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June 22nd 2015:Guest House: Breaking the Cycle of Crime

Founded in 1974, Friends of Guest House helps Northern Virginian women make successful transitions from incarceration back into the community. Their mission? To provide women with a criminal history the structure, supervision, support and assistance they need to become self-sufficient and responsible members of the community. Friends of Guest House address the root causes of the vicious cycle of crime by offering programs that focus on core issues ranging from trauma and addiction to housing and employment. And their program works: without re-entry support, 70% of ex-offenders nationwide re

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Kari Galloway

Kari Galloway is the Executive Director of Friends of Guest House, an organization that supports formerly incarcerated women and their families during their transition. Under her guidance, the organization has increased the Residential Program capacity from 9 beds to 17 beds, transformed the Aftercare Program, added the ever-growing Outreach Program and created a Speakers Bureau. Locally, she is a founding member of the steering committee for the Alexandria Re-entry Council, participates on the Governing Board of the Alexandria Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alexandria Coalition of Human Service Organizations. From June 2010 to June
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Terry Garrett

Terry Garrett was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Both of her parents were alcoholics, and she was introduced to drug and alcohol use at an early age. It was after she experienced sexual abuse at age 8 that she began to turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from her life. During the next 25 years she was in and out of jail for crimes such as shoplifting and drug distribution. After spending most of her life running away, she stopped running at when she came to the Friends of Guest House in 2007. At the Guest House, Terry sought out therapy and medication for mental health problems, received medical care, and reunited with her children and family. Today she has her own apartment, pays h
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Faith Ruderfer

Faith is a graduate of University of Virginia, with a Master’s Degree in American Cultural History, and a law degree from William & Mary. She led an impressive legal career that culminated to serving as a managing editor for BNA publications. Her legal career came to an abrupt stop in 2008 when she spent 16 months in the Arlington Detention Center as a result of a shoplifting addiction coupled with untreated mental health issues. She began rebuilding her life with the help of the transitional program, Friends of Guest House. Following her graduation from the program, she provided volunteer legal services for Arlington Legal Aid; assisted women with the filing of disability applications w
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