Guest House is the only reentry program in Northern Virginia that comprehensively addresses the unique needs of formerly incarcerated women — spanning healthcare, jobs, housing, and more. Its six-month, 24/7 residential program offers reentering women a supportive environment as they rebuild their lives. Clients work with case managers to develop tailored re-entry plans while attending workforce training and life skills classes designed specifically for justice-involved women. Once affordable, safe housing is secured (through Guest House’s transitional home or through nonprofit partnerships), a nine-month aftercare program helps clients navigate the challenges of independent living. Case management is also available for women reentering society directly from incarceration. Each year, these programs benefit more than 250 women — as well as some 300 children whose futures depend on the help and stability their mothers find today.

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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