On September 26, ACT for Alexandria and eight supporters visited the Friends of Guest House, an ACT capacity-building grantee. Friends of Guest House helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. While their numbers speak for themselves – a 10% recidivism rate compared to the national 70% average – connecting with residents in-person and seeing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into supporting these women was inspiring.
We were graciously hosted by Director of Development and Marketing Marisa Tordella and Development Associate Carlyn Fralick. We met a resident, Heather, who provided a tour for us and shared her long-term aspiration to own her own restaurant as well as her short-term goal to become employed in a restaurant. Heather described her daily routine at Friends of Guest House which includes chores, life and job skill classes, and activities to help with coping mechanisms such as knitting and group exercise.
In case you missed the tour, Friends of Guest House currently hosts tours the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month. Click here for more information. In case you’d like to explore additional nonprofit site visit opportunities, please join us on our next site visit at Community Lodgings, November 7 at 6:30pm. Please email Betsy Micklem to learn more.
-By Hannah Lee