Aftercare Program

Your past does not define your future.

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Supporter and former Board member Rachel Lustig (right) with a Guest House resident

Our Aftercare Program helps clients for up to two years after they leave the Residential Program and transition into responsible members of their communities. This program ensures our clients continue to receive the services they need as they navigate the challenges of independent living and comply with probation requirements.

Our Guest House Aftercare case managers facilitate the transition through regular meetings, monthly group meetings, and job and home visits as needed. Successful completion of the Residential-to-Aftercare Program is honored by an annual graduation ceremony. Graduates invite family and friends to the ceremony to celebrate their success. Every year, the Alexandria Kiwanis Club and The Nugget Jewelers give each graduate a pair of pearl earrings, symbolizing her journey. In addition, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church donates a hand sown blanket to each graduate.

Due to Northern Virginia’s high cost of living, Friends of Guest House expanded to confront the affordable housing crisis through our Second Chance Community, a house with single rooms that our clients can affordably rent on a transitional basis. In future years, we hope to open more such communities to ease the area’s shortage of accessible housing for reentering women.