Sister Circle: An Overview
Calvary is known for its transitional housing programs and services, but we are also proud to help women achieve one of the most significant goals they set for themselves: permanent housing.
Sister Circle was established in 1997 to make permanent housing a reality for homeless women. Some facts about the program:
- When it first began Sister Circle provided housing specifically for women living with HIV/AIDS or those struggling with substance abuse. Today the program maintains a strong commitment to supporting women who are overcoming substance abuse, mental health issues and chronic health problems.
- Sister Circle accommodates 11 women. Some of the women share their space with a roommate who is also in the program, while others live alone.
- In order to be considered for Sister Circle, clients must demonstrate their commitment to sobriety and their ability to live independently.
- There is no expiration date on the housing provided
- Since 1997, Sister Circle has helped more than 60 women.
Some women who move into Sister Circle units have been homeless for many years. It may have been a long time since they were able to experience the joy of living in their own home and having family members over to stay the night. In their own apartments, they can enjoy the kind of space and freedom that many of us take for granted.
Women in Sister Circle continue to receive long-term support from Calvary. Each resident is assigned to a case manager who provides substance abuse, mental health, medical and employment services. Residents attend Relapse Prevention Group meetings to help them maintain sobriety. They also participate in Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP) classes, as well as the Nutrition Education Program. A six-week wellness series specifically for women in Sister Circle recently started at Calvary, with sessions covering topics like building healthy relationships and improving self-esteem.