A Pre-Walk Breakfast Invitation

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There is still time to join our team.  Register online before Friday, November 18th.  We are so close to our goal of 3,000 walkers.  We will get there – but not without your support!

Will you be walking with us this Saturday?  Day of Logistics:

  • 7 AM-8:15 AM: Join us for breakfast at the Old Post Office Pavilion
    (1100 Pennsylvania Ave. | Closest Metro Stop: Federal Triangle)
  • 8:15 AM: Head to Walk Starting Line/Registration Area (Between 9th and 12th Streets on the National Mall | Closest Metro Stop: Smithsonian)
  • Look for someone carrying the N Street Village Banner. The best way to walk with N Street Village is to meet us at the Old Post Office before 8 AM!
  • 8:30 AM: Pre-Walk Entertainment on the National Mall
  • 9:00 AM: Walk Begins (Approximately 3.1 miles)

 All pre-registered walkers must bring their signed event waiver to the event with them. You only count as an in-person walker if your form is submitted!

Expansion of HIV/AIDS Services at N Street Village

I am pleased to announce that N Street Village has incorporated Miriam’s House, a residential community for homeless women living with HIV and AIDS in Northwest D.C., into our portfolio of programs. Our merger unites two organizations with a shared mission – to ensure that homeless and low-income women in our city have access to a safe, supportive community and the tools they need to achieve personal stability and well-being.

We have been working diligently with our Board and Miriam’s House’s Board and staff for months to ensure that this process both aligned with our shared values of hospitality, compassion, and community and resulted in a seamless transition for the people who matter most: the vulnerable women we serve.

With this merger, Miriam’s House becomes a wholly owned program of N Street Village. The combined organization will continue to be called N Street Village, and N Street Village’s executive leadership remains unchanged. Miriam’s House will continue to be the name of the residential program, and many of Miriam’s House’s staff members are being absorbed by N Street Village.

What does this mean for N Street Village?

  • Expanded housing opportunities for vulnerable women: We will now be able to provide housing with supportive services to 20 more vulnerable women at one time through this second site. No current Miriam’s House residents will be displaced by the merger, and it will remain a program targeted to serve women who are homeless and are HIV+.
  • Increased focus on HIV/AIDS services: We will expand our prevention and wellness programs for homeless and low-income women living with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS – impacting not only the 10% of our clients who report an HIV+ status but also the rest of our clients who are at risk.
  • Improved organizational sustainability: By coming together, we have diversified our revenue sources, increased our assets, and leveraged our management costs – ensuring that we will continue to be a strong organization for years to come.
  • Greater mission impact: By streamlining our operations, we are ensuring that our supporters’ investment in us will be put to best use – to improve and expand the housing, employment and health services that we provide to our clients.

For more information, please view our press release announcing the merger and I invite you to watch our announcement video.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.  As our Village grows, your continued strong support is vital to us and to the women we serve.

Sincerely,

Schroeder Stribling
Executive Director

Volunteer Spotlight: Rabbi Charles Feinberg

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Rabbi Charles Feinberg.  Rabbi Feinberg began serving at N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter in the spring of 2008.  He serves as an Overnight Supervision Volunteer regularly and has logged over 240 hours of service for N Street Village.

I work as a rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park.  I studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC.   I am married to Krayna (42 years in November) and have three grown children: Sarah, Hannah, and Avi.  I became involved at N Street Village through the congregation’s long association with the organization. I am co-chair of a national group called Rabbis for Human Rights-North America; I am also involved with Anne Frank House, the Community Council for the Homeless, and Yachad, a Jewish group that rehabs housing for low-income folks.

  • Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, IL.   I have lived in DC for a little over 5 years.  I have served congregations in Madison, WI, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Vancouver, BC.
  • Favorite thing about living in D.C.? Most museums are free! Rock Creek Park! The Potomac. The theater.
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me …Watching a movie at home or at a theater.
  • When I have free time I most enjoy…bicycling or swimming.
  • Book you last read? Sacred Trash, a book about the Cairo Geniza.
  • Most played song on your iPod/car stereo/CD player? Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain.
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  Just helping out.

Celebrating Food Day

By Anne Steeves – Anne is a second year member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps (2010-2012) and is N Street Village’s Volunteer and In-Kind Coordinator.  Anne hails from Minnesota – land of 10,000 lakes – and earned her BA from St. Olaf College where she studied Sociology, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. In her free time Anne enjoys to cook and one of her favorite dishes is quinoa stuffed acorn squash.

N Street Village celebrated Food Day, a national movement in its debut year, on Monday, October 24. Food Day has two goals: to inspire Americans to change their eating habits for the better and to improve food policies. A lack of knowledge about healthy foods and lack of access to healthy foods are issues that face our clients.

To learn more about healthy eating, N Street Village clients and staff came together to watch Super Size Me and enjoy healthy snacks provided by staff. Some of the snacks included grapes, pita and hummus, and lower-fat spinach dip with vegetables. Sounds tasty, right?

Another exciting thing related to healthy eating is happening this fall at the Village. Leah Muskin-Pierret, a high school senior, applied for an AnnPower Vital Voices grant to support N Street Village and won!  Her project focuses on healthy eating at the Village and will support purchasing and gleaning produce, the creation of a healthy cookbook with recipes from staff and clients, and the construction of a tool shed to keep garden tools nearby and handy for the Village’s garden group. Leah has rallied her friends to lend extra hands and skills to her project. We are grateful for her support!

In my time at the Village I have come to understand the importance of taking care of one’s self in mind, body, and soul. I am excited to see how our healthy eating projects take shape!  I look forward to learning from each other and growing our healthy habits together.

If you want to get involved in our movement to live healthier at the Village, email me at asteeves@nstreetvillage.org.

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Photo of the Week

N Street Village Bethany Program Assistant, Molly Chamberlain, brings lunch from the kitchen to the day center. Bethany Women's Center served close to 50,000 meals last year.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Hello!  We are N Street Village and we are excited to join the blogosphere!

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.

Through our blog we are looking forward to sharing the behind the scene stories that make our community so unique.  Staff and volunteer profiles, previews of client artwork and  accomplishments, an insider look at what happens daily at N Street Village through photos and video, and posts directly from N Street Village supporters.

We encourage you to leave comments and look forward to hearing from you.  Please be mindful of our comment policy when constructing your posts.  If you would like to contact N Street Village regarding blog content or to make suggestions please contact Kate Akalonu at kakalonu@nstreetvillage.org.

Now…let’s get blogging!