Success Stories
Janet Finds Her Strength
Janet always wanted the best for her family. When her mother’s health began to decline, Janet put her own life on hold. She gave up her job and moved in with her mother so that she could care for her full-time. “I was doing nothing for myself,”…
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Christie’s Story
Christie came to Calvary Women’s Services after fleeing from a violent husband. His last assault was so severe she wound up in the hospital. When she was released from the hospital, she stayed with her sister but she was afraid her husband would fi…
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A Journey to Independence: Betty Finds Hope
“It was a bad situation, and I knew I needed to get out.” Betty was desperate to make a change. Her husband had begun using drugs. He had also become abusive.  After successfully grappling with her own substance addiction issues in the past, Be…
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Ready to Make a Change From Day One
When Pamela first came to Calvary Women’s Services, she was ready to change her life from day one. “You’re here to get yourself together,” she told herself. “I had a plan when I walked in the door.” In the months prior to coming to Calvar…
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Video: Verlette’s Story
Verlette embraces her case worker at Calvary Women’s Services. “I’m excited about my new life.” After years of struggling with alcohol and substance abuse, Verlette decided it was time to make a change. She had always relied on her family…
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I’ll be (in my own) home for the holidays
Just in time for Christmas, Jane will be moving out of homelessness and into her own home. She has spent much of 2017 at Calvary Women’s Services, working on improving her health, reconnecting with her family, and more. Jane says what really has ma…
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Learning to Not Settle for Less
Linda had a traumatic year. After leaving an unstable relationship, she was robbed and all her identifying documents were stolen, causing her to lose her apartment. She spent time living with various family members, but knew that she needed to find…
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Angelica’s Pursuit of Happiness
Angelica has been there for others her entire life. Her humble and meek personality made her the peacemaker during difficult family situations, but at the same time, she was used to people taking advantage of her. She would always calm down everybody…
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Sister Circle: Where Friends Are Made and Home Begins
Nine years ago, Camila was evicted from her apartment in downtown DC. She was using drugs and fell behind on rent. When recounting that time in her life, she said, “I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to escape but I didn’t know how.” She deci…
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Bringing Balance Back Into Life
Betty (in the middle) with Senior Manager, Community Engagement Arielle (L) and Program Director Robin (R). Photo courtesy of Don Baker. “I felt like my life didn’t fit the profile of the other women at Calvary as I consider my barriers to b…
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