JAN. 4, 2017 ... Thank you, Giving Circle of HOPE, for selecting Friends of Guest House as one of eight Nonprofit Partners for 2016! The selection, announced in early December, comes with a $7,000 grant toward our Workforce Development Project: a job advancement initiative tailored to the unique needs of reentering ex-offenders who are women.
"We are thrilled to have this support," says Kari Galloway, Executive Director of Friends of Guest House. "As a charity for women, we are especially honored to have the support of this women's philanthropic group—dedicated to 'Give, Serve, Learn and Lead' throughout Northern Virginia since 2004. Women helping women means so much to the reentering women we serve."
A landmark study by the National Employment Law Project, 65 Million "Need Not Apply," says "major companies as well as smaller employers routinely deny people with criminal records any opportunity to establish their job qualifications." Guest House and our clients know that all too well. And hiring discrimination is just one job hurdle ex-offenders face. Many must learn job-hunting basics for the first time. They need skills, of course. If hired, the learning curve continues.
Those hurdles look awfully high to reentering women, almost all of whom are also beset by challenges such as poverty, low literacy, mental and physical illness, responsibility for minor children and homelessness. The women easily stumble without a helping hand. The Giving Circle of HOPE will allow us to extend that helping hand through the Workforce Development Project.
The Giving Circle of HOPE, says its website, "now includes over 100 individuals. Collectively we have raised and awarded nearly $1,000,000 to improve our local community. Service programs change to reflect our members’ passions and local needs. Over the years, the Giving Circle of HOPE has become a leader in local philanthropy by making vital connections, providing resources and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, engaging in advocacy, furthering education, and awarding grants." Visit the Giving Circle's website to learn more.