Among homeless women, the place has a reputation: when you're ready to turn your life around, go to Calvary. Each year, more than 130 women find "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope, and change for tomorrow." Of the 7,000 homeless in DC, most are women (and their children). Many struggle with mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and chronic disease. Every day, Calvary Women's Services helps 56 women find comprehensive care: housing, healthy meals, education and job readiness programs, mental health and addiction recovery services, life skills classes, and a sisterhood of support. Some women live at Calvaryís permanent housing facility for women with a history of addiction; others work toward independent living through one of the only transitional housing programs for homeless women in the District. Follow-up services ensure that graduates stay healthy and on track as they work toward a new life of empowerment and independence. Tonight Calvary will provide a safe place for homeless women in DC: you can ensure that it will do so tomorrow.
Awards & Recognition
Honorable mention winner, The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, 2015
Recipient of Charity Navigatorís 4-Star Rating, 2014 & 2015
Winner, Center for Nonprofit Advancementís Board Leadership Award, 2014
Institutional Giving Coordinator Lisa Buchs named Rising Star, Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards, 2014
Executive Director Kris Thompson received honorable mention for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Award, 2010
Winner, Washington Area Womenís Foundation Leadership Award, 2009
Recipient, Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, 2008
District of Columbia Bar Charity of the Year, 2006
Finalist, The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management, 2003
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