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"Calvary Women’s Services is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides safe housing and life-changing support services to homeless women in Washington, DC. Through our programs and services, Calvary carries out its mission to achieve “excellence in what we offer –a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.”
Calvary was founded in 1983 at a time when homelessness was increasing in Washington, DC and throughout the country. Opened as a temporary overnight shelter for women in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary has continued to grow and strengthen its programs – transforming from a single emergency shelter into an organization that offers two transitional housing programs and one permanent housing program along with comprehensive program of support services.
“Calvary Women’s Shelter” and “Pathways” are transitional housing programs that primarily serve women who have been chronically homeless. “Sister Circle” provides permanent housing for women in recovery from addictions. In addition to meeting women’s basic needs by providing safe housing and nutritious meals, all women in our programs have access to a comprehensive array of services that empower them to move out of homelessness. The services we offer include:
-A Life Skills Educational Program to offer women new skills and build self-esteem.
-Personalized Case Management to provide each woman individual support.
-Mental Health Services provided on-site by a psychiatrist and a licensed therapist to help women address histories of mental illness and/or violence and trauma.
-Addiction Recovery Services to support women struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol.
-A Supported Employment Program to help formerly homeless women re-enter the job market.
-Financial Literacy and Savings Program to assist women with income in learning to budget and other financial skills.
-Referrals to Partner Agencies for legal services, medical services, job training, GED programs and any other services women may need.
As an organization, Calvary Women’s Services’ notable accomplishments over the past year include:
-Calvary provided women with over 15,000 nights of safe housing and over 20,000 nutritious meals
-Every five days a woman moved from Calvary into her own home
-Last year 48% of the women at Calvary were employed, compared to 20% of all people who are homeless in DC
This year, we will relocate our transitional housing programs to a new state-of-the-art facility in Ward 8 in Southeast DC which will allow us to serve more women and expand our support services where the need is greatest in our community.
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