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Nonprofits Help Overhaul Alexandria Reentry Program ‘Friends of Guest House’

Nonprofits Hearts of Enpowerment and The Oasis Alliance has helped to makeover the homes for some local survivors of trauma and for Alexandria-based recovery program Friends of Guest House — an Alexandria reentry program for women leaving prison.

“Hearts of Empowerment contributed its fundraising capacity to raise over $4,500, supply furniture and building materials, as well as provide discounts at local hardware stores,” the organization said in a press release. “The group promoted the program to shelters and community centers to help identify individuals and families that could benefit from the service.”

The organizations help makeover two homes in addition to Friends of Guest House.

“As a result, not only were two women with young children selected for space makeovers, but Alexandria-based Friends of Guest House, which helps women transition back into the community after incarceration, also received a facility makeover,”

Teams worked on a new reading room, computer area, kitchen and living room while women in the facility were out on a field trip to surprise them when they returned. The Oasis Alliance also offered time with a therapist for residents of the program.

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