Guest House Begins Major Expansion

JULY 24, 2013 … In December, Virginia’s Department of Corrections (VADOC) reached out to Guest House with a proposal: could we add seven beds to our 10-bed Residential Program? VADOC would cover part of the new costs just as it has covered part of our residential costs for many years—with Guest House raising the balance. More beds would mean more funds for us to raise in challenging economic times. But we could not say “no” and stay true to our cause. So on a wing and a prayer, we said “yes.” By May, we were ready to welcome, not 10-at-a-time, but 17-at-a-time Residential Program clients.

We staffed up. Through the Alexandria housing charity, Community Lodgings, we contracted more space: two two-bedroom apartments, side by side. The apartments needed everything, so we asked our supporters for help. The response was tremendous! For example, UPS sent volunteers for the heaviest moving. Alexandria activists Allison DiNardo, Pat Miller and Cathy Puskar inspired donations of many items, from bed linens to dining tables. Other Guest House supporters gave generously, too. Noted Pat Miller, “It’s an extremely worthy cause!”

$100,000 needed by June 2014: Finally, we have launched an expansion fund-raising campaign with the goal of $100,000 by June 2014—because “seven more beds” means more than, at first, it may seem. The three-to-four–month Residential Program will now serve up to 28 more women each year; and as the women move to independent living and continued support through our six-to-nine–month Aftercare Program, that program, too, will grow. All told, the one-year Residential-to-Aftercare Program continuum will grow by 35%.

Friends of Guest House calls on all supporters to help!

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RELATED VIDEOS:
• "28 More Women" - introduction by Kari Galloway, Executive Director (1:20)
• "28 More Women" - public service announcement (0:57)

 

 

 
 
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