Calvary Women’s Services started in 1983 in the basement of the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington DC. They began by providing temporary refuge for homeless women and have expanded to include the Calvary Transitional Housing Program for women in recovery, the Pathways which offers transitional housing to homeless women and Sister Circle which offers permanent housing for women in recovery. Residents are provided with additional services including case management, job placement, life skills, 12-step meetings and outpatient substance abuse treatment.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Calvary Transitional Housing and Pathways programs are located in a two-story storefront brick building that accommodates 45 women. Volunteers serve three hot meals per day to the clients.
The Sister Circle program provides two-bedroom apartments, housing up to ten single women. Furniture, household items, pajamas, pillows, sheet sets, bus passes and Wal-Mart gift cards are donated from the community and given to Circle clients to help them in their new journey.
Sister Circle residents are responsible for preparing their own meals, but are eligible for food donations. Some clients qualify for food stamps.
Rules and Regulations
Since the facility is usually packed, prospective clients must put their names on a waiting list between the hours of 3 pm and 4 pm. Calling on a day-to-day basis to check for an opening is also recommended. There are specific criteria for admittance into the Calvary Transitional Housing Program. Clients must be homeless and suffer from both chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.
Program services include individual and group therapy, case management, life skills programs, and on-site 12-step meetings. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, co-occurring disorders and domestic violence. Individual therapy is conducted on a case-by-case basis. Residents work closely with their case managers, often establishing a close bond. Clients also participate in educational classes. Topics include financial literacy, creative expression, women’s health, communication skills and job readiness.
At Calvary Women’s Services, clients receive job placement services that help them acquire stable work. The Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP) provides various outlets for creative self-expression including poetry, art therapy and cooking classes.
Calvary Women’s Services is highly popular, and there is a waiting list. With that said, most clients rave about the peer support and the empathy they receive from staff. This is a place that offers homeless women in recovery a real chance to rebuild their lives, while fully participating in the numerous activities that Calvary Women’s Services offers.
Calvary Women’s Services
1217 Good Hope Road SE
Washington, DC 20020
Calvary Women’s Services Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Calvary Women’s Services by phone at (202) 678-2341 ext. 2200 or by email at [email protected]. Find Calvary Women’s Services on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+
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