Calvary Women's Services, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 110 Maryland Avenue, NE #103 Washington DC 20002 USA
Among homeless women the place has a reputation; when you''re ready to turn your life around, go to Calvary. Each year, 150 women do just that, and find, as the staff likes to say, "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow." Of the 10,000 homeless people in DC, most are women and children, many of whom struggle with mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse and chronic diseases. Calvary ensures that these women have both housing and comprehensive support services. Tonight, as it has for over 25 years, Calvary will provide a safe place for DC''s homeless women and the care and support to help them live a more positive tomorrow.
Programs: Calvary Women's Shelter is a transitional housing program for 25 women. The primary goal of the program is to assist women in moving out of homelessness and into stable housing. It is also a goal that all women will take positive steps toward independence including beginning recovery from addiction, addressing their mental and physical health needs, healing from trauma and violence they have experienced and securing income through employment or benefits.
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I have been a Calvary volunteer for almost seven years and I thoroughly enjoy it! Being a part of Calvary has enriched my life immensely. It is a wonderful organization that truly invests and believes in the women they serve. If you're like me, I wanted to do something to give back, but didn't know where to begin. At Calvary, there is something for everyone to do--whether it's being a meal volunteer, overnight volunteer or teaching the residents life skills. Whatever you decide, you will be making the right choice to connect with Calvary! Your heart will be glad you did!
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I have worked with Calvary since 1998 and this is truly a worthy organization if you're looking for a good place to invest your charitable contributions or volunteer time.
I started as an overnight volunteer and for many years spent two nights/month at the shelter. It was a pretty simple, but completely necessary task. I just had to make sure the lights in the dorm were off at 10p, the tv off at 11:30p, and then I could SLEEP!! until 6a the next morning when I had to do wake ups and set out breakfast. Talk about an easy way to volunteer. Plus, my volunteer time meant that no staff had to be paid.
In 2006, I became a Board member, and since then my commitment to Calvary has grown even stronger. While volunteering, I grew close to the staff and residents and I could see the value that Calvary gave to these women in helping them get back on their feet. However, as a Board member, I got even closer to the actual numbers. Turns out Calvary transitions a women from homelessness to her own living situation every five days.
I knew we did a lot of good to the community, but I didn't realize it was that good.
In addition, we do this on a shoestring budget. Our overhead is consistently less than 20%. Once these women get a bed in Calvary, they are no longer homeless. And Calvary has multiple programs that residents participate in to help them get back on their feet. There is mental health counseling, drug abuse counseling, job training, etc. There are life skills programs. The variety of counseling and training available are what makes Calvary such a successful program on the path to ending homelessness.
I realize that I'm very close to the situation, but I have been happily fundraising and volunteering for this group for 13 years now. I have seen inside and out the positive change this has made in the lives of these women. If you're trying to find a place to help, definitely consider Calvary.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
multiple ways. I have volunteered and raised funds for Calvary since 1998.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
somehow find a way to get them even more money. The more funds this organization raises, the more homeless women they are able to help. Nothing is wasted.