Success Stories
Summer Heat
I sat down to write this post on what was being called the hottest day of summer so far.  With temperatures 10 degrees higher than normal, I was reminded of how challenging (and even life-threatening) the summer can be for people who are homeless. …
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Amazing Women
The conversation was lively in the dining room at Calvary Women’s Shelter last week when we hosted a site visit from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.  The Foundation’s Washington 100, a group of committed donors chaired by Doreen Gentzl…
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Finding Community in the Midst of Crisis
I sat with my uncle in the hospital waiting room the day my young and vibrant aunt had a mastectomy.  I held my friend, and held back my tears, before she was wheeled into surgery.  I’ve known the anxiety one feels when awaiting the results of a…
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The Power of Stories
Caroline shared her exciting news at a recent gathering of Calvary donors and volunteers.  “I got a promotion in my job.  I even have health insurance now.  But I don’t know how to use it – at least not yet.”  Almost to a person, the crow…
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The Faces of Calvary
In my office there are old photos in boxes and newer ones stored on my computer. There are hundreds of them, faces of hundreds of women who have used Calvary as a turning point in their lives.   Last week I was going through some of the photos as w…
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Success Story: New Style Leads to New Opportunities
"Before" shot of Maureen Maureen was homeless for over two years before she came to Calvary.  In the last few months she has worked hard to make changes in her life, and now she is looking for a job that will enable her to support herself…
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