Friends of Guest House


Be part of a new beginning! Friends of Guest House relies on community members volunteering their time and services to further assist our clients and act as role models.

All volunteers are screened through the application and interview process. View/download our volunteer application here. Also, all volunteers are required to undergo background checks; and effective 1/1/2017, each volunteer must provide $25 toward the cost of the background check (see application). Following an orientation, volunteers work directly with staff or clients to help promote a positive and productive environment.

Volunteers utilize their areas of expertise or personal interests to help our clients achieve their goals. In determining placement of a volunteer, equal attention is given to the interest of the volunteer and to the requirements of Guest House.

Interested in volunteering? Contact us at

Below is more detailed information about the three main types of volunteering:

1. General volunteering
2. Mentoring
3. "Life skills" training | Total Woman program


Volunteers provide a wide range of services, including (but not limited to):

> Computer training
> Planning, coordinating and taking clients on field trips
> Assisting with writing resumes
> Grocery shopping
> Leading exercise classes
  > Providing legal assistance
> GED tutoring and preparation
> Clerical, office and yard work
> Researching & coordinating external resources (for example, job leads, housing opportunities, dental care, etc.)
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Under the umbrella of the volunteer program is the Mentoring Program. After an orientation and training seminar, mentors work directly with clients. Each Residential client is assigned a mentor when she enters the program. The mentor and mentee set the dates and times that they plan to meet, and both parties are expected to keep their commitments.

A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a Guest House client. Although mentors can fill any number of roles, all mentors have the same goal: to help our clients achieve their potential and discover their strengths. A mentor’s main purpose is to help a person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. By sharing fun activities and new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce our clients to new ideas.

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"Life skills" training | Total Woman program

The Total Woman Program was developed to further assist our clients in learning how to successfully transition back into the community. This program teaches the "life skills" clients will need to become self-confident enough to live on their own in today’s world. Through a series of weekly sessions, our clients are exposed to different techniques and ideas that promote responsibility and self-awareness. Topics from Total Woman sessions have included:

> Communication
> Care of the home
> Computer skills
> Organization
> Job preparation & conduct
> Spending/budgeting planning
> Health & beauty

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(April 1, 2017)

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For clients
Volunteers help with building projects, painting and yard work. For example, students from St. Agnes and St. Stephen's School volunteered twice in spring 2012 (pictured above with Kari Galloway, Guest House Executive Director, far right).
Ashlee (right), a Guest House client, passed the GED exams in late 2012, thanks to her persistence and hard work—and with tutoring from one of our volunteers, Susan (also pictured).
2017 car raffle
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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