BisNow: Keeping our Promise

“Last night, we headed to N Street Village for the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony concluding the Keeping Our Promise capital campaign.”

 

 

N Street Village Announces Completion of Capital Campaign with Ribbon Cutting and Ground Breaking attended by DC Mayor or Councilmembers

N Street Village, the largest provider of housing and supportive services for women experiencing homelessness in Washington D.C, is proud to announce the completion of the $9 million Keeping Our Promise Capital Campaign to preserve affordable housing, as well as expand supportive housing and programs. The collaborative public-private effort was celebrated yesterday, Wednesday May 31, 2017, at the flagship site at 1333 N Street NW where there was a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting of the completion of Phase 1 construction, and the ground breaking for the final phase of construction at the site.

The N Street Village Board of Directors, chaired by Wiley Rein LLP Managing Partner Peter Shields, and Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by N Street Village Board Vice-Chair Ruth Sorenson and her husband, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, were joined by key stakeholders including:  Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Jack Evans, Polly Donaldson, Director of DHCD, Derrick Perkins, Sr. VP at Bank of America, Todd Lee from DCHFA, Jeff Stryker, Senior EVP & CFO at Burke & Herbert Bank, and N Street Village Honorary Board Member Linda Daschle and Senator Tom Daschle, who together serve as Honorary Co-chairs for the Capital Campaign.

Schroeder Stribling, N Street Village’s Executive Director, remarked, “For nearly 45 years, we have kept a promise to welcome every woman who arrives at our door with respect and dignity. Our promise is to offer housing all along the spectrum of need, from emergency shelter to affordable and permanent supportive housing and to enrich that housing with a full spectrum of basic and support services.” She continued, “I am thrilled that we are all gathered here today, a community of partners – a Village – to say: We are keeping our promise.”

Through the support of this Campaign, the “village” of partners helped to preserve affordable housing for 51 families and expand permanent supportive housing by 10%. At the completion of this project we will offer increased safety and hospitality, expanded programs including the opening of The Judith Morris Wellness Center, and updated and 30% larger Bethany Women’s Day Center, and the Comcast Learning and Technology Lab.

Washington Times: D.C. homeless shelter raises $1.5 million for social services assistance

The District’s N Street Village charity, which works with social services to transition homeless and low-income women in the capital area to jobs and independent living, raised over $1.5 million at a fundraising gala Tuesday evening — the most successful event in the charity’s history.

Despite a late-season snowstorm, speakers and guests converged on the Marriott Marquis in Northwest for the event, which featured two-time Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day speaking and singing before nearly 1,000 guests.

“My prayer for this song that it is healing and inspiring,” Miss Day said before performing “Rise Up” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise. “I see music in its purest form as healing, and the women at N Street Village are examples of the power of healing.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/15/dc-homeless-shelter-raises-15-million-social-servi/

PDF: WT_Annual_Gala_2017

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From right to left – N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling along with Village Board Members Gary Maring and Robin Halsband pause for a quick team photo during last night’s Point-in-Time Homeless Persons Count. The annual census collects data on homelessness in our community.  Results of the census are used to see what programs may have worked to reduce homelessness over the past year and to help our local government develop policies that can ultimately eliminate it.

A country without compassion?

This blog post is in response to Charles Blow’s August 9, 2013 New York Times op-ed piece, “A Town Without Pity,” which was about America’s attitude toward the poor and homeless.  Blow’s article is a must read for all who are concerned about the poor and disenfranchised.  As Blow comments in his article, we were once the land of liberty that welcomed the world’s poor and homeless.

Yet today, many in America seem to have nothing but disdain for the poor.  Only last week, I wrote about the vengeance being unleashed in the House of Representatives against safety net programs for the poor. They propose massive cuts in these programs often wrapped in language of contempt for those in poverty.  As one who has been involved for 40 years with my congregation, Luther Place Memorial Church in D.C., serving homeless women at N Street Village, I want to offer a different perspective on the issues of poverty and homelessness in America then the one so prevalent in America today including in the chambers of our Congress.

My pastor of 27 years, John Steinbruck, gradually helped open our congregation’s eyes to the social justice message of the biblical texts, and he guided us in how to be good stewards of our church property and resources. N Street Village, a continuum of services for homeless and very low-income women, grew out of some old, run-down townhouses and a parking lot owned by the church. N Street Village supporters from multiple faith traditions helped build this amazing place of healing.

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When our new facility was opened in 1996, we were proud to display biblical texts of compassion, justice, and hospitality on the entrance to N Street Village.

We discovered through working with the homeless women who came through our doors that they were not lazy freeloaders seeking to get a handout as often is the claim by those who want to cut safety net programs.  These women were desperately seeking help for lives that had seen abuse, abandonment, mental illness, addictions, loss of jobs and housing, and more.  We have witnessed so many wonderful transformations on our block through our customized safety net programs for the homeless.  N Street Village now serves more than 60 percent of the population of homeless women in DC and is one of the premier programs in the nation offering a complete continuum of services to women seeking to reestablish wholeness of life. Government support, along with private charity, and private participation were all instrumental in achieving our success.

Religious historian Karen Armstrong identifies compassion as the most important and common tenet among the world’s major religions and the Dalai Lama (who visited N Street Village in 2007) similarly says that compassion and social justice is the common message of all the world’s major religions. I end with words of Karen Armstrong who says: “We can either empathize with those aspects of our traditions, religious or secular, that speak of hatred, exclusion, and suspicion, or work with those that stress the interdependence and equality of all human beings.” The choice belongs to each of us.

Gary MaringBy Gary Maring – Gary is a member of Luther Place Membership Church and one of the founders of N Street Village.  He continues his commitment to N Street Village through membership on the Board of Directors and volunteer service.  Out of his 40 years of experience serving at Luther Place and N Street Village, he was moved to publish “Faith, Social Justice, and Public Policy.” He also authors a blog, which focuses “Faith, Social Justice, and Public Policy.”

“We want N Street Village to be there.”

McDaniel, DaleDale McDaniel has been a part of the N Street Village community since the beginning. He was a parishioner at Luther Place Memorial Church when Pastor John Steinbruck and his wife, Erna founded N Street Village with support from Jewish and Catholic congregations to respond to the  poverty and homelessness facing the Logan Circle neighborhood following the 1968 riots. He has seen N Street Village grow into something much greater than the founders could have hoped for. Reflecting on his involvement, he notes that “I have received far more than I have given when I see and hear how the women of N Street Village have regained control of their lives.”

That’s why he and his now deceased wife Deanna decided to include N Street Village in their planned giving. As much as he hopes the issue of homelessness will no longer a problem, he is realistic and wants N Street Village to continue meeting the needs of homeless women after he dies. Working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation, they created two planned vehicles to benefit N Street Village—a charitable gift annuity and charitable remainder trust. Dale notes that there are many other ways to make a planned gift including simply writing N Street Village into your will.

N Street Village is grateful to Dale and Deanna for their planned gifts. Through their generosity, they will ensure that N Street Village will be there for the homeless women of Washington, D.C. for many years to come.

To learn more about how you can make a planned gift to N Street Village, you can contact Stuart Allen, Director of Development at 202-536-2085 or sallen@nstreetvillage.org.

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This week - N Street Village’s Board of Directors, won the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011 Board Leadership Award for organizations with a budget over $2 million. N Street Village’s Board was one of 21 nominees and five finalists for the award.

Our Award-Winning Board Shares Its Secrets to Success

Congratulations to N Street Village’s Board of Directors, winner of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011 Board Leadership Award for organizations with a budget over $2 million. N Street Village’s Board was one of 21 nominees and five finalists for the award.

Board Chair Vickie McCormick said, “This award is such a special honor. Our Board’s great team of strategic thinkers and visionaries, coupled with our dedicated staff leadership all go above and beyond the call of duty and truly deserve this recognition.” Read full press release.

So what is it that makes this award-winning Board so successful?  Here, we share their top 8 effective practices.

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