Success Stories
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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Interviewing Her Way to Success
A year and a half ago Joan was struggling with addiction, and her living situation was unstable. She craved stability and structure, and she found just that at Calvary. Now living at our permanent housing program, Sister Circle, she calls it DC̵…
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Signing the Lease for Her New Home
I thought, “Wow, anyone can end up in this situation.” On the day she signed the lease for her new apartment, we sat down for a conversation with Joan, a woman who lived at Calvary as part of our transitional housing program. She talked about her…
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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 g…
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Living at Calvary and Going to College
Yolanda recently earned her associate’s degree in 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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