The Friends of Guest House Outreach Program is non-residential, that is, it serves women transitioning directly from incarceration to the community. Established in 2007, the program offers short-term assistance or longer-term case management and support, depending on the specific client's needs.
Visiting prisons and liaising with probation-and-parole offices, our Outreach Specialists reach out to pre- and post-release women to let them know about the assistance we provide.
> We help some women meet needs as basic as food and clothing.
> We help others navigate the public-assistance bureaucracies to obtain services they require.
> Acquiring housing is one of our clients’ most difficult challenges due to their incarceration histories. Yet unless these women have safe, stable and affordable housing, they cannot move forward in other areas: for example, employment, education and family reunification. Our Outreach Specialists help with housing.
> Likewise, because they have criminal records, our clients find their job applications, rental housing applications and even educational applications rejected again and again—making it almost impossible to build independent lives. Employment is a major focus of our Outreach staff.
Along with the other Guest House programs, Outreach is expanding: from 90 women in FY2016 to about 110 women in FY2018.
(Oct. 12, 2016)