) open the forms & fill them in online. Select a program below:
Residential Program packet (PDF 295 KB)
Outreach Program packet (PDF 199 KB)
1. the programs
The Residential-to-Aftercare Program consists of two parts, both of which have to be completed for a successful completion from the Guest House Program and to take part in the graduation.
PART 1. RESIDENTIAL (ABOUT 3 MONTHS):
Group home environment, filled with structured services and support. Please keep in mind that some of the outlined services mentioned below are mandatory. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Individual case management
- Group meetings
- Life skills development workshops
- Support groups
- Employment and vocational assistance
- Educational assistance
- Housing assistance
- One-on-one mentoring
- Referrals to community resources
PART 2. AFTERCARE (6-9 MONTHS):
This portion is mandatory to successfully complete the program. Continued services and support that further the initial work that was begun during the Residential component. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Case management
- Expansion of support system
- Workshops and groups
- Referrals to counseling and therapy
- Socialization activities
- Referrals to other community resources
This is a nonresidential program for women reentering the community directly from incarceration.
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To be eligible to participate in the Guest House program, applicants must:
- Be serious about making changes in their lives and able to function in a highly structured environment. Be ready to give examples of positive actions you have taken that show your commitment to change your life
- Have only non-violent offenses
- Have been free of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs for 3 months
- Be on state Probation or Parole
- Be in compliance with Probation & Parole
Priority is given to those from the Northern Virginia area: Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William - and - Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.
Friends of Guest House, Inc., has a policy and demonstrates a practice of non-discrimination as it relates to the operation of the organization, including service delivery, on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental health, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected by law.
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3. Application Process & Necessary Documentation
Your application will be considered after we have received all of the five items listed below. Once your application is complete, we will schedule a phone interview with you. After the interview, a decision concerning your application will be made and you will be notified.
1. Completed application. Download a program packet, including more information and application forms. Residential/Aftercare Program - or - Outreach Program.
2. Tell Us Your Story: Please write the story of your current situation and what lead you to this point. Be sure to include you future goals, and how Guest House could help you attain those goals. A sheet for you to write your story is provided at the end of the application.
||In telling your story, please note:
||No putting yourself down. Your story needs to be respectful of what you have lived through. Your story should reflect the deepest understanding you have about yourself and what you have survived without harsh blame.
||If you have a history of trauma or violence, do not provide details about it now. This might include child abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence. While these may be very important parts of your life and highly connected to your addiction or behavior, it may not be safe to talk about them yet. Trauma is known to be upsetting, and you may be surprised by how much feeling will emerge if you describe it. For now, it is OK to leave it out or just mention it in a few words without going into detail.
||Include the good as well as the bad. Tell us about what you have done right. Perhaps you have reached out for help at points, made it through some tough times, or had positive moments along the way. No matter how awful, there were ways you got though it – notice these good sides, too.
||Look for themes. Many people find insights as they tell their story. Look for discoveries – a new understanding of why you did what you did and a sense of compassion for how hard it has been.
3. Consent for release of information, to allow Guest House to request necessary information on your behalf. This form is in the application.
4. A physical exam within the past six months, including the date and results of your TB/PPD test.
5. A copy of your Pre-sentence Investigation Report (PSI).
NOTE: Guest House will request a copy of your physical exam and your PSI after receiving your signed and dated Consent of Release of Confidential Information form.
|Please send all items to:
Friends of Guest House
1 East Luray Avenue
Alexandria, VA, 22301
|Or fax items to:
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4. overview of the Guest House rules
- There is a no-tolerance drug, alcohol, and violence policy.
- All medications must be turned in to staff and distributed by staff.
- Chores are assigned to each resident to be completed at the beginning and end of each day.
- Cell phones, pagers and personal vehicles are not allowed. There is a phone in the living area for residents to use during the hours of 7am-11pm in 15 minute intervals.
- All money received by residents must be turned in to staff, and the money will be placed in an account and received by resident at time of exit. Each resident is allowed to request a maximum of $80.00 a week from their account, at the discretion of their case manager. Exceptions are made for such things as restitution, child support, court fines or attorney fees.
- All residents are required to save money while at Guest House.
- All food is provided to residents and is prepared by residents. No food is allowed in resident bedrooms.
- All resident rooms, bags, and person are subject to search by staff at any time.
- A washer/dryer and detergent are provided for residents to do laundry between the hours of 6am-11pm.
- Residents are required to attend the mandatory meetings organized by Guest House, Monday through Thursday, as well as attend at least three individual meetings outside of Guest House per week.
- Residents are required to fill out and submit Destination Sheets outlining where they are going, when they are leaving, and when they will return. This Destination Sheet will be reviewed and signed by the residents’ case manager. Residents must also sign in and out in a logbook, with a staff signature confirmation.
- Residents will be assigned a case manager. It is mandatory that all residents participate in case management. Missing meetings with your case manager will cause the resident to have privileges restricted.
- Residents will be assigned a mentor. It is mandatory that residents maintain their appointments with their mentor. Missing appointments with your mentor will cause the resident to have privileges restricted.
- All mail received by residents is to be opened in front of staff.
- After the first three weeks at Guest House, residents are eligible for a four hour pass. After one month (31-60 days) a resident will be eligible for one transition visit of 24 hours. At 61-90 days, a resident will be eligible for two transition visits. These visits cannot interfere with work or mandatory meetings. After 90 days, a resident will be eligible for weekly transition visits. All passes are approved or denied at the discretion of a residents’ case manager.
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5. OTHER PLACES TO TURN for help
Here are other places in Northern Virginia that might help, depending on your need.
Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically! (ALIVE!): An organization of volunteers working together to help those in need in Alexandria. ALIVE! helps thousands of Alexandrians annually with shelter, low-cost childcare & education; financial help with housing, utilities, medical care and other critical needs. Website: http://www.alive-inc.org/ Phone: 703-837-9300
Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University: Works to improve outcomes from the correctional system and advance scientific knowledge about effective interventions. Website: http://www.gmuace.org/ Phone: 703-993-9699
City of Alexandria Community and Human Services & Arlington County Human Services: They provide a wide array of services to residents from all income levels.
> ALEXANDRIA: Website: http://alexandriava.gov/DCHS Phone: 703-746-HELP
> ARLINGTON: Website: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/HumanServices/HumanServicesMain Phone: 703-228-1300
Food for Others: The largest distributor of free food to people in need in Northern Virginia. They provide a safety net for people who face unforeseen emergencies.
Website: http://www.foodforothers.org/ Phone: (703) 207-9173
Jobs for Felons Hub: This "website is dedicated to helping those who have gone through the criminal justice system and are looking for successful reentry into society." Website: http://www.jobsforfelonshub.com/
Lazarus Ministry: Christ Church in Alexandria actively helps their community. They offer financial and family crisis assistance. Website: http://www.historicchristchurch.org/get-involved/let-us-help/lazarus-ministry Phone: 703-549-1450
Legal Action Center, "Advocacy Toolkit to Combat Legal Barriers Facing Individuals with Criminal Records": They highlight the difficulties that individuals with criminal records face when trying to reenter the community. Many very interesting readings that really show the uphill battle people face when they are coming out of incarceration. Website: http://lac.org/toolkits/Introduction.htm
Phone: 212-243-1313 (New York City)
Offender Aid and Restoration (Arlington County and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church) & Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (Fairfax County) (OAR): Provider of offender services. They offer jail-based education & career development, supervised community services, employment counseling, and various professional reentry services.
> ARLINGTON, ALEXANDRIA & FALLS CHURCH: Website: http://oaronline.org/ Phone: 703-228-7030
> FAIRFAX: Website: http://www.oarfairfax.org/ Phone: 703-246-3033
Pro Bono Net: Virginia's online poverty law resource. Resources for pro bono & legal services attorneys, law professionals, and law students to assist in your representation. For attorneys, membership in Pro Bono Net required. Access via website only. Website: http://www.probono.net/va/
VaCares - Virginia CARES: Operates a statewide network of ex-offender reentry programs to provide transitional assistance, financial aid, employment training & career development services, as well as human relations & self-awareness training.
Website: http://www.vacares.org/ Phone: 540-342-9344 (Roanoke)
Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC): Resource to find referrals and probation & parole information for Virginia. Website: http://www.vadoc.virginia.gov/ Phone: 804-674-3000 (Richmond)
Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC): For legal assistance and referrals. Serves Virginia's legal aid system by providing advocacy, training, and litigation support on civil justice issues that affect low-income Virginians. Website: http://www.vplc.org/ Phone: 804-782-9430 (Richmond).
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(Jan. 26, 2017)