Calvary Women’s Services is a shelter for homeless women in need of temporary housing and support services. The shelter not only provides housing for the women, but the chance to empower and educate themselves for independent living through various services offered.  

Calvary was born out of necessity in the basement of a church in 1983 and has now evolved into a full program offering many helpful tools for women struggling to start back in the right direction. Today, the shelter has grown to a traditional housing program with 25 beds.  

The programs offered range from nutritious cooking classes, individual case management and goal counseling, addiction recovery for drugs and alcohol, supported employment, financial assistance and savings programs, and referrals to other partners for an array of needs.  

The Calvary Women’s Services has been recognized in many areas. Some of the most recent are the Washington Area Women’s Foundation in 2009 Leadership Award, the Junior League of Washington’s 2009 Community Partner of the year, as well as The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence.  

Calvary welcomes all women in need of housing. To put your name on the waiting list for this program, visit the shelter between 3 and 4 PM.  

Calvary is always looking for community support through volunteers as well as community involvement through upcoming events. To volunteer, give financially, find upcoming events, or more information visit their website at 

Call (202) 289-2111, or visit Calvary at 928 5th Street, NW to contact Calvary Women’s Services.