Guest House collaborates with dozens of other organizations in the Northern Virginia social-services network, including other charities, independent providers (for example, counselors) and government agencies.
The following groups partner with us for specific programs that greatly enrich the services we can provide.
housing | examples
Bridges to Independence (formerly the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless) helps us close the housing gap for many clients.
Community Lodgings, Inc. rents us living quarters for eight of the 26 women in our Residential Program.
Doorways for Women and Families offers refuge and other assistance to clients in need of shelter, especially in domestic violence situations.
Wesley Housing Development Corporation, like CRS, provides transitional housing for some of our Aftercare and Outreach Program clients. Wesley is the landlord, Guest House serves as case manager; and our clients pay sliding-scale rent. "Transitional" means the women's stays are relatively short term, until they can get back on their feet and secure housing in the open market.
job training | examples
> Computer C.O.R.E. provides a six-week on-site computer-training course for the women of Guest House. Many of our residents have little or no computer training, and some have never switched on a computer—so it is very challenging for them to fill out job applications, respond to emails from children or employers, or find directions to job interviews and other appointments. When Computer C.O.R.E.'s instructors and computers come to Guest House, our clients can learn unfamiliar tasks in familiar surroundings and truly feel the excitement of expanding their job and life prospects.
> DC Central Kitchen offers a training program that provides instruction in food preparation, the use of professional kitchen tools and food sanitation, along with a management certificate and help with job searches. The 12-week program is free to residents and provides a $50 per week stipend to people who do work-training there.
> Together We Bake is a job-training program (with a focus on micro-bakeries) for Northern Virginia’s food service industry.
(Aug. 30, 2016)