Calvary Women’s Services Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Support Step Up DC Job Placement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calvary Women’s Services today announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to further its mission of empowering women to end their homelessness and transform their lives. The grant – which was given to the organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will support Step Up DC, a job placement program serving women who are homeless in Washington, DC.

“Securing a good job makes a difference for homeless women who are striving to move into housing,” said Calvary’s executive director, Kris Thompson. “We are grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to women in this community. With the support of the Walmart Foundation, even more women at Calvary will successfully move into their own homes after securing jobs through Step Up DC.”

The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help Calvary Women’s Services connect women to jobs so they can earn a stable source of income, pursue their career goals and move out of homelessness. The program’s activities include personalized support from a full-time workforce development specialist, resume building, mock interviewing and trips to local job fairs.

“Step Up DC is awesome,” said Denise, a woman currently enrolled in the program. “It woke up the skills that were dormant in me during my addiction. The women around me help one another and share information. Everyone at Calvary is there to support me, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“The Walmart Foundation is proud to support initiatives like Calvary Women’s Services’ Step Up DC which create meaningful and valuable opportunities for women in our community,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart. “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to strengthening communities within the city and helping to improve the quality of life of its residents.”

The contribution to Calvary Women’s Services was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Washington, DC State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

For additional information about Calvary Women’s Services, please contact Heather Laing at (202) 678-2341 ext. 220 or hlaing@calvaryservices.org.

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