LEAP
Volunteer Spotlight: Catalina Castro
Catalina with her dog, who has made special guest appearances in the virtual yoga classes. In the fall of 2019, Catalina joined Calvary Women’s Services as a volunteer teaching Spanish. While working with Elaine Johnson, Senior Manager of Education…
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Celebrating Black History Month at Calvary
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” This is the quote by Angela Davis that hangs on the wall outside the classrooms at Calvary Women’s Services. It serves as a reminder o…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Aarthi Ananthanarayanan
Aarthi Ananthanarayanan’s volunteer experience at Calvary Women’s Services demonstrates just how flexible and unique our volunteers can be. She currently offers her professional skills as a Job Lead Facilitator for Step Up DC and is assisting…
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Service Never Sleeps Fellows Join Calvary for Year of Service
Calvary Women’s Services has partnered with Service Never Sleeps (SNS) – a nonprofit organization with a mission “to transform communities by mobilizing young professionals to combat urgent social justice issues” – on a yearlong fellowship…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Lou Rife
Mary Lou Rife has been teaching women the art of expression in Calvary’s Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP) for almost one year. She currently teaches a poetry class called “Women’s Voices around the World.” She first learned abou…
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Courage to Create
Every Friday afternoon in Calvary’s Life Skills, Education and Art Program (LEAP), women can participate in a class called “Art Works.” Some afternoons women busily work on watercolor paintings. Other days, they may be creating miniature sculpt…
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Special Volunteer Intern Spotlight: Jane Lindahl
During this busy time of year at Calvary Women’s Services, we are grateful to have the assistance of a special volunteer intern, Jane Lindahl. Jane assists with operations and volunteer-related tasks twice a week, has been teaching a LEAP class in…
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Thankful for a “Nice Roof” and More
At the last minute Dorothy canceled her first meeting with Calvary’s program director because she was scared. She said that even though she knew Calvary was a transitional housing program, she couldn’t stop thinking of a shelter, and everything t…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Colleen Robertson
Colleen Robertson has a challenging task as a weekly LEAP (Life Skill, Education and Arts Program) instructor – convincing women that they can conquer math, and that it can be fun! She first heard about Calvary from a friend and former board member…
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“Your Health” Class Keeps it Real
During a Monday afternoon nutrition class, two volunteer instructors emphasized, “Today’s lesson is not about extremes, but finding the ‘in-between.’” This guidance on being practical and realistic is what makes “Your Health” such a ben…
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