success story
A Chance to Start Over
Anna is just one of the women who has used Calvary’s STRIDE program to build a better future for herself and her family.  STRIDE – Search Together to Resume Dignified Employment – offers women who have experienced homelessness the opportunity…
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Yesterday marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But at Calvary, domestic violence is an issue that affects our programs year-round. Nearly all of the women who come to Calvary have histories of violence and at some point during t…
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Janet’s Story
Janet* knows she made mistakes in her life, but by the time she came to Calvary, she was ready to turn her life around. “When I was on drugs, I abused myself so bad,” she told me. “I got put out of my place. I didn’t have anywhere to go.” S…
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The Stories Behind HIV/AIDS in Our Community
Carolyn died in 1995. I remember sitting in the living room of the apartment she shared with her partner, Betty. Her friends had gathered to share stories and celebrate her life. We cried at the loss and the difficult ending Carolyn had experienced.…
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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 estimated 1.3 million women being physically assaul…
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It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’d like to take a moment to get our Calvary Comments readers up-to-date on domestic violence in America, and right here in Washington, DC. Around this time last year, President Obama launched a new p…
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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 challenging for her.  She told me that she still ge…
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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 been there to share her personal experience of vi…
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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 known for. When she arrived at Calvary, Sara was usin…
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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 daughters were experiencing emotional and physical…
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