“10 Questions” with Jordan Costen, Executive Director, Safe Space NOVA

Our founder and executive director, Jane Collins, asked way more than “10 Questions” with Jordan Costen, founder and executive director of Safe Space NOVA. Jordan created this nonprofit to give LGBTQ+ youth a welcoming and supportive place to be themselves. In our “10 Questions” we talked about LGBTQ+ safety, stereotypes, and scholarships, we met his adorable rescue dog “Bo” and we learned Jordan’s alter ego if he ever went into the witness protection program! And in our “5 More Questions” story we talked about his favorite restaurant … one you should definitely try!



Hunter, Carly, Stephanie, Megan, Kelly, Heather, Friends of Guest House, July 23, 2020

May you never

                let anyone dull your light.

May your mind be at ease

                Clear from distractions that used to ground you.

May you allow yourself to humble.

May you listen to your longing

                And fight to give yourself what you covet.

May you know that Love is alive in you.

We have a bonus for you – our friends at the nonprofit Quintango took this work of art and set it to music. It’s inspiring, breathtaking, and only 2 minutes long. Take a listen:

“10 Questions” with Dr. Stephen Haering, Director, City of Alexandria Public Health Office

Masks! Masks! Masks! Yes, Dr. Stephen Haering, Director of the Alexandria Health Department, and I talked about masks – when to wear them, how to wash them, and what are his favorites! And we talked about a whole lot more during our “10 Questions with Dr. Haering and our follow on “5 More Questions with Dr. Haering.” He’s an interesting guy – his advice to Alexandrians on how to make our community stronger was SO not what I expected from a public health doctor, as was his guest list for his dinner party for six. Take a look!

“10 Questions” with Brandi Yee, Chief Program Officer, ACT for Alexandria

Actually it was way more than 10 questions … our Z-TV Live “10 Questions” was closer to 20 questions, and I’m really hoping that Brandi will make me some yummy dessert now that I know what an amazing baker she is in her spare time! And I found out something we had in common with our “5 More Questions.” Find out about ACT for Alexandria, Brandi’s favorite Friday night treat, and our shared avoidance of math!



Chris, Carly, Hunter, Betsy, Stephanie, and Michelle, Friends of Guest House, July 9, 2020

Be inspired

                by the flame

but set your own fires.

The path that I have chosen

                could be the answer.

I am far from over.

My future holds no bounds.

The small things seem large.

Having faith

                is what gives me life.

today I am stronger,

                Smarter, a survivor.