In Northern Virginia, just five Probation-and-Parole offices supervise over 1,300 recently released women. Many leave prison with just the clothes on their backs and a few dollars for the trip home; most face multiple challenges, including poverty, joblessness, health problems, and broken relationships. Here, Guest House intervenes. Through its residential program, up to 17 nonviolent, female ex-offenders live in group homes for three to four months. While there, clients find employment, learn life-skills (financial management, fitness, conflict resolution), build support systems, and secure safe housing. Then, a six- to nine-month aftercare program helps them navigate the challenges of independent living. These programs work wonders, dropping the two-year re-offense rate from 70% to less than 10%. Case management is also available for women reentering society directly from prison, offering tailored support as they rebuild their lives. Studies show that assisting reentering mothers (two-thirds of Guest House’s 150 annual clients) helps prevent their children from becoming the next generation of prisoners. Your support here changes lives.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

Guest House is a recognized resource on incarcerated/ex-offender women's issues. In 2010, Gov. McDonnell asked Guest House Executive Director Kari Galloway to chair the Focus Area Committee on Women's Re-Entry of the Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Re-Entry Council. For her Guest House work, Galloway was honored in 2011 by the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau and Alexandria Commission for Women. Guest House's other recognitions have included the Caron Organization's Organizational Advocacy Award (2010).


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