N Street Village Welcomes Three New Programs in 2019

This year, the Village is expanding to include three new
specialized programs focused on addiction recovery, mental
health stability, and vocational training.

Like many of the Village programs, these innovative initiatives
were shaped by Village residents and alumna, who participated
in focus groups to provide input on what was needed in the
Village community and continuum of care. Their voice, combined
with data and responses from the 2017 Needs Assessment by
the Women’s Task Force of the D.C. Interagency Council on
Homelessness, set the framework to launch these programs.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you in the
coming year!

• THE GREENHOUSE, named in honor of longtime Village
staff member and alumna Evelyn Green, is a place for women
to find freedom from substance abuse and to enter a new
life in recovery. The program also includes potential access to
recovery-focused housing.

• THE HOLISTIC HOUSING PROGRAM is a residential
program providing women with a supportive and therapeutic
community to address mental health stability and holistic
wellness.

• THE MARJ & MAK 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.
The Center was named in honor of the mothers of long-time
Village friends, Stu and Pat Van Scoyoc, whose contributions
helped make this program possible.

Your ongoing support helps ensure the Village can meet every
woman where she is and provide the hope, community, and tools
to take the next step on her journey of healing and recovery.

Thank You, Urban Institute and World Bank!

This year, N Street Village was honored to be selected as a part of the 2018-2019 Urban Institute and World Bank’s Measure4Change (M4C) Cohort.

We will be working with national experts to understand and measure the occurrence of substance use disorders, mental health concerns, and experiences of trauma. We will then use this data to examine how well our programs support women’s recovery in these areas. Over the next two years, we’ll be sharing what we learn throughout the greater D.C.-area, as well as nationwide.

Stay tuned for future updates as we continue!

Announcing a New Partnership for International Women’s Day

LYFT PARTNERS WITH N STREET VILLAGE THROUGH ROUND UP & DONATE PROGRAM

Initiative gives DC passengers opportunity to have fares rounded up to nearest dollar to help homeless and low-income women

WASHINGTON, DC (March 8, 2018) – To commemorate International Women’s Day, Lyft, the fastest growing on-demand transportation  service in the U.S., today announced its initiative to provide DC-area passengers a way to support and donate to local DC non-profit, N Street Village, which supports homeless and low-income women.

Through Lyft’s Round Up & Donate feature, DC passengers can now opt-in to have their fare rounded up to the nearest dollar and have the difference donated to N Street Village. By selecting  N Street Village as the first local partner in DC for Round-Up & Donate passengers in DC can opt-in to help homeless women make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.

“N Street Village is grateful and excited to be partnering with Lyft for Round Up and Donate,” said N Street Village Chief Executive Officer Schroeder Stribling. “Over the past 45 years, our mission has grown from a small grassroots initiative to providing a full range of housing and supportive services throughout our five D.C. locations. Nearly 2,000 women experiencing homelessness and related challenges come to the Village each year. Every contribution is meaningful and ‘lyfts’ up the courage and personal triumphs of our city’s most vulnerable women. Thank you to Lyft and its riders for being a part of our Village story!”

Lyft has helped support the DC community since launching in the region in 2013, not only providing safe, affordable, and reliable rides to DC residents and visitors, but offering an important economic opportunity for the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who drive with Lyft.

In recent months, Lyft has contributed to the DC community in numerous ways, including a recent launch of the Community Grants Program, Merry Mode to benefit Martha’s Table, and more.

“Lyft’s partnership with N Street Village is a continuation of our commitment to supporting nonprofits and small businesses in the DC area,” said Steve Taylor, Lyft’s Mid-Atlantic General Manager. “The amount donated by rounding up a Lyft ride fare to the nearest dollar is less than the cost of a cup of coffee. But together, these small contributions from rides taken across the Lyft community can make an enormous impact on the important work N Street Village is doing to support homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC.”

Valerie Jarrett, a supporter of N Street Village and member of Lyft’s Board of Directors said, “N Street Village plays a pivotal role in supporting homeless and low-income women in Washington DC, and I am proud to see Lyft supporting this organization. Round-Up & Donate has enabled communities around the country to make a difference with every ride, every day and by adding N Street Village to Round Up & Donate in DC, Lyft is empowering its community to take small actions to make a big difference.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said, “I am proud of my constituents in D.C. for coming together to support one of our most worthy causes. I thank Lyft and its N Street Village partner for making it possible for Washingtonians to contribute to positive change in the lives of women on International Women’s Day and beyond.”

To opt-in, passengers should select Round-Up & Donate within Settings in the Lyft app. Nationwide, Lyft has raised more than $4M through Round-Up & Donate.  For more information about, go to https://www.lyft.com/round-up.

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About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S. and is available to 95 percent of the US population and Toronto, Canada. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.

About N Street Village

For over 45 years, N Street Village has helped women achieve personal stability and make life-changing gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery. The Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The organization also provides affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. For more about N Street Village, please visit http://www.nstreetvillage.org.

 

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Voices of Gratitude: Deborah’s Story

My name is Deborah.

I was born and raised in D.C. even though everybody says I sound like I’m from South Carolina. That’s where my mom’s family is from, but I’ve only been once, when I was 12.

I’m happy to share my story with you because I love N Street Village.

My story starts in seventh grade, when I started drinking and using drugs. I dropped out of school – and kept right on drinking, kept doing drugs. I drank myself in and out of treatment centers and jail. I lost custody of my kids and got thrown out my friend’s and family’s houses. Time and time again I promised them and I promised myself I would get sober.

By the end, I was sleeping outside, moving from pillar to post, trying to find anywhere just to lay my head for the night. I had to stay mean just to survive – I couldn’t stop fighting. But I couldn’t stop using either. By that point in my addiction, the drugs had taken me over and using was the only way I could even feel normal.

I realized I’d hit rock bottom after I’d broken into a vacant apartment. Laying on the cold, hard floor, I watched the roaches crawling around next to a rat, and I thought: “Deborah, this is not the way you’re supposed to be living. You’ve got to do better than this.”

I needed help, so I called my son’s godmother and told her I was going back to the treatment center and I’d be in there until I got my life back together. And I did – I completed the program. But after that I had nowhere to go – I had no home and I had burned so many bridges that I had no one to left to turn to.

The treatment center recommended I go to N Street Village and told me they’d have a bed for me. “Look for Evelyn Green,” she said. After being thrown out for so many years, you have no idea what it’s like to know there is a place for you, a safe place and a place where you’re actually wanted.

I moved into Luther Place Night Shelter and I began to see myself differently. I’d spent so long saying, “I don’t care” to everyone and everything. But care was the keyword I needed to put back in my life.

N Street Village taught me to start caring for myself instead of numbing the pain with drinking and drugs.

Today, thanks to N Street Village, my sons are proud of me for the first time. I volunteer in the Village kitchen, cooking and preparing food. I’m back in school, determined to get that GED and proud to show off my report card with A’s and B’s! And now, thanks to N Street Village, I’ve just moved into my very own apartment – something I never thought would be possible with my background and record.

Donate now to ensure that 2,000 women have the opportunity for transformation like Deborah did.

I wish I could have told myself ten years ago to do what I’m doing now. I can’t turn back time, but we all have the chance to be there for others who desperately need our help and hope. Here at N Street Village, the “older” residents gave that to me and now it’s my job to pass it on. I know that many of you reading my story helped me also.

I wish I could meet you in person to say this: you have my eternal gratitude,

– Deborah

P.S. Your donation will ensure our doors remain open for women like Deborah to find a place where they are wanted – a community of empowerment that honors her inherent dignity and effectively supports achievement of her individual goals. Please give today.

Meet Kenyatta Brunson, Director of Programs

Kenyatta recently celebrated one year as our Director of Programs at the Village. Our Chief Executive Officer, Schroeder Stribling, has admired Kenyatta’s work in homeless services for years, and we are delighted to have her on our team.

Prior to coming to N Street Village, Kenyatta spent over ten years managing women’s shelters, transitional programs for families, and hypothermia shelters in D.C. We recently sat down with Kenyatta to discuss her first year as a member of the Village Senior Leadership Team.

N Street Village: Why did you want to join the N Street Village family?

Kenyatta: I have known Schroeder Stribling for over ten years through working in the same sector, and the reputation of N Street Village is stellar. When the Patricia Handy Place grant was announced and the new positions opened at the Village, I thought this would be a great opportunity. Before I applied, I did some research and asked friends who worked there what it was like. They all talked about it being a peaceful place to work where they felt really supported.

N Street Village: Can you describe the Village in three words or less?

Kenyatta: Supportive, Innovative, Energetic.

N Street Village: What makes N Street Village unique to you?

Kenyatta: My job is much more than managing programs; I see my role as connecting with the whole community of people who come to our Village. Whether client or staff or volunteer, I want them to come to the Village and feel that they matter.

N Street Village: How long have you lived in the D.C. area?

Kenyatta: I was a Military brat growing up, we moved around constantly. My father was career Air Force – we lived in Korea, Hawaii, Texas, the Philippines… Finally, my mom said, we need to settle down somewhere! So we landed in the D.C. area.

N Street Village: We all have tourist friends come to town, where is your favorite place to take them?

Kenyatta: After driving an hour and half each way to get into D.C. every day, when friends come to town we usually stay closer to our house in Maryland! Sometimes we will venture up to Baltimore to the Science Center or the Port Discovery — my daughter loves these places! And when the weather is nice, we love the parks.

N Street Village: What’s the last movie you saw, or book you read, and really liked?

Kenyatta: Kids movies or adult movies?! My favorite adult movie was Hidden Figures. I found it so inspiring. With my master’s in psychology, I also love psychological thrillers. My daughter’s favorite movie is Frozen. If I hear “Let it Go” one more time…

Thanks for getting to know another member of the Village leadership team.

What did you do this year?

Schroeder 2 - CopyAs I look back on the past year at N Street Village, you come to mind.

In the midst of your busy days in 2014, you found a way to make a difference here.

Because of you:

  • 171 women had a safe place to call home in our transitional or permanent supportive housing programs
  • 51 low-income families had affordable housing
  • 31,457 nutritious meals were served
  • More than 1,000 women had access to life-saving programs through our Day Center and Wellness Center

Thank you. Your investment ensured that N Street Village was here to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services and programs to those who need us most.

As I now look forward to 2015, I know that there are many challenges still ahead. Affordable housing in DC continues to be in critical shortage, and the wait for a needed rental subsidy can last many years. The average cost for a one bedroom apartment is now more than $1,400 – far beyond the reach of someone who is working a minimum wage job. These truths leave so many women at risk of poverty, homelessness and the myriad of health, mental health and other consequences that ensue.

This holiday season and every day of the year, N Street Village is committed to providing shelter, housing, food, health care, income supports, crisis assistance, and day shelter for our city’s most vulnerable women. And we are privileged to watch many wonderful stories unfold as these individuals use the resources of our Village to transform their lives and reach their personal goals.

I imagine that you think much as I do: when any of us are in need of support, we want to be greeted with dignity and kindness, and we want to know that the help we receive will be effective. That happens daily as together, we work to keep the doors of this Village open, to create our community of respect, and to empower women to make measurable progress in their lives.   This past week alone we welcomed 21 new women to N Street Village – we are extending this same promise and possibility to each of them.

Today, let us celebrate what we have accomplished together this year. And may we find inspiration and strength for the journey ahead in the coming New Year.

Yours in gratitude,
Schroeder Stribling

 

 

Fresh off the Press: FY14 Village Annual Report

FY2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) marks the 40th anniversary of N Street Village’s founding. Every day for the past 40 years, the doors of N Street Village have been open to thousands of women who seek help, hope, and a new beginning. In this year’s annual report, we highlight women who live at N Street Village and their accomplishments. We hope you enjoy!

Whole Foods Market P Street 5% Day to Benefit N Street Village

Whole Foods 5% DayGrab your shopping bags and join us at Whole Foods Market P Street on Wednesday, July 16, when 5% of the sales will support N Street Village’s programs and services.

Your shopping will support the healthy meal service N Street Village provides to nearly 1,400 low-income and homeless women each year. The meals served are designed specifically for women living with diabetes and other factors that may increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Ann, a resident of N Street Village, shared why access to healthy, affordable meals is important to her:

“Having access to healthy food on a limited budget is important to me because I will be able to live a longer life without obesity, which gives me the emotional and physical strength I need to be an active participant in my own life.”

N Street Village is proud of its ongoing partnership with Whole Foods Market P Street, from its weekly donations of fresh food to its staff who volunteer regularly in our community.

We are honored to be selected as the 5% Day recipient and hope you will join us in saying thank you to Whole Foods Market P Street for being such an active member of the community.

Don’t forget to shop with us on Wednesday, July 16!

You Will Remember Who I Am

HOW I GOT OVER BANNER for email sent 6-24-2014This weekend HOW I GOT OVER premiered at the AFI DOCS Documentary Festival to sold-out audiences on Saturday and Sunday. The film took a deep look at the power of the arts—while also exploring the root causes of homelessness and the truths of poverty in America—asking one profound question over and over: “Can art save your life?”

HOW I GOT OVER, by Nicole Boxer (producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War), chronicles the journey of 15 formerly homeless women, living in N Street Village’s Recovery Housing program, as they participate in The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program. In the end of HOW I GOT OVER, the women take to the Kennedy Center stage, where they step into the spotlight to share their harrowing true-life stories in a sold out, one-night-only performance, which took place in April 2012.

Throughout the powerful documentary, the actors from N Street Village share their experiences of trauma, addiction, recovery, perseverance, and triumph. They find hope, and we as viewers come to know who they are as individuals in our community.

While you cannot see the documentary in your local movie theater, yet, you can read a great article featured on the cover of The Washington Post’s Metro section this past weekend.

Thank you for all that YOU do to make these amazing Village moments possible!

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Marshalle Cannot Wait to Tell You…

Marshalle BannerDuring this graduation season, we are writing to share wonderful news: Marshalle just graduated!

Marshalle was only 29 when she first came to the N Street Village. She never completed high school because taking care of her ailing parents became a demanding, full-time job. When Marshalle was 19, her mother died. Over the next three years Marshalle’s grandmother, father, sister and son also passed away. She was devastated.

Left with all of her family possessions, Marshalle lacked the skills to take care of those things. She lost everything. Marshalle wanted to disappear. Drugs were an easy escape, first marijuana and then crack. Over the next nine years, Marshalle was in and out of jail for possession and prostitution. Marshalle wanted to change.

While in jail, Marshalle learned about N Street Village and once released, moved into the Village’s Recovery Housing program, a community where women live together and work on stabilizing their mental health and overcoming addiction. She learned how to open up about the pain and loss that she had been covering up for so many years.

“Before coming to N Street Village I was lost. I made drugs my best friend. N Street Village gave me time to heal. They let me cry. Every day has gotten easier and easier.”

Today, Marshalle is a changed woman. She started studying for her GED and just weeks ago she joined her classmates at the D.C. Armory for the official graduation ceremony. With friends and loved ones in the audience, Marshalle walked across the stage to accept her GED. Marshalle has dreams of becoming a nurse and she has already completed her first semester at the University of D.C. and is enrolled to take classes this summer.

Thanks to your support, Marshalle has gone from a high school dropout living in jail to a college student, celebrating two years of sobriety.