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Hennesy (left) and her Community Lodgings mentor Dana Gilbertson display the scrapbook they worked on together last summer.

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Alexandria: The Accidental Mentor

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Mentoring a teenage girl was the last thing on Dana Gilbertson's mind in 2013 when she visited Community Lodgings, an Alexandria nonprofit that offers transitional and affordable housing and youth education to low-income, predominantly Latino families. Gilbertson had intended to start a birthday program for the Community Lodgings youth, something that she had seen in her native Wisconsin.

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