March 20, 2012

Healing from Domestic Violence

Research indicates that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. Domestic violence affects women of all races, ethnicities, ages, and economic classes – with an e…
February 1, 2012

Looking Forward

Today I walked through Calvary’s new building on Good Hope Road. The windows were being installed in the bedrooms and the electrician was wiring the kitchen for power. After months of preparation, i…
October 19, 2011

Giving Back

I was getting off Metro a few days ago when I ran into Sandra.  Having lived at Calvary a few years ago, Sandra now has a home, a job and a better relationship with her family.  But life is still ch…
September 6, 2011

Survivor

“Are you a survivor?” Sheila asked me as we left the meeting.  I had been speaking to a group about the need for services for women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.  Sheila had…
August 9, 2011

Generations of Hope

It was over 10 years ago that I first met Sara. She’s older – in her 50’s now – but when I saw her last week I was glad to see she still had the enormous energy and big personality she was kno…
June 28, 2011

Prevailing Over Trauma

On the surface, everything seemed fine.  Barbara’s husband was a police officer.  She worked as a nursing assistant and cared for their two children.  But inside their home, Barbara and her two d…
May 11, 2011

Hope is Holy

“Hope is holy,” reads the first line of a poem written by a group of women at Calvary.  To have “hope” isn’t something these women take lightly. Rather, hope itself is sacred.  Without hop…
April 13, 2011

Not Just a Job

The music in the church was loud and joyful.  There were tears streaming down the faces of family and friends.  There was a pride in the graduates’ steps that brought tears to my eyes as well.  S…
February 23, 2011

Starting Over

When I ran into Sharon a few months ago, she didn’t look well.  You could tell that her health was poor – her teeth were broken, her eyes were dull, she was very thin.  Addiction had taken a tol…
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