Lisa Buchs and Elaine Johnson, coordinators for Calvary Women's Services -- a DC non-profit with facilities in Anacostia, addressed the RCCH about their mission and volunteer engagements. The non-profit serves women ages 31 to 50 facing homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and domestic violence with a mission of offering "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow." The CWS programs include a transitional housing program, chronic illness programs with special focus on addiction recovery services, and permanent housing. CWS works with the DC government, other charities and private organizations to provide health, employment and education services to their target women segment. This includes courses in financial literacy and money management.
CWS currently serves 120 women per year and has one of the lowest case management ratios in the metro area. As a result, 70% of their clients are able to move into their own homes after the CWS program administration. While CWS is looking to expand their facilities services, opportunities to volunteer are varied and available. For more information, see for more details.