“The women who come to Calvary do not lack hope – or determination, grit, compassion or courage,” said Calvary Women’s Services CEO Kris Thompson at the annual Calvary Women’s Services Hope Awards Dinner held Wednesday, May 8th at the Capital Hilton. “What is missing is safe and affordable housing, stable employment, equitable education and access to healthcare.”
The 18th annual event celebrated the dedicated work of the organization for women working to overcome homelessness. The night also honored Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton for her dedication to improving the lives of women and girls, both as a legislator, and in her earlier career as a lawyer, prosecuting trials against domestic violence criminals and and representing childhood victims of abuse and neglect.
Hosted by WAMU’s Sasha-Ann Simmons, the evening included a cocktail reception, guest speakers, and an 11 item live auction.
The event raised over $375,000 for the non-profit, which has proudly been based in Anacostia for the last 7 of its 35 years. The funds will be used to enhance its housing, health, education and employment programs, as well as prepare for some expanded offerings it plans for next summer.