Success Stories
Living at Calvary and Going to College
Yolanda recently earned her associate’s degree is corrections administration from the University of the District of Columbia. The process took three years of determination and hard work. What makes her achievement even more impressive is the fact t…
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Living on Her Own
“This was nothing new to me,” Glenda said. When she moved into Calvary Women’s Services, it was not the first time she had been homeless. She was not surprised by the “house rules” at Calvary, like abiding by a curfew and maintaining a clea…
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Stepping Stones to Independence
Within the next few days Joyce will be moving from Calvary Women’s Services into her own private room. She will live among a new community of people who are committed to sobriety and making healthy choices. Joyce said that she views the move as one…
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Angela’s Plans Pay Off
Angela attributes some of her disciplined attitude to the six years that she spent in the Army. She said that she joined the military right after high school for the experience, and to leave her comfort zone. “It made me tough,” she said. When he…
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Next on Her “To Do” List: Move into a Home
Patricia describes the position she was in before coming to Calvary like being in a tornado. Her life had been derailed by domestic violence, and she plunged into depression. “Going through that put me in a dark place,” she said. “I needed stab…
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Shedding Her Old Skin
Terri has deep ties to this community. She was born and raised in Southeast DC and raised her children here. For many years she worked in the public library system and in public transportation. When one of her sons was tragically killed in a car acci…
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A Mother-Daughter Reunion
Both of Rhomika’s parents died before she was 10 years old. Until recently, she spent most of her life in foster care and moving from place to place. Now she is doing everything she can to be a strong, supportive mother for her young daughter. That…
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Thankful for a “Nice Roof” and More
At the last minute Dorothy canceled her first meeting with Calvary’s program director because she was scared. She said that even though she knew Calvary was a transitional housing program, she couldn’t stop thinking of a shelter, and everything t…
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No Choice but to Move Forward
Cora became homeless when she was hit by two serious events around the same time – she lost her job and her house. She says that the last year of her life has been especially hard. Not only did she become homeless, but she recently had knee surgery…
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Theresa’s Life in Transition
Theresa has been through the toughest crises that life could throw at her, including living on the streets of DC for more than a year and being taken advantage of both emotionally and financially by an abusive husband. She said that before she came t…
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