Calvary Women’s Services
offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. Calvary’s programs carry out a mission to achieve excellence in what the organization offers: a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow. These programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy and daily addiction recovery meetings. Calvary understands that every woman has the strengths and gifts she needs to be successful. Each woman in Calvary’s programs identifies and builds on her strengths, meeting her goals for safe housing, good health and financial independence.
To offer a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.
Calvary opened in 1983 in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church as a temporary overnight shelter for homeless women. In response to the ongoing needs of the community, Calvary Women’s Shelter was incorporated and later became the Calvary Transitional Housing Program. Calvary’s capacity and support services have grown consistently over the last 30 years.
Sister Circle, a permanent housing program for women in recovery from substance addiction, began in 1997. The program provides permanent housing and support services for women who live independently. Calvary opened the Pathways transitional housing program in 2003. Pathways offers stability and support to chronically homeless women.
In November 2012, Calvary completed a large-scale expansion project and relocated its transitional housing programs and staff to a newly renovated building in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. This relocation doubled Calvary’s program space and expanded its capacity and support services, empowering more women to end their homelessness. And in September 2014, Calvary launched Step Up DC, a job placement program that connects women to stable employment in the DC area.
Programs and Services
Calvary’s housing programs provide women with a safe place to live, healthy meals and basic services, and our support services program ensures that women take positive steps toward independence. Calvary Transitional Housing Program and Pathways are transitional housing programs that primarily serve women who have been chronically homeless. Sister Circle provides permanent supportive housing for women in recovery from addictions and health problems.
Support services include:
- One-on-one support from case managers
- Addiction recovery meetings
- On-site therapy and mental health services
- Step Up DC job placement program
- Life skills and education classes
- Nutritious meals and healthy cooking classes
- Connections to partner agencies for other services
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Calvary Women’s Services