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> Attend an event. We host fundraisers and "friendraisers," and many generous community supporters have events for us, too. Stay informed here.

> Feature a Guest House speaker. Learn more about Friends of Guest House and prisoner re-entry issues in our communities. More info here.

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> Click here to learn more about being in our program (a Client Application is included here).

 

(Oct. 26, 2016)

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and attend to them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

—MEWLANA JALALUDDIN RUMI
(1207–1273)
Poem translated by
Coleman Barks
 
 
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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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