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.
A Self-Guided Restaurant Tour to Benefit N Street Village
WASHINGTON – TRR Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the Annual Celebrate Logan on Sept. 14 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET to benefit N Street Village, Washington, D.C.’s largest nonprofit serving the district’s homeless and low income women. The “Taste of 14th Street” will send attendees on a self-guided neighborhood food and beverage tour at some of the city’s top restaurants, where they will sample gourmet dishes while supporting their neighbors at N Street Village.
- Who: N Street Village and TRR Sotheby’s International Realty
- What: “Celebrate Logan,” a self-guided restaurant tour
- When: Sept. 14 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
- Where: Logan Circle and the 14th Street Corridor of northwest Washington, D.C.
This year’s participating restaurants include B Too, Barcelona, Compass Rose, Ghibellina, Logan Tavern, Pearl Dive, and Pappe, with VIP tastings from Chicken & Whiskey and Supra. More restaurants will be added up until the event date.
All proceeds from Celebrate Logan will be go directly to support the nearly 2,000 homeless and low-income women N Street Village welcomes each year. Every general admission ticket will provide 30 nutritious meals in the N Street Village Day Center. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, N Street Village helps women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. Learn more at www.nstreetvillage.org.
Meet Chaquita Goode and Matthew LaBorde, the team behind one of the Village’s newest programs, the MARJ & MAK Vocational Center.
The Vocational Center provides drop-in classes as well as one-on-one trainings to support women in reaching their goals related to education, employment, benefits, income, and/or financial health.
Can you describe N Street Village in three words? Colorful, welcoming, and uplifting. The Village has a way of making people feel good and wanting to come back.
What has been one of your favorite Village moments since you started? We have a “Volunteer Corps” of clients/residents who volunteer. It’s amazing to see women, who are experiencing a wide variety of personal traumas and setbacks, share their free time to give back to the community.
What is one of the biggest challenges you encounter in your daily job? It can be hard to come to grips
with the realization that many clients have been abandoned by their community, their family, and their friends. It makes the time I spend with clients to gain their trust and work with them toward their goals that much more meaningful.
Why does having an organization like N Street Village matter to a city like D.C.? Many of our marginalized communities are seeking welcoming spaces that aren’t over-policed, stigmatized, and unsafe. The Village provides these, and much more.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate, all the way!
Come see Chaquita and Matthew and our latest renovations! Contact Megan McKinley Thomas to set up your tour at 202.939.2074 or email@example.com.
We are so grateful to the many Village friends, supporters, partners, and groups that have generously given their time, talent and treasure to support us over the last few months. From donating toiletries to cooking dinners to hosting fundraisers, thank you for investing in the lives of the nearly 2,000 women who rely on N Street Village every year!
• 2U Communications
• 305 Fitness
• The Ambassadors Council
• American Sociological Association
• ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar
• Artist’s Proof Gallery
• Ascend Cycle
• Kimberly Barbano
• Beauty Counter
• Beauty Within
• Bhakti Yoga DC
• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Bray of Sunshine Designs
• Carol Mac Cookies
• Chef Amy Brandwein
• Brookings Institution
• Peter Brusoe
• Sister Simone Campbell
• Casa Confetti Design Studio
• Compass Rose
• Consumer Action Network
• The Dinner Dames
• Eastern Mennonite University
• Election Cycle
• Eva Lightfoot Photography
• Flores La Conchita
• Flow Yoga
• Honey & Hive Creations
• The Impact Committee
• Heather Kaye
• The Knot Worldwide
• Lee’s Flowers and Gifts
• M2057 by Maria Pinto
• Rachel Martin
• McEnearney Associates, Inc.
• Milk Bar
• Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot…
• Morgan Stanley
• National Association of Broadcasters
• Nellie’s Sports Bar
• Next Phase Studio
• The Omidyar Group
• Maggie O’Neill
• Orr Strategic
• The Outrage
• Park Hotels & Resorts
• Plants & Blooms Reimagined
• Potomac Chapter of the Links
• Robert Half
• Shah & Shah
• She Loves Me
• Linda Potter and Tim Shriver
• Urban Stems
• VIDA Fitness
• Washington Kastles
• Wesley Theological Seminary
• The Wing D.C.
• Wiley Rein
A few weeks ago, I visited N Street Village’s emergency shelter, Patricia Handy Place for Women, and had the chance to visit with some residents. There, I met a woman named Queenie – a tall African American woman who had just come from work.
She told me proudly that although she was sixty years old, she could still keep up with her younger colleagues at the D.C. Public School where she has worked for over twenty years.
Queenie had come to N Street Village a month ago and was still astonished to find herself there. She couldn’t really imagine how it had happened; her rent kept going up over the years as her pay lagged farther and farther behind until she was evicted.
She described having to choose what she would take from her apartment. How much could she fit in a few bags? How much could she carry and still walk? The feeling of having to choose between what she would take.
Then Queenie asked me, “So when do I get housing?”
I am accustomed to this question, but it always hard to hear. This January, more than 6,500 people in our city were experiencing homelessness and many thousands are on the waitlist for rental assistance (which is presently closed because the list is so long). And, as we all know, homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of poverty. Below, racism and discrimination breed inequity in all areas of women’s health and well-being, especially for African American women who are nine times as likely to experience homelessness and whose life expectancy is lower by a full nine years.
Back with Queenie, I could only tell her that we’d work with her as hard as possible.
We also know that Queenie’s story is just one of many, and that there is still much work to be done. But your voice as part of our Village community is a testimony that every individual in our city is deserving of
worth and dignity.
Housing, health, and well-being are for everyone in D.C. – with no exceptions, no one left behind.
Together, we are not GIVING charity, we are DOING justice. Together, we run on a different economy. We can see a day when every woman has a safe place to call home, and it starts with a marketplace of equity and a currency of compassion.
When I asked Queenie whether I could share her story with you, and if she would prefer that I use a pseudonym, she did not hesitate – “PLEASE tell them,” she said, “and use my name – I want them to know who I am.”
Every day at least one new woman arrives at our front door. Thank you for being there to greet her. Thank you for being there to seek justice and to embrace hope. Thank you for welcoming each and every woman in her full humanity and by her own true name.
N Street Village Chief Executive Officer
I grew up in the D.C. area. My parents had good jobs with the government, and I attended a private Catholic school from kindergarten through my senior year. When I was sixteen, I met a boy at a concert. I got pregnant and had my first child at 19. We got married, and had five more kids.
But despite the joy of my children, I endured three decades of violent abuse from my husband until I couldn’t take it anymore. I finally got the courage to leave him in 2007 and never looked back.
I decided to go to school and got a degree in criminal justice. I went on to work for the TSA for 13 years, but had to leave after I injured my back on the job.
The TSA paid me a year of severance – which was a blessing at first. But I soon found myself with nothing to do, still in pain, and alone with the traumatic memories from my marriage. I started using drugs as a way to escape, but then I couldn’t stop.
My life spiraled faster than I could have imagined. I lost my apartment, then my car. My relationship with my family – who I had always been close with – started to really suffer. I began sleeping on whatever couch I could find until even my friends got tired of me. I don’t blame them – honestly, by that time, I was tired
of myself too.
I was hopeless, homeless, and I couldn’t ignore anymore that I truly needed help. I checked myself into treatment, and that’s when I found out about N Street Village.
Going into the Village’s Recovery Program, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was a sisterhood. As a survivor of domestic violence, it has been especially helpful to be surrounded by women who can understand what I’ve been through. These friendships keep me accountable as I learn about selfdiscipline,
self-compassion, and how to live a life without drugs.
I’ve also been able to work with the Village’s MARJ & MAK Vocational Center. They have helped me apply
for disability benefits, improve my credit score (so that I can get housing in the future!), and get a job as a pharmaceutical tech at a local drugstore.
I am excited for the future. It’s like I am starting new – my kids are grown, and I finally have what it takes to work on myself. My parents are proud of me and my children are proud of me.
And I know I’ll always have the support of my Village sisters too.
N Street Village: What is Workplace Giving?
Nora Wagman: Workplace Giving is an easy way to use payroll deductions to make tax-deductible donations to your favorite non-profits!
NSV: Is it easy to enroll?
NW: It’s extremely easy, you can set it up once and then forget about it. If your employer has a Workplace Giving enrollment period, all you have to do is sign-up to make a monthly or quarterly pledge for the year. Your donation amount is automatically deducted from your paycheck—you no longer have to worry about sending checks, setting up online payments, or tracking for your taxes—all of this is done for you!
NSV: How can I find out if my employer participates in workplace giving?
NW: 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). If you’re still unsure, ask your HR Department!
NSV: Can I make a one-time donation instead?
NW: Yes, you can make one-time donations through any of the above Workplace Giving avenues.
NSV: How can my employer participate in workplace giving?
NW: Many employers also offer matching gifts to the organizations their employees are supporting. Regardless of how you support N Street Village— either through Workplace Giving or volunteer hours, reach out to your HR department to see if they offer matching gifts or service grants. You could double, even triple, 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?
NW: If you have questions about how to find out if your organization has a Workplace Giving or matching gift program, and how to get set up, please reach out to me, Nora Wagman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSV: Would an N Street Village representative be able to come to my workplace and share about other ways to get involved with the Village?
NW: 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 Makenzie at email@example.com.
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CFC #90946 & United Way #8281