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"Rep. Bennie Thompson, Reality TV Star Omarosa Support Holiday Give Back 2009"

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WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2009 – Calvary Women’s Services announced today that Members of Congress and local community leaders will host Holiday Give Back 2009, a reception to benefit the homeless services organization.

Congressional supporters participating in the event include Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, and Rep. Pete Sessions. Washington DC community supporters include Kristine Thompson, James Norton, Lawrence Young, Marianne Horinko, Randy Broz, Jessica Herrera Flanigan, Andrew Howell and Pam Turner.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a strong supporter of homeless issues, will offer keynote remarks. Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, who first gained national attention on “The Apprentice” and who is actively involved with a number of homeless services organizations, will also speak at the event.

The event is being sponsored by General Dynamics, Altria Group, Inc. and Avalon Caterers and will take place on Wednesday, December 16 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. It will be held at the offices of Altria Group, Inc. at 101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Suite 400 West.

Requests for Calvary’s services have increased this year, reflecting a nationwide increase in homelessness due largely to the economic crisis. In cold winter months, Calvary anticipates the demand will continue to grow.

“We’re so grateful to Chairman Thompson and other leaders for remembering the women at Calvary and making this event a part of their holiday celebrations,” said Kristine Thompson, executive director of Calvary Women’s Services. “Community events like this one ensure that we can continue to provide housing and services to homeless women in this community – this season and throughout the year.”

All members of the Washington community are invited to participate in this event. Those who are interested can RSVP to Admission to the event is $25 or a donation of an item or items from Calvary’s holiday wish list, such as: twin size bed sheets or blankets; pillows; towel sets; cans or bags of coffee; powder laundry detergent; women’s pajamas (new, size L or XL); or gift cards to CVS, Target, movie theaters or book stores.

For over 25 years Calvary Women’s Services has been a turning point in homeless women’s lives. Its three programs—Calvary Women’s Shelter, Pathways, and Sister Circle—offer housing and comprehensive services to help each woman identify her strengths, set personal goals, and build the skills she needs for independent living. Each year Calvary supports 150 women as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency, providing a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow. Calvary Women’s Services is a 501(c)3 organization.

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