Thank You, Village!

Staff Spotlight: Meet Sangita!

Sangita Joshi is a cornerstone of our Village family – in the 11 years she has been here, she has served the Village clients with heart and passion.

How long have you been at N Street Village? I have been a part of the N Street Village family for a little over 11 years! I am currently the Director of Case Management, which includes managing the Holistic Housing Program.

What is the Holistic Housing Program? When naming this program, we intentionally chose to call it holistic because that is what it truly is – recognizing the whole of a woman’s experiences and helping her to uncover and realize what she needs to be her best self. The program is located on the fifth floor of the Flagship building and can support up to 21 women as they make strides in their recovery – whether that is mental health, physical health, trauma, substance use disorder and/or financial insecurity. Last month, we were proud to have five women graduate and move on to the next step in their journey.

Can you describe N Street Village in three words? Hope. Courage. Patience. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? I am an ice cream connoisseur! If I wasn’t working at N Street Village, my dream job would be working as an official taste tester for Ben and Jerry’s. As far as my current favorite, it depends…but we can start with Phish Food. My dad always says that no matter how full you are, there is always room for ice cream!

Uniting Women, Employment Opportunities, and Dignified Workspace

N Street Village, UPIC Health, and WeWork are joining forces to support women in the DMV area who are experiencing homelessness.

The core missions of both N Street Village and UPIC Health revolve around helping and empowering women. This collaboration represents the best in public/private partnerships and aims to directly address inequality by providing meaningful employment opportunities within a dignified workspace to women experiencing economic and housing instability.

N Street Village clients will be hired by UPIC Health to deliver administrative patient services in a virtual setting, while WeWork will generously contribute a modern, collaborative office space for this important work.

SHERO Spotlight: The Indre Family

The Indre Family has generously shared their time, talent, and treasure with the Village family.

From volunteering at Family and Friends Day, hosting community dinners for Village residents, getting their workplaces involved, to bringing the entire family — grandparents and all — to the SHERO Walk. Read more about why they got involved and what they love about N Street Village!

How did you first hear about N Street Village? Matt learned about N Street Village and all the great work they do in our community through his role as Head of Corporate Philanthropy at Total Wine & More.

Can you describe N Street Village in three words? Dignity. For. Women.

What is something that might surprise someone visiting the Village for the first time? We were surprised to learn about the longevity, scope, and success of N Street Village. It’s truly all so impressive!

Why is it important to have an organization like N Street Village in a city like D.C.? As the city continues to gentrify, more and more of its residents find themselves in precarious economic situations. The Village provides a crucial net for so many women experiencing homelessness and raising awareness in the community.

How do you feel like your involvement is making an impact at the Village? N Street Village does an excellent job at making everyone – volunteers and clients alike – feel welcome and valued. We love being a part of the community and often feel we get more than we receive when we are able to volunteer or make a donation. Our involvement with N Street Village has had a much bigger impact on us than we could ever give back.

Your 2019 Annual Report | What You Made Possible

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Village Board, staff and clients, I am pleased to present your 2019 Annual Report.

You have continued to be there for the thousands of women who rely on N Street Village. Your support is not merely “giving to charity” but “doing justice.”

We are grateful for your commitment as we strive for a future that is just and inclusive for every D.C. resident. Thank you for standing with us at N Street Village’s front door as we greet the women who will arrive tomorrow.

Gratefully,
Schroeder Stribling
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village

P.S. As the temperatures begin to drop, please remember to save and share the D.C. Hypothermia Hotline: 202.399.7093. Your call could save a life!

A Letter from our CEO on #PurpleThursday

Today, the Village is wearing purple in support of #PurpleThursday and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The statistics are indeed staggering and the issue is one which deeply touches our Village community – residents, clients, staff, neighbors – women in general. But the connection to homelessness is especially profound.

National statistics tell us that 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. Here in DC, a study found that two-thirds of women report abuse, violence, or trauma as somehow related to their loss of safe and decent housing.

Half of the women arriving at our Village’s front door report domestic violence as a direct cause of their current crisis.

So today, we wear purple for everyone affected by domestic violence – no matter who or where you are as you read these words. We are here to say that we see you, we hear you, and we believe you. You are worthy of respect. And you are not alone.

Every woman deserves a safe and dignified place to call home. Never give up.

In solidarity with survivors and in gratitude for those who keep the doors of this Village open every day,

Schroeder Stribling
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village

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Volunteer Spotlight: DeJuan Price

This month, get to know N Street Village Volunteer DeJuan Price. DeJuan exemplifies what it means to be a Village SHERO. She serves meals, supports with our fundraisers, and even donated her birthday! She always greets each woman who walks through our doors with a smile. We are truly blessed to have DeJuan as part of our community. Let’s get to know DeJuan…

I’m an accomplished business professional, marketing expert, and creative entrepreneur. I’m a native Washingtonian and an alumna of George Mason University, Georgetown University, and Virginia Tech as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Junior League of Washington (JLW). I’m also on the Board of The Story of Our Schools and a volunteer with A Wider Circle.

I got involved with N Street Village through volunteer service with The Junior League of Washington. For two years, I worked with a committee to serve dinner to residents. I have continued service at the Village serving breakfast, conducting toiletry drives, and fundraisers. My hobbies and interests include self-development, astrology, spinning, running, crystals, concerts, French Bulldogs, music (from Hip-Hop to 80s NYC House), bath bombs, and spirituality.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I’m a Native Washingtonian, D.C. and have lived here off and on for my entire life.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Cubano’s in Silver Spring, Maryland.

On a Saturday evening, you will find me… Dancing to my favorite local DJs sets at various locales.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less: Love, Growth, Community.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? Volunteering at the Village represents what a mission of service looks like in action — real impact, centered in love, and making a difference in this world. I’ve learned so much about my own life’s journey through this, and it has truly been a gift.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? A focus on whole-person recovery and wellness in mind, body, and spirit — along with a team of leadership, staff, and volunteers who are truly committed and connected through a shared love of humanity.

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Staff Spotlight | Kristina Randelzhofer

Please join us in welcoming Kristina Randelzhofer!

Kristina joins N Street Village’s Volunteer and In-Kind Donations team as the new Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator. Kristina first learned about the Village through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and will be serving the community for the upcoming year. Let’s get to know Kristina in her own words…

I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a B.A. in American Studies. I recently moved to D.C. as a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I’m enjoying living in intentional, sustainable and simple living with my housemates. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the clients, volunteers and everyone in the N Street Village community! In my free time, you can find me reading, singing, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and going to museums.

On a Saturday evening you will find me… At a concert, performance, or watching a movie with friends.

Where is the last place you travelled to? I last traveled to Florida.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Who is one of your favorite musicians, why? Lucy Dacus is one of my favorite musicians because she is a young female rock musician who has powerful lyrics and music.

What was the last book you read? I last read Origin by Dan Brown.

What are you most looking forward to in yearlong placement with N Street Village? I’m most looking forward to getting to know the clients and their stories.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? One of the biggest surprises has been the strong support network that N Street Village has built to help the clients whether that’s volunteers or donations.