Friends of Guest House
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"The work of Guest House is so critical in today's world."

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Founded in 1974, Friends of Guest House is a 501(c)(3) charity that helps Northern Virginia women successfully reenter the community from incarceration.

We address healthcare, employment, education, housing and family/community reconnection: the "five pillars of livability" for post-incarceration women. In so doing, we make it possible for our clients to break the vicious cycle of crime by fully addressing its root causes.

The Guest House program works:

> Without re-entry support, 70% of ex-offenders nationwide re-offend within two years.
> Among Guest House graduates, fewer than 10% re-offend.

Since our founding, Guest House has served about 3,000 women. Most of those women are mothers, and helping mothers also helps their children: about 4,000 children, in total, over the years.

And we're expanding! The expansion started in June 2016, to increase the number of women served each year from 190 in FY2016 to 260–300 in FY2018—about a 50% increase. Learn more about our programs here.

In Northern Virginia, Guest House is the only group providing reentry support that is both comprehensive (healthcare, employment, education, housing and family/community reconnection) and tailored to women's unique needs. Elsewhere in Virginia and in other parts of the DC metro area, there are a few such programs—but only Guest House focuses on Northern Virginia.

Our work is funded by state and local government agencies, foundations, religious groups, businesses and individuals. Guest House is a member of United Way of the National Capital Area, and one of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington's “best smaller charities” for 2015–2016. Learn how you can help here.

Our Mission: To provide women the structure, supervision, support and assistance they need to transition successfully from incarceration—becoming self-sufficient and responsible members of the community.
Our Vision: Rebuilding women's lives after incarceration by providing them with the physical and emotional tools they need to begin a new life through self-sufficiency.
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.
(June 1, 2017)


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“You and your colleagues are providing a valuable service to your community and this commonwealth. You can count on me doing anything that I can do to be of assistance to you in your labor of love.”
—HAROLD W. CLARKE, Director, Virginia Department of Corrections
"Guest House is recognized as a resource on incarcerated and ex-offender women's issues and we are delighted to lend our support to their work. ... All support they can receive will be greatly appreciated as they continue to be the only program of its kind for women in Northern Virginia. The work of Guest House is so critical in today's world."
—VICKIE JOHNSON-SCOTT, Northern Regional Director, Virginia Department of Social Services
40 Years of Guest House

Friends of Guest House
One East Luray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-2025
{p} 703-549-8072 • TTY: 711 for Virginia Relay
{f} 703-549-8073

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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