Starr’s Story

Starr’s Story

As we approach the end of another transformative year, we want to thank you for your generous support and take a moment to share a story of hope, resilience, and gratitude that embodies the very essence of the work we do at Friends of Guest House.

Starr’s story is not just a testament to the power of second chances, but also a shining example of the impact Friends of Guest House has on the lives of those who seek to rebuild and reforge their paths. As an organization, we exist to provide opportunities and support to individuals like Starr, who are willing to work hard and embrace positive change in their lives. Below is an excerpt of a letter from Starr, one of our valued residents. We couldn’t resist sharing her journey with you.

“Upon entering Guest House, I had just come from prison, doing a 5-year bid. Guest House was an option for a fresh start for someone like me who, more than anything, wanted change. Upon arrival, I was given a basket of shower supplies! I Immediately started feeling like a human again — Something prison tries to take from you. Before I knew it, I was working and excelling. Six months flew by! And in this time, I transformed and became someone who today I’m so proud to be. I’m 4 years sober. I owe my success to Guest House for the patience and care they gave me.”

Starr’s transformation from a past marked by incarceration to a future filled with promise is a remarkable journey that was made possible through the generosity of people like you who believe in the power of rehabilitation and second chances.

We cannot do this life-changing work alone. Your compassion and support create an environment where individuals can find their self-worth and discover their true potential.

Over the past year, we have continued to offer structure, training, and resources to our clients, empowering them to build a future free from the shadows of their pasts. Starr’s incredible progress is just one example of the many success stories that unfold within our walls.

As we approach the end of this year, we humbly ask for your support. Your generous contributions allow us to continue providing a lifeline to individuals like Starr who are striving for a fresh start, eager for change, and deserving of the opportunities that will enable them to shine.

Your donation will help us provide:

  • Essential supplies and resources to new program participants.
  • Educational and training opportunities to empower our clients.
  • Support and assistance to individuals in the Aftercare program, like Starr, as they transition to independent living.
  • Continued growth and enhancement of our programs to better serve those in need.

Please consider making a year-end donation to Friends of Guest House to help us change more lives and create more success stories like Starr’s. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a meaningful difference. If you recently gave a gift to Guest House, please accept our heartfelt thanks.

You have made a world a difference to the women of Guest House.

Together, we can be the force of change and hope Starr spoke of in her letter. We thank you for your unwavering support and your belief in the power of transformation. With your help, we can continue to write stories of success and second chances.

In closing, we want to echo Starr’s sentiment and say a heartfelt “Thank you!” Your support truly makes a difference and ensures that individuals like Starr are not just statistics but forces to be reckoned with.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a bright, hope-filled New Year.

Best Wishes,

Sonja Allen

Executive Director

Friends of Guest House

P.S. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by a generous benefactor between now and December 31, 2023. Therefore, your $100 donation made today becomes a $200 gift to Guest House with the match.