The women who come to Calvary have always been among the most vulnerable members of the DC community Ė survivors of trauma, in recovery from addiction, living with mental illness, or suffering from chronic health conditions. In the age of COVID, they are more vulnerable than ever. Calvary has always helped them find comprehensive care: permanent and transitional housing, mental health and addiction recovery services, healthy meals, education, job readiness programs, life skills classes, and a sisterhood of support. But the pandemic has proved challenging: a spike in cases of domestic violence will likely increase homelessness and job loss threatens progress. Looking ahead means keeping housing safe and helping women whose progress was derailed get back on track. With hygiene practices in place, Calvary continues to provide a safe place for homeless women: you can ensure that it will do so tomorrow.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:   120
  • Number of volunteers who work with your organization annually:   350
  • Number of nights of safe housing provided in a single year:   20,000
  • Percentage of women at Calvary who moved into their own homes last year:   70 percent

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


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Calvary Women's Services is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

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Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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