The Calvary Connection
December 2018
"I am so happy to be reunited with my kids in a new home during the holidays this year.”
-Monique, a former resident at Calvary
Monique's Story
My first night here I held my daughter’s stuffed animal and cried until I fell asleep .” The week before Thanksgiving last year, Monique came to Calvary Women’s Services.

She was sad because she knew she would be away from her children during the holidays. But she was relieved because she knew she was taking the first step to get back on track and change her life.

Last year Monique unexpectedly lost her husband, leaving her with two small children to provide for. Facing eviction and mounting bills from her husband’s funeral, Monique didn’t know where to turn.  “It felt like I was drowning. I was trying to cope with the death of someone I loved very much while trying to be strong for my babies .”

Sober since the birth of her first child five years ago, Monique relapsed. She sent her children to stay with her sister. Things continued to get worse, until she learned about Calvary.

Visit our blog to get the full story on Monique's journey of overcoming homelessness and moving into her own home this holiday season.
Holiday Season Giving Opportunities
All year long, women at Calvary have been achieving their goals and moving out of homelessness. This holiday season there are many ways to support women at Calvary and ensure that they have the resources they need to make lasting changes in their lives.

Make a financial gift that provides women with a safe place to live and the support they need to build stronger futures.

Donate items from our Holiday Wish List so that each woman moving into our program is greeted with a welcome bag that includes clean linens, a new pair of pajamas, and toiletries.

While shopping online, use Amazon Smile and pick Calvary as your designated charity.

Partner with Calvary and fill an apartment at our Sister Circle program with furniture, housewares, self-care items and more for two women moving out of homelessness this holiday season.
Volunteer Spotlight: Natalia Li
Natalia Li is passionate about helping women have a better understanding about their finances. She facilitates our financial empowerment course a s part of Calvary's life-skills, education, and arts program . “Not only do I get to see women succeed, but I also learn from them in the process.”

Read the full interview on our website to learn more about Natalia's rewarding volunteer journey at Calvary.
Event Wrap-up: Home for the Holidays
Many thanks to everyone who attended Home for the Holidays at Altria's beautiful downtown rotunda on December 5th. It was a fun and festive evening to benefit Calvary Women's Services and highlight the season of giving.

Kris Thompson, Calvary's CEO, urged everyone to be an ambassador for Calvary . Attendees were encouraged to share what they had learned about Calvary with friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else who may be interested in making a difference in our community.

We are especially grateful to Altria for providing us with their beautiful space and generously contributing to the catering.

There are some wonderful photos from the event available to  view here:
Annual Fall Career Fair
Our annual Fall career fair at Calvary was a huge success. Dozens of women from Calvary and partner agencies met with a group of high caliber employers and service providers.

Employers & service providers present at the fair included Burke & Herbert Bank , Colonial Parking , The Four Seasons Hotel of Washington DC , Sweetgreen , and many more.

Calvary's biannual career fairs are a part of our job placement program, Step Up DC. Read our blog post for a full account of the event.
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