Karen was born and raised in D.C. She started using drugs in high school, as the pressure to be cool and fit in began to escalate. She graduated high school, but what began as a casual habit with friends soon spiraled into a serious drug addiction.

“My goal was to go to college, and I could have done it if I hadn’t started using.”

Karen started doing whatever she had to in order to get her fix. She lived on the streets, ending up in jail several times. She kept using until she tried to kill herself.

“I woke up in detox, not even remembering how I got there. I had tried to take my life.”

Wanting to continue to focus on her sobriety, the detox program recommended that Karen go to N Street Village. She moved into the Village’s Recovery Housing Program and immediately connected with the other women in the program. Her bright smile and friendliness soon became well-known throughout the community.

“I wanted to stay clean, at least I thought I did. I loved it while I was at N Street Village, but I had a hard time staying out of trouble.”

After completing the recovery program, Karen moved back home. Surrounded by her old friends and without the support of the Village, she soon found herself in the same cycle and old habits. One day, while she was out on the streets, she ran into an old friend from N Street Village who reminded her that she always had a place at the Village. Having hit rock bottom again, Karen knew she couldn’t do it on her own.

With the help of her N Street Village family, she once again started down the long road to recovery. In 2012, Karen was welcomed back to N Street Village as a permanent resident.

“This is my third – and longest – time I’ve ever been clean. The first two times I did it for my family. This time, I’m doing it for me.”

As of May, Karen will be celebrating 10 years of sobriety.

Today, Karen is an active member of the community, volunteering her time at N Street Village’s welcome desk and generously sharing her story with the many groups and individuals that tour through the Village.

“N Street Village gave me my life back, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

N Street Village Gala Celebrates 45 Years of Serving Women Experiencing Homelessness in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paula Buggage never expected to be homeless. She’d spent 16 years in corporate America, only returning to her childhood home in D.C. with her husband and two sons after getting the call her father was sick. But in a matter of months, her husband and father passed away suddenly and she lost everything. As a new widow without a job, money, or place to stay, Paula and her two sons moved into their car until she found friends who could take care of her sons. Paula was alone and homeless for the first time in her life.  She arrived at the doors of N Street Village with her entire life belongings in a single bag.

Paula Buggage accepts the Steinbruck Award at the N Street Village 45th Anniversary Gala.

Paula is just one of the many who find themselves at N Street Village, the largest provider for housing and services for homeless women in Washington, D.C. Today, N Street Village welcomes nearly 2,000 of the city’s most vulnerable women every year, and provides safe and supportive housing to more than 700 women and 51 families in five locations throughout the city.

On March 14, 2018, Paula, along with residents Karen Bell and Rita Lewis, were honored as just three of the countless women N Street Village has empowered during the organizations’ 45 years.

2018 Steinbruck Awardees on stage with N Street Village CEO Schroeder Stribling and Ledisi.

“Your support tonight is the last echo of a 45 year promise which remains vital and life-saving in our city,” said N Street Village CEO Schroeder Stribling. “We need each other. We all have something to give each other – material or not. There are many different currencies, but the math always checks out in compassion.”

Alongside a crowd of nearly 900, the night also recognized longtime Village supporters, Stu and Pat Van Scoyoc, who were proud to announce their investment to open The MARJ and MAK Vocational Center, named in honor of their mothers. The award was presented by Village alumna who had a long career and recently retired from Van Scoyoc Associates.

Pat and Stu Van Scoyoc accept the 2018 Founder’s Award with CEO Schroeder Stribling and N Street Village Alumna and Van Scoyoc Associates Retiree, Olivia Ramsey.

“Our commitment to the MARJ and MAK Center started with a dream for a center for women to learn the skills to re-enter the workforce. The dream of the MARJ and MAK Center is realized. Pat and I are excited about the 300 more women who will gain skills there,” said Stu Van Scoyoc.

Special musical guest and twelve-time Grammy-nominated artist Ledisi performed “Pieces of Me” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise to sing in unison the message that would carry through the evening: “I am a woman. Yes, I am a woman, these are the pieces of me!”

Twelve-time Grammy-nominated artist Ledisi performs with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise.

Overall, the evening raised a total of nearly $1.4 million, which will be used to ensure that the doors of N Street Village, which have been open 365 days a year for the past 45 years, remain open to any women in need. No matter what brings a woman to its doorstep—whether it be homelessness, mental illness, addiction, violence and abuse, health problems, unemployment, or some combination thereof—the Village will meet her right where she is and welcome her into a community of hospitality, healing, and hope.

3. N Street Village Chief Development Officer Stuart Allen, Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Congressman Joseph and Kasey Crowley, Honorary Gala Committee Member Congressman Bill Shuster, Congressman Rodney Davis, Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Congressman Jeff and Sonia Denham.

Also in attendance were:

  • N Street Village Board of Directors Chair, Peter Shields
  • Marriott CEO, Arne Sorenson, and N Street Village Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Ruth Sorenson
  • 45th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairs Hillary and Tom Baltimore, Erika and A. Scott Bolden, and Dafna Tapiero and Alan Fleischmann
  • 45th Anniversary Gala Honorary Co-Chairs Congressman Joseph and Mrs. Kasey Crowley and Congressman Jeff and Mrs. Sonia Denham
  • And other Congressional members and D.C. government officials

Hollywood on the Potomac/Georgetown Dish: N Street Village Gala

A spring snow storm didn’t stop this crowd! N Street Village welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, March 14th. It was a record-breaking Gala, raising well over $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Last year was the first $1M gala for N Street Village.

Bis Now: N Street Village Gala

Tuesday night, we braved the snowy conditions and made it downtown to the Marriott Marquis for the annual N Street Village Gala! Before the main program, guests enjoyed a reception featuring an open bar, silent auction items and delicious appetizers. Here, supporter Sharon Cady joins gala steering committee member Allison Putala, her husband, Putala Strategies’ Chris Putala, and Arent Fox’s and former Sen. Byron Dorgan. https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/washington-dc-scene/n-street-gala-72228

DC Modern Luxury: N Street Village Gala

THE PARTY A little snow didn’t hold back gala attendees from dressing up and showing their support for N Street Village at their annual gala held at the Marriott Marquis. The award-winning social services agency provides housing and support to homeless and low-income women in the DC metro area and provides support services for over 2,000 women yearly. Attendees showed their support through the silent auction with an array of items including tickets to the Masters, private catering with RSVP Caterers and box seats at a Nats Game. The evening continued with a delicious sit down dinner and inspiring words from N Street Village clients, event chairs and staff…


Capitol File Magazine: 2017 N Street Village Gala

On March 14, 2017, N Street Village, the largest provider of housing and services for women in D.C. experiencing homelessness, welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis. The gala broke records by raising more than $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Two-time Grammy nominee, Andra Day, served as special musical guest singing “Rise Up” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise.


40th Anniversary Gala Steinbruck Honorees

On April 9, nearly 600 friends and supporters of N Street Village came together at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., for N Street Village’s 40th Anniversary Gala. This annual event celebrates those in our community who help homeless and low-income women make positive changes in their lives and also honors the achievements of our clients. This year’s gala was a huge success, raising more than $760,000!

At this year’s gala, we recognized three remarkable N Street Village clients who are an inspiration to all of us: Evelyn Brensen, Marshalle Gaither, and Ann Hill. The women received the N Street Village Steinbruck Award, which is presented annually to the clients whose leadership, persistence and determination reflect that of Erna and John Steinbruck, the co-founders of N Street Village.

In this video, which was shown at the gala, Evelyn, Marshalle, and Ann share what brought them to N Street Village and how their experience in our programs changed their lives for the better.

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Vote for N Street Village | Best of D.C.

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It’s back! The Washington City Paper’s “Best of D.C.” reader’s poll is now live and N Street Village is asking for your vote. You can share your love for N Street Village by voting for the Village in two categories:

Best Place to Volunteer in D.C.

Best Non-profit in D.C.

*NOTE* Both can be found under the “People and Places” category, just select “More.”

City ChicFor even more voting fun – vote for City Chic Real Estate in the “Best Real Estate Agent” category and N Street Village will receive $1 for your vote. Learn more about how to make your vote count for N Street Village.

Spread the word. Get out the vote. Thanks so much!

Our Community Champion

Schroeder Mystics 2On July 6, N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling received the honor of Community Champion from the Washington Mystics and Capital One Bank.

At every home game the Washington Mystics and Capital One Bank partner together to recognize heroes in the greater D.C. area.  Schroeder was selected for her leadership to N Street Village as well as her caring spirit.  Our Village community salutes Schroeder for her achievements and for the dedication she shares with us every day.