Success Stories
Helen’s Story
Before coming to Calvary Women’s Services, Helen had a good job as a clinical technician at a DC hospital. Unfortunately, during one of her shifts, she suffered an injury. Initially, she was able to take paid leave. When the hospital hired new mana…
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Loretta’s Story
Loretta had moved away with her husband. She found a good job as a nurse’s aide at a hospice center. Things were going well until he became abusive. Loretta prayed that it was just a phase, but it only got worse. “Every night I was a nervous wre…
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Grace’s Story
“I was panicked. I had relied on my husband for so much, but just like that, he turned on me. I felt like I was endlessly falling in a deep hole.” Before Grace arrived at Calvary Women’s Services, she and her husband had just moved to DC.…
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Home for the Holidays: Monique’s Story
“My first night here I held my daughter’s stuffed animal and cried until I fell asleep.” The week before Thanksgiving last year, Monique came to Calvary Women’s Services. She was sad because she knew she would be away from her ch…
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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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