Creating Safe Space, a New Foundation, for Domestic Violence Survivors
In early December, the Calvary community gathered to cut the ribbon on its newest program, New Foundations. The program will provide housing and comprehensive support services to 18 women who are experiencing homelessness as a result of domestic violence.
Cheryl Bozarth, the Interim Director of the DC Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG), and Calvary’s Immediate Past Board President, Serena Rwejuna, joined Kris Thompson, Calvary’s Chief Executive Officer, to officially cut the ribbon.
In her remarks, Kris Thompson thanked the many supporters of this project, “Together, we have taken two old, fairly run-down buildings and turned them into a safe and comfortable home for women who have experienced crisis and violence. With our colleagues in the DV community, we are identifying women who will be the first residents here. We hope they will find all they need to build a new foundation for themselves – case management, employment services, education classes, therapy, addiction recovery groups, a supportive staff, and a community of women who will offer care and support to one another.”
Calvary was able to take advantage of a significant funding opportunity as the District was investing several millions dollars in the creation of new housing for domestic violence survivors. Prominent real estate and construction vendors stepped in to assist with the purchase and renovation of the buildings, several offering their services pro bono.
As Calvary opens the doors on this new program, it offers thanks to all of those who helped make New Foundations a reality.
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