Way back when I still lived in the DC area, I worked at Calvary Women's Services as a Health Education intern and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it changed my life. What I learned at Calvary ultimately put me on the path to grad school for my MPH and to what I now do for work! I was struck at the time by the breakdown between social services that are intended to support unhoused people and the ability to actually access these supports. Specifically, many of the women at Calvary had Medicare or Medicaid (forms of public health insurance) and technically should have been able to get free or low-cost mental health care through that insurance, but very few mental health providers actually accept Medicare or Medicaid insurance in the DC region. This leads to long waiting lists and barriers to actually getting the care folks should be able to get. Asking why this happens led me to grad school and then to my job where I evaluate payment models for Medicare.
Some of my amazing colleagues at Calvary are still there and continue to support the women living at Calvary. I love this organization and want to support the important work they're doing to change women's lives! As a runner now located in San Francisco, I was excited to see that they're fundraising via a virtual 5k event and hope that you'll join me in supporting them!
Join us for In This Together, Calvary’s first ever virtual 5k walk, run or bike! Inspiration for this event came from the women living at Calvary. Throughout the pandemic, residents and staff have been taking daily walks together to get fresh air, exercise and to re-center themselves. One of the women told us, “I look forward to the walks every day. They give me peace and allow me to leave my worries behind for an hour. The walks are a blessing during this time.”
Since this crisis started, we have been spending an additional $1,000 a day to keep women safe. We need your help so we can continue our life-saving work for as long as it’s needed.
We have a long road ahead, but if we stay In This Together, we know that we can help the women at Calvary continue to rebuild their lives, meet their goals and end their homelessness for good.
Register for the virtual 5k today!