LEAP
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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Rock Star Club Volunteers
At Calvary we have volunteers who come in the middle of their work day to teach a class; we have volunteers that give up sleep to make sure women at Calvary feel safe and secure; and we have volunteers that cook truly delicious meals. We implemented…
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No Choice but to Move Forward
Cora became homeless when she was hit by two serious events around the same time – she lost her job and her house. She says that the last year of her life has been especially hard. Not only did she become homeless, but she recently had knee surgery…
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