April 2018
The Calvary Connection
The 2018 Hope Awards Dinner
Come join us for a fun and exciting evening as we honor leaders who inspire and empower women, and we celebrate the successes of women at Calvary who are changing their lives. This year's annual  Hope Awards Dinner is on May 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The event will feature live and silent auctions, a cocktail reception, dinner, and the awards program.

All proceeds will support Calvary Women's Services' housing, health, education and employment programs for homeless women in our community. Please consider attending or making a contribution.

More information and tickets are available on our  website . You can read more about this year's honoree, Marie C. Johns, in our  recent blog post .

"It might seem really hard, but just never, ever give up."
Courtney Finds Hope
Courtney has been trying to catch up on what the rest of the world has been doing in the last few years. She has battled addiction and housing instability. She left an abusive relationship. Now, she reads, writes, watches Netflix, and has dreams of starting a career as a tattoo artist and shop owner.

Her struggles with domestic violence and homelessness are not uncommon. According to a  report by the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness , 42 percent of homeless women in D.C. have been survivors of domestic violence, and nearly one-third of women surveyed indicated that the violence they faced was a direct cause of their housing instability and homelessness.

To women currently facing domestic violence, especially women experiencing homelessness, Courtney shared advice she gained from her own experiences with both: "Don't give up. It might seem really hard, but just never, ever give up."

Learn more about Courtney's journey towards hope, and how domestic violence relates to homelessness, in this article from out partners at StreetSense Media.
Our Garden Space Has Been Rejuvenated!
On Saturday, April 14th, members of the  U.S. Green Building Council of the National Capital Region came to Calvary for a "Greening and Cleaning" volunteer day. Activities included restoring our garden space, cleaning our facility, and recycling old electronics.

Thanks to their efforts, our backyard garden space is ready to take full advantage of the Spring and Summer warm weather.  We're looking forward to the upcoming fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers!
In-Kind Drive: Mother's Day Wish List
Mother's Day (5/13/18) is a chance to reflect and give back to the women who love us and shape our lives. 

You can show women at Calvary - mothers, daughters, sisters and caregivers - that you care by donating a gift in honor of Mother's Day. 

Items that are currently needed at Calvary include:
  • Bras (for guidance on style & size, see our Amazon Wish List)
  • Pajamas 
  • Compact folding umbrellas
  • Bath Robes
For more information on our Mother's Day In-Kind Wish List campaign, visit our  website .
Media Mentions
During the past couple of months, Calvary was featured in several high-profile news publications. In case you missed them, here are links to some of the articles:
Special Thanks to Our 2018 Hope Awards Dinner Sponsors: