Step Up DC has a low staff-to-client ratio, allowing the program to give highly personalized support to each participant. Program activities include résumé and cover letter building, mock interviewing, assistance with completing online job applications, professional workshops, transportation assistance, trips to local career fairs, and referrals for professional attire.
Calvary works to build relationships with area employers that allow women enrolled in Step Up DC to be directly connected with companies from a variety of industries. Step Up DC participants have secured jobs in different fields, including IT support, retail, security, hospitality, administration, and healthcare.
In the last year, the average starting wage for a women who gained employment through Step Up DC was over $16 an hour and the average salary was $571 a week. When women secure stable, well-paid employment they are able to gain or keep housing and achieve independence.