Success Stories
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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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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