January 25, 2011

Growing Older, Staying Strong

My paternal grandmother was a tough woman. She raised five children in a small farmhouse and often cleaned other people’s houses to make ends meet. After years of walking with pain, Grandma had hip…
December 15, 2010

Simple Joys of the Season

A light snow on the ground.  Watching my children open presents left for them by Santa Claus.  Homemade cookies from recipes passed down by my grandmothers.  “These are a few of my favorite thing…
September 29, 2010

More Than Money

Having a job is about so much more than just earning an income.  Don’t get me wrong, the money is necessary and critical.  But when I talk to the women at Calvary who have recently gotten a job, I…
August 10, 2010

Stories of Struggle and Hope

I passed by one of the large emergency shelters yesterday afternoon while walking back to my office.  Standing outside, holding a trash bag filled with her belongings, was a woman who had lived at Ca…
July 13, 2010

Honoring Women Veterans

Last week my kids and I were in Detroit for a Tigers baseball game.  We joined everyone in the stadium on that 4th of July weekend in honoring veterans.  As the screen on the scoreboard projected th…
June 15, 2010

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…
April 14, 2010

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…
March 30, 2010

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…
February 23, 2010

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 – a…
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