Happy New Year’s Eve – from Sonja

Happy New Year’s Eve – from Sonja
Sonja Allen sitting on steps

As we approach the close of 2023, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve undertaken together this year. In the face of challenges and triumphs, our shared commitment to improving the lives of reentering and recovering women has been nothing short of remarkable. 

The women we serve at Friends of Guest House embody the spirit of endurance daily. Their resilience, strength, and determination inspire us all. This year, we witnessed countless stories of transformation and empowerment. It is a testament to the indelible human spirit and the impact we can make when we come together with purpose. 

2023 has reminded us that personal fortitude is not just a measure of time but a measure of character. Our residents, our staff, and you—our steadfast supporters—have shown resolute commitment to the mission of Friends of Guest House. Your support has undoubtedly paved the way for brighter futures. Every donation, every act of kindness, and every moment of support has contributed to the persevering power of hope, healing, and second chances. 

As we step into a new year, let’s carry the lessons of 2023 with us. Together, let’s continue our mission to provide a lifeline for those seeking to break free from the cycle of incarceration. Let’s meet each day with purpose, compassion, and the unwavering belief that positive change is not just possible; it’s inevitable. 

On behalf of the entire Friends of Guest House team, I want to express our deepest gratitude for your support. Your generosity has been the cornerstone of our success, and we are excited about the impact we will make together in the years to come. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous 2024 filled with the glow of gratitude and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. 

With heartfelt appreciation,


Sonja Allen, Executive Director