Friends of Guest House


Friends of Guest House clients support each other through group therapy.


Friends of Guest House provides reentry support to formerly incarcerated women in Northern Virginia, comprehensively and through a gendered lens.

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. Recently, we launched an expansion to increase the number of women served each year from 190 in FY2016 to 260–300 in FY2018—about a 50% increase.

We serve our clients through three core programs: the Residential-to-Aftercare continuum and the non-residential Outreach Program.

The programs focus on the "five pillars of liveability" for formerly incarcerated women:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Employment
  3. Education
  4. Housing
  5. Family/community reconnection

Spanning the Residential, Aftercare and Outreach Programs, we provide case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, life skills training—and direct help or community referrals for healthcare, education, vocational training, job placement, housing, emergency needs (food, shelter, etc.), child custody and, generally, navigating the post-incarceration environment in constructive ways.

We also run a Speakers Bureau.

Friends of Guest House works as part of the larger Northern Virginia social-services network, referring our clients for special services and receiving client referrals as well. Formal partnerships with several groups have expanded the range of services our clients receive.

We work in all seven jurisdictions of Northern Virginia: the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, Loudoun County and Prince William County.

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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"When I came to Friends of Guest House, I couldn't read or write, never had a job in my life and had been a heroin addict for 27 years. Today I'm general manager of [a pet daycare]. And I owe it all to Guest House. This is a safe place to have people believe in you when you don't believe in yourself."
—JENNY (client)

“They loved me when I couldn’t love myself. They gave me my life back, when nobody else would give me anything.”
—TERRY (client)

40 Years of Guest House


Friends of Guest House
One East Luray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-2025
{p} 703-549-8072
{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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