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One Woman’s Words

December 7, 2010

One way we work to empower the women who come to Calvary Women’s Services is through our Life Skills educational program. The topics taught in these staff and volunteer-led daily workshops range from budgeting to healthy eating to self-esteem. In these classes, we also urge women to express themselves by participating in healthy outlets like art and creative writing.

In a recent poetry class, one Calvary resident sat down and penned this poem. Her powerful words are posted up on the bulletin board at Calvary Women’s Shelter, and now we want to share them with you too.

Still Strong
by Ajaunae

No longer must we cry; no longer must we allow our hearts to wither and die; no more must we live in fear, in the shadows stalking us from previous years; no more must we lay submissive under our demons; no more eternal soul screaming; no more dreaming!

Wake up to the reality that you still breathe breath; wake up knowing you still have your health; the reality you can still speak; the reality you are far from weak!

I see your despair; I see the wisdom growing from your hair; I see in your eyes the feelings of defeat; but it’s you I see, therefore your battle is BEAT!

Don’t drown in them, right your wrongs! Women, you that is, women you are indeed *Still Strong*

If you would like to lead a life skills class, or learn more about our life skills program, please contact Mary McGregor (202) 289-2111.

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