HERO CENTRAL: Calvary Women's Services Turns Lives Around

11:59 AM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) --- Food, water and shelter are the basic items needed when women pull away from the clutches of homelessness. The three-level building of Calvary Women's Services is transforming lives. Women stay at their facilities in Southeast Washington.

Latoshia Jordan, 36, knows firsthand the benefits of Calvary Women's Services. For the past six months, she has been staying in their transitional housing program.

"I've learned that I can't use drugs no matter what. I've learned how to be more responsible, take care of my business more," she said.

The women eat nutritious meals and many attend healthy cooking classes. Mental health, legal and medical services are available to those who need them.

"So most of the women who come to Calvary have experienced trauma," said Kristine Thompson, Executive Director of Calvary Women's Services.

"At a bare minimum, the mental health services here help women to address the trauma of homelessness and any types of sexual trauma that they have experienced in their lives."

The free programs and services provided at Calvary have enhanced Jordan's life skills. Her case manager is now helping her look for a job.

"I had to let my daughter live with my sister so that I could get myself together, because I've never been separated from my child. It's my first time. And I don't like it," she explained.

The future looks bright for Latoshia Jordan as she prepares to move into housing and reunite with her teenage daughter-something she has been dreaming about since the start of her stay at the non-profit organization.

"So I decided to get myself together which is working pretty much, I've been eleven months clean now. I'm looking forward to my year in July."

Calvary Women's Services serves 56 women every day both in transitional or permanent housing.

NOTE: Gannett Foundation has provided a grant to Calvary  Women's Services.

Produced by: Elizabeth Jia
WUSA 9 & WUSA9.com


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