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

Your 9 to 5 Can Make a Difference 24/7

N Street Village: What is Workplace Giving?

Alex Fren: Workplace giving is an easy way to contribute financially to organizations you care about. Donations come out of your paycheck pre-tax.

NSV: Is it easy to enroll?

AF: Workplace giving is one of the easiest ways to give because you can set it up once and then forget about it. During your employer’s workplace giving enrollment period (if they have one), you make a pledge for the year, and then chose to have the payment taken out of your paycheck on a monthly or quarterly basis. The amount is then automatically deducted from your paycheck—you don’t have to worry about sending a check, setting up a payment online, or tracking separate records for your taxes—all of this is done for you!

NSV: How can I find out if my employer participates in workplace giving?

AF: Many employers offer workplace giving, either through their own internal program, an online program (such as Benevity, JustGiving, Global Giving, etc.), or through the United Way/Combined Federal Campaign Fund (N Street’s United Way # is 8281, and our Combined Federal Campaign # is 90946)

NSV: Can I make a one-time donation instead?

AF: Yes, you can make one-time donations through any of the workplace giving avenues.

NSV: Would an N Street Village representative be able to come to my workplace and share more about how to get involved in workplace giving?

AF: We would love to attend a lunch, women’s committee meeting, or other event at your workplace, to share with your coworkers more about the organization you support! If you would like us to give a presentation to your workplace, please contact Heidi at hgauthier@nstreetvillage.org.

NSV: How can my employer participate in workplace giving?

AF: Many employers also offer matching gifts to the organizations that their employees support. Regardless of how you support N Street Village—through workplace giving or general support or volunteer hours, reach out to your HR department to see if they offer matching gifts or service grants, and double the impact that your gift makes in the lives of the women we serve.

NSV: If I have questions about workplace giving, who can I contact?

AF: If you have questions about how to find out if your organization offers a matching gift program and how to get set up, please reach out to me, Alex Fren at afren@nstreetvillage.org

Alex Fren started as the Development Associate in August 2017. Part of that role includes managing workplace giving at N Street Village. She spends her free time reading, volunteering, or hanging out with her cats.

Celebrate Logan

N Street Village partners with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty to host Celebrate Logan: A Taste of 14th Street. Our Village friends enjoy a three-hour self-guided tasting tour of 14th street partners.

Together, we have raised critical funds that directly support the nearly 2,000 women that N Street Village serves each year.

2017 Annual Empowerment Luncheon Featuring the Voices of Village

N Street Village Board Members: Jane Fishkin, Jacqui Michel, Peter Shields and Hillary Baltimore (Photo credit: Jenny Lehman Photography)

The Village welcomed nearly 400 guests on June 15 at the Annual Empowerment Luncheon. We were inspired by the Voices of the Village – extraordinary women who came to the Village doors looking for the strength of community, the hope of renewal and the determination to make real, lasting change in their lives.

Thank you to all the women who shared their stories with us and to our Village friends and family who were there to celebrate!

N Street Village CEO Schroeder Stribling and the Village Empowerment Line (Photo credit: Paul Kim Photography)

Thank you to the 2017 Annual Empowerment Luncheon Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Cindy & Mark Aron
TD&P Consulting/Keith Harley Products

Champion Sponsors

N Street Village CEO Schroeder Stribling and the Village Empowerment Line (Photo credit: Paul Kim Photography)

Discovery Communications
Ruth & Arne Sorenson
Wiley Rein LLP

Platinum Sponsor

Sherry Hiemstra & Decker Anstrom

Gold Sponsors

Hillary & Tom Baltimore
National Association of Broadcasters
Marcia & Chuck Solem
Sid Stolz & David Hatfield

Supporting Sponsors

Carolyn Arpin & Benjamin Sacks
Margaret & Gary Maring
Dale McDaniel
Jacqui Michel & Friends
WC Smith

Village Friends

Stuart & Ben Allen
Erika & Scott Bolden
Sara Conrad
Polsinelli Public Policy Practice
Andrea & Scott Ponsor
Ashell & Larry Robertson
RJ Whyte Event Production
Cathy & Bob Solomon
Schroeder Stribling & Betsy Pursell
Dr. Lisa R. Ginn/SKIN@LRG

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.

Aura Cacia Brings Positive Change

N Street Village is honored to be a recipient of funding from the Aura Cacia Positive Change Project. Aura Cacia, a purveyor of essential oils, skin care oils and related products made from simple and pure botanical ingredients, awarded N Street Village $60,000 to support the expansion of the peer-led Leadership Council and deliver outreach efforts through the N Street Village Day Center.

Both projects align with Aura Cacia’s vision of helping women facing difficult life situations make transformational improvements in their lives. The Day Center welcomes women and helps them consider what changes they can make in their lives to move out of homelessness and stabilize their housing. The Leadership Council enables women to reclaim their voices and practice assertiveness and critical thinking skills.

We are excited to build a meaningful partnership with Aura Cacia, and together reach great outcomes in both programs.

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.

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.”


PDF: WT_Annual_Gala_2017

Washington Post: N Street Village empowers women

“N Street Village, a social service agency in Northwest Washington that celebrates and empowers homeless and low-income women, raised more than $1.5 million Tuesday night during its star-studded annual gala at the Marriott Marquis ballroom.

“We are here tonight to celebrate many milestones reached and countless obstacles overcome,” N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling told a sold-out crowd. “We celebrate the opening this year of Pat Handy Place and the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, which combine to make five locations of our Village providing safe and dignified housing for 500 individuals, and support services for 2,000 each year.” –

Washington Post, March 15, 2017. Read the full article at the Washington Post online, or view the pdf [WP_Annual_Gala_2017].