SHERO Social Media Kit

Community Builder Spotlight: Adam Lukoskie

While we cannot wait for the day when we can welcome volunteers back to the Village, we are spotlighting some of our incredible Community Builders that give time, talent, and treasure to N Street Village. Meet long-time volunteer and Community Builder, Adam Lukoskie.

Q. How did you get involved with N Street Village?

A. When I moved to DC, I wanted to find opportunities to get to know my neighborhood. I saw a lot of activity in front of N Street Village so looked it up on the internet to learn more. In my research, I was really drawn to the mission and community aspect. I was also drawn to the Village as I grew up in rural Wisconsin in a nearly all-white community. Washington DC is extremely diverse, and I wanted to develop some empathy for people that don’t look like me and come from different backgrounds. I knew that N Street Village served many residents of color that come from many walks of life.

Q. How long have you been serving the Village community?

A. Since 2008 or 2009…it’s been a while!

Q. Can you share your favorite N Street Village memory?

A. I always love walking in my neighborhood and running into the ladies. Whether I am walking to work, getting on the bus, or going for a run, I almost always run into Village residents. Tanya always yells my name to say hello, whether on the bus, at 7-11, or across 14th Street. I also run my local voting precinct and get to see many of the ladies on election day. It has been very rewarding being a friendly face for the ladies as they vote…sometimes for the first time. 

Q. What inspired you to become a recurring donor in addition to volunteering your time with N Street Village?

A. Time is very valuable, but it doesn’t put food on the serving line. I wanted to take my involvement to the next level. I started with single donations, moved to monthly and have slowly increased my monthly gifts as I am able. I trust N Street Village and know they use their resources strategically. 

Thank you, Adam, for all the ways you support the women of the Village!

2020 Coat Drive

Last year, you helped us provide nearly 250 women with a new coat at our Annual Coat Giveaway! This year, our goal is to collect a total of 300 coats to ensure that every woman who arrives at our doors will be met with dignity, welcome, and a warm winter coat.

We are asking for your help collecting donations of new and gently-loved coats. We have a special need this year for additional coats in sizes 3X and above.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Check out our wishlist through WomanWithin. Order a coat and have it shipped directly to the Village at:
    c/o Donna-Marie Thompson
    N Street Village
    1333 N Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005
  2. Donate a gently-loved coat that meets the following criteria:
    Clean and without flaws
    No rips, holes, tears, or snags
    No stains or discoloration
    Zipper and/or buttons are fully functional
    No broken/missing fasteners
    Check pockets to ensure that there are no personal items
  3. Donate directly to help us purchase additional coats for residents and clients with special needs and/or sizing.

We ask that all coats be delivered by Wednesday October 28, 2020. To schedule a drop-off appointment or to get more information, please contact Donna-Marie Thompson at (202) 939-2058 or by email at dthompson@nstreetvillage.org.

Thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Community Builder Spotlight: Claire Christian

While we cannot wait for the day when we can welcome volunteers back to the Village, we are spotlighting some of our incredible Community Builders that give time, talent, and treasure to N Street Village. Meet long-time volunteer and Community Builder, Claire Christian.

Q. How did you get involved with N Street Village?

A. I got involved with N Street Village when I was looking for somewhere to donate some leftover conference swag bag items. It was a long time ago and one of the items was a bunch of prepaid phone cards (remember those?). I tried to think of who could use them and I thought of people experiencing homelessness. I did some Googling and found N Street Village. I saw they had a lot of volunteer opportunities and I signed up for an orientation. I had a regular volunteer gig at my local library starting when I was nine and I really wanted to get back to doing weekly community service. The Village had a great mission and a well-run volunteer program, so I stuck with it!

Q. How long have you been serving the Village community?

A. That is a good question! I think I started in either 2004 or 2005. So about fifteen years. I have been serving breakfast almost every week during that time (unless I am out of town or sick).

Q. Can you share your favorite N Street Village memory?

A. One of my favorite memories is when one of the ladies told me that it was so nice to see my smiling face every week. Up to that point, I always wanted to give the ladies good service and I liked chatting with them if I got the chance, but I honestly never really expected them to pay much attention to me. One of the things we talked about in volunteer orientation is that many of the ladies have a lot going on in their lives. I always thought I was there as a breakfast volunteer mainly to do a job efficiently so people can get their breakfast and get a good start to their day. But when she said that, I realized I was looking at my role in a very limited way. I wasn’t just there to do a job – in a small way, I had become part of a community. I am proud to be a member of the Village community.

Q. What inspired you to become a recurring donor in addition to volunteering your time with N Street Village?

A. Volunteering is really valuable, but I work for a nonprofit myself and I know that fundraising is very stressful. The need for the services N Street Village provides is so great and I felt that being a recurring donor in addition to volunteering was the best way to make sure I was using all my resources to help provide consistent support for my neighbors in need.

Wrapping up this great interview, we have our own favorite memory of Claire at the Village. Director of Vocational Development and Volunteers, Heidi Gauthier shares a special moment she shared with Claire. “For the past few years in September, Claire brings all the ingredients to make pesto and we have a pesto making party with Village residents with the basil we grow in the flagship garden. One year, three residents from the Luther Place Night Shelter came to help. After we finished making pesto, we made a few dishes with the pesto we prepared and enjoyed dinner together. It was an amazing farm to table event filled with comradery and fellowship.”

Thank you, Claire, for all the ways you support the women of the Village!

Read the Spring Village View

From frontline stories to top ways to get involved, check out what’s been happening in and around the Village this spring.

A Letter from Schroeder Stribling

Dear Village Family,

The past few months have impacted N Street Village in ways we could have never expected. From the pain and difficulty to the generosity and heroics, I am inspired daily by the resilience and dedication of our entire Village family – each of you.

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of the women we serve and our frontline staff as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds – and hopefully, recedes. We are working closely with our government partners and peer providers to have a coordinated response and minimize the impact of the crisis on those experiencing homelessness and the staff working to keep our programs open. You have our commitment to keeping you informed and engaged as we make decisions.

Looking at the long road ahead of us, we are planning for the inevitable increase in need for our services. While we are on strong footing to weather this immediate shock, thanks to the generosity of our community, our strategy is focused on achieving long-term sustainability which assures that our doors remain open for those in need today and in the future.

We see the leading indicators here in DC of food insecurity and rent shortfalls and know that this crisis will further imperil those who were already on the margins. For those of us involved in anti-poverty work our (collective) pre-existing condition of racial injustice is not news. Black and Brown residents of our city were already grossly underrepresented on all relative metrics of economic and social vulnerability, from housing insecurity to healthcare access. This virus will find a new way to both target and aggravate our inequities. We are watching this unfold before our eyes as our Black and Brown neighbors begin the bear the brunt of this crisis far more heavily than their white counterparts.

Here’s my case for hope:

  • This crisis offers a glaring x-ray of our fractured socio-economic structures. All of us concerned with racial and economic justice have an opportunity, if not an obligation, to use all the civic powers at our disposal to write, vote, teach, run for office, testify, etc. and use this moment to raise (MORE) awareness.
  • It will not be enough to simply “re-build” from this crisis, we need to re-engineer. We know everything we need to know about effective anti-poverty programs – this isn’t a knowledge deficit but rather an opportunity to re-examine how we were operating before and explore what we can do better. This is our chance to improve efficiency, reduce barriers and lead together with those we serve.
  • We can’t afford not to. Hope is an essential ingredient in fueling our message and creating change.

You are the community who has stood with the women of the Village since our founding almost fifty years ago.Thank you for your generosity, both in years past and present. We know that we can count on your continued investments as we build a sustainable future to meet the immediate and downstream effects of the crisis.

Here at the Village, we are rich in community. You are part of that wealth alongside all of the women whom we serve. I am not only grateful – I am relieved. Because going forward, we will need each other in new ways – some of which are yet unknown. It will take a Village and a unique blend of resilience and generosity.

In gratitude and hope,

Schroeder Stribling
Chief Executive Officer


PS – If you are looking for a starting place, check out our Advocacy page or explore some of my recent writings on Medium.

A Message from our CEO

Monday Morning, June 1, 2020. This is a morning when I would rather not write anything. This is a moment when words are grossly inadequate to the task. This is the most mournful Monday in America that I can remember.

I was born in the 1960’s. Racial and social unrest were tearing through the country. We were at war. Our government was found to be corrupt, and our country was divided. Young people were protesting, mothers were weeping, our foundational ideals were quaking.

Written on the heart of that decade is also the founding of N Street Village. The 14th Street corridor burned after the killing of Dr. King. The mentally disabled were newly homeless and a drug epidemic was emerging. A new poverty was ravaging us and its claws were scratching a line right down the racial diamond of our city.

Have I just told you about history or have I told you about past this weekend?

Suffice to say, this moment is historic.

I am a white leader of an organization that serves mostly Black women. That’s because we serve people in poverty – which greatly disadvantages Black women. That’s also because of white privilege – which has greatly advantaged me.

So my job now is to use that advantage on behalf of others. At this very moment white allies and white leaders are needed to come forward – from everywhere. If I were Glinda the Good Witch I’d wave that damn wand wildly and hope that ALL white allies – rookie or regular – come running.

However, the only wand I have now is a keyboard – and what words are at all sufficient? A “description of our disgust at what we’ve seen?” A “decry of the entire history of white on Black violence”? A “lament that some of us thought lynching was history until we saw for ourselves what happened to Rodney King?”

No, today, my words fail.

I can only think of a fable: I had a yoga teacher once who – when having us bend forward – would say “surrender your head to your heart.” In our hearts we do not need words. We need only the willingness to surrender to feelings of grief and rage and fear on behalf of our Black and Brown neighbors and friends, and those Black and Brown neighbors and friends yet unmet.

Especially to those of us who are white, may we surrender. May we surrender our thinking heads to our feeling hearts. May we let ourselves be moved to anger and despair. And then be moved again. Then may we be changed. Then may we act. Then may we be moved again, changed again, and act – again.

We are working every day to create and maintain an anti-racist community at N Street Village. Join us – find out more about what we are doing at our Advocacy Page at www.nstreetvillage.org.

2020 Online Auction FAQ

This year, all Auction items are available for bidding online! You can access the Silent Auction using your computer or mobile device. If you purchased individual tickets through our auction website, you have already received a text message with a link to your personal bidding account.

Please do not register for a new account to begin bidding; rather, you should click through that personal bidding link to access your account without the need for any login or password. As your bidding link is connected to your credit card on file, please only share it with individuals who are authorized to bid on your behalf (such as your spouse).

How to Register

If you are not attending the Gala and/or did not purchase tickets through our auction website, you can register by clicking here to visit our auction website and then choose “Sign In” in the top right corner of the page. (Choose “Sign in with email” and follow the instructions on screen.)

You will be asked to place a credit card on file to complete your registration, but nothing will be charged unless you are a winning bidder or make a donation. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a text message with a link to your personal bidding account. Use that link throughout the auction to access your account without a login or password!

How to Bid

Once you have accessed your account, browse by category or item name to begin bidding. On each item, you will see various options”

  • Bid: Hitting “Bid” will allow you to automatically enter the next pre-established bidding increment.
  • Set Maximum Bid: Before confirming your bid on an item, the system will allow you to manually enter any amount greater than the next bid or set a maximum bid. As others bid on this item, the system will automatically increase your bid, up to your maximum bid limit.
  • Watch: Clicking “Watch” will put this item in your “Activity” section, accessible by clicking the person icon in the top right corner of the page, for easy access.

As you enter a winning bid or are outbid, you will receive a text message alerting you of your status. You will be notified at the end of the Silent Auction if you are a winning bidder!

Need Help?

All Silent Auction items will be available for bidding until the silent auction closes the evening of Tuesday, March 10. Please contact Makenzie Delmotte at mdelmotte@nstreetvillage.org with any questions.