Did You See Us in The Washington Post?

You did it! We are excited to share this record-setting three year partnership total thanks to Washington Post readers, staff, and Village friends. Thank you to all who have followed along on this journey and shared in the stories of hope and healing!

Columnist John Kelly wrote nearly 30 stories featuring clients and alumna like Cheryl (pictured), who showcased the Village’s programs, impact, and history.

2017 Washington Post Helping Hand articles:

2018 Washington Post Helping Hand articles:

2019 Washington Post Helping Hand articles:

Thank You, Village!

Staff Spotlight: Meet Sangita!

Sangita Joshi is a cornerstone of our Village family – in the 11 years she has been here, she has served the Village clients with heart and passion.

How long have you been at N Street Village? I have been a part of the N Street Village family for a little over 11 years! I am currently the Director of Case Management, which includes managing the Holistic Housing Program.

What is the Holistic Housing Program? When naming this program, we intentionally chose to call it holistic because that is what it truly is – recognizing the whole of a woman’s experiences and helping her to uncover and realize what she needs to be her best self. The program is located on the fifth floor of the Flagship building and can support up to 21 women as they make strides in their recovery – whether that is mental health, physical health, trauma, substance use disorder and/or financial insecurity. Last month, we were proud to have five women graduate and move on to the next step in their journey.

Can you describe N Street Village in three words? Hope. Courage. Patience. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? I am an ice cream connoisseur! If I wasn’t working at N Street Village, my dream job would be working as an official taste tester for Ben and Jerry’s. As far as my current favorite, it depends…but we can start with Phish Food. My dad always says that no matter how full you are, there is always room for ice cream!

Your 2019 Annual Report | What You Made Possible

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Village Board, staff and clients, I am pleased to present your 2019 Annual Report.

You have continued to be there for the thousands of women who rely on N Street Village. Your support is not merely “giving to charity” but “doing justice.”

We are grateful for your commitment as we strive for a future that is just and inclusive for every D.C. resident. Thank you for standing with us at N Street Village’s front door as we greet the women who will arrive tomorrow.

Gratefully,
Schroeder Stribling
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village

P.S. As the temperatures begin to drop, please remember to save and share the D.C. Hypothermia Hotline: 202.399.7093. Your call could save a life!

Volunteer Spotlight: DeJuan Price

This month, get to know N Street Village Volunteer DeJuan Price. DeJuan exemplifies what it means to be a Village SHERO. She serves meals, supports with our fundraisers, and even donated her birthday! She always greets each woman who walks through our doors with a smile. We are truly blessed to have DeJuan as part of our community. Let’s get to know DeJuan…

I’m an accomplished business professional, marketing expert, and creative entrepreneur. I’m a native Washingtonian and an alumna of George Mason University, Georgetown University, and Virginia Tech as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Junior League of Washington (JLW). I’m also on the Board of The Story of Our Schools and a volunteer with A Wider Circle.

I got involved with N Street Village through volunteer service with The Junior League of Washington. For two years, I worked with a committee to serve dinner to residents. I have continued service at the Village serving breakfast, conducting toiletry drives, and fundraisers. My hobbies and interests include self-development, astrology, spinning, running, crystals, concerts, French Bulldogs, music (from Hip-Hop to 80s NYC House), bath bombs, and spirituality.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I’m a Native Washingtonian, D.C. and have lived here off and on for my entire life.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Cubano’s in Silver Spring, Maryland.

On a Saturday evening, you will find me… Dancing to my favorite local DJs sets at various locales.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less: Love, Growth, Community.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? Volunteering at the Village represents what a mission of service looks like in action — real impact, centered in love, and making a difference in this world. I’ve learned so much about my own life’s journey through this, and it has truly been a gift.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? A focus on whole-person recovery and wellness in mind, body, and spirit — along with a team of leadership, staff, and volunteers who are truly committed and connected through a shared love of humanity.

SHERO Social Media Kit

Top Washington Restaurants to Participate in “Celebrate Logan” Along Northwest 14th Street Corridor

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.

Staff Feature: The Dynamic Duo at the MARJ & MAK Vocational Center

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 mmckinley@nstreetvillage.org.

A Summer Village Thank You!

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
• Bloomberg
• Bray of Sunshine Designs
• Carol Mac Cookies
• Chef Amy Brandwein
• Brookings Institution
• Peter Brusoe
• CABI
• Sister Simone Campbell
• CapCo
• Casa Confetti Design Studio
• Compass Rose
• Consumer Action Network
• DACHA
• Deloitte
• The Dinner Dames
• Eastern Mennonite University
• Election Cycle
• Eva Lightfoot Photography
• Flores La Conchita
• Flow Yoga
• Google
• 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
• Nestle
• Next Phase Studio
• The Omidyar Group
• Maggie O’Neill
• Optoro
• Orr Strategic
Communications
• The Outrage
• Park Hotels & Resorts
• Plants & Blooms Reimagined
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Potomac Chapter of the Links
• PUNCH!
• Robert Half
• Shah & Shah
• She Loves Me
• SHELTER
• Linda Potter and Tim Shriver
• Takorean
• Urban Stems
• VIDA Fitness
• Washington Kastles
• Wesley Theological Seminary
• The Wing D.C.
• Wiley Rein

A Summer Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

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.

Schroeder Stribling
N Street Village Chief Executive Officer