Volunteer Spotlight: Chris

This month get to know N Street Village volunteer Chris Scott. Chris has been an active volunteer since January 2017. Each Spring, we host a Family & Friends Community Garden Day, and Chris has played instrumental role in supporting and planning the event. From choosing the veggies, to helping the volunteer team transport all the items, and  to ensuring when volunteers arrive to garden we are ready to go! His passion and knowledge of gardening make the Village vibrant throughout the growing season. Let’s get to know Chris… 


Originally from rural Illinois, I have been a DC resident for over a decade. During that time I’ve been heavily involved with urban farming in the District — both for work and for fun—and I currently teach gardening and cooking at an elementary school in Ward 7. I first got involved serving meals at N Street Village several years ago before taking a lead role planning and managing N Street Village’s courtyard vegetable, herb, and flower garden. I also volunteer regularly with DC’s Casey Trees and Rock Creek Conservancy. Now two years sober, I have been enormously inspired by the women of N Street Village, many of whom have overcome battles with addiction and substance abuse themselves. My wife and I are expecting first child in March and couldn’t be happier!

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area?

I grew up in Central Illinois and moved to DC in 2006.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant?

Ben’s Chili Bowl.

On a Sunday morning you will find me…

Gardening, going on a stroll through Rock Creek Park, or baking a pie!

Who is one of your favorite musicians?

Miles Davis, particularly his 1969 album In a Silent Way.

What is last movie you watched (and enjoyed)?

I just saw Alfonso Cuarón’s excellent new film Roma at E Street Cinema and loved it! A truly beautiful and moving film.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less.

Loving, vibrant, compassionate.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?

Getting the opportunity to serve such an inspiring and amazing community — to learn, connect, and grow as a human being, and to be a better neighbor and resident of this great city.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories?

Friends and Family Day 2018 was such an amazing experience. To see so many people of all ages come out and totally transform the courtyard and tree boxes into a beautiful and nurturing space for N Street Village’s residents was really inspiring and motivating.


Come out to meet Chris and the the rest of our awesome N Street Village volunteers on April 27th for this year’s Family & Friends Community Garden Day!!!

N Street Village Hosts 11th Annual Empowerment Luncheon

N Street Village, the largest provider of supportive services for homeless women in Washington D.C, hosted the 11th Annual Empowerment Luncheon on June 15th at the Ritz-Carlton DC. The organization welcomed nearly 400 guests, including city leaders, long-term supporters, and new friends to celebrate the positive changes we can make in the lives of D.C.’s most vulnerable women and witness the “Voices of the Village” featuring N Street Village alumnae.

Notable guests included D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Kimberly Basset of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office, and presenting sponsors and Board Members Cindy and Mark Aron, Keith Harley of Keith Harley Hair and Scalp Design, and Thomas Dawson of TD&P Consulting. Other sponsors included Hillary Baltimore, Decker and Sherry Anstrom, N Street Village Board of Directors Chairman Peter Shields, Managing Partner of Wiley Rein LLP, and Vice-Chair, Ruth Sorenson.

Kimberly Bassett, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, delivered opening remarks: “Like you, I am a proud supporter of N Street Village, a critical anchor in our city and a national model for wrap-around services and housing for women experiencing homelessness.” Mayor Bowser, DC Councilmember Evans, and others leaders from the Administration visited the Village two weeks ago to celebrate the completion of the $9MM N Street Village Keeping Our Promise Capital Campaign which raised critical funds to update the facilities and expand the Village’s life-saving programs.

N Street Village Executive Director, Schroeder Stribling, announced that with the help of the campaign, “We are now combined to have 5 village locations in 4 wards of DC, where we offer a continuum of housing from emergency shelter to permanent, supportive, and affordable housing.”

Last year, the N Street Village Empowerment Luncheon welcomed keynote speaker Oprah Winfrey, which Stribling alluded to in her remarks:  “We have been fortunate to have some celebrated visitors in the past few years, including Dali Lama, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Recording Artist Andra Day, Actor and Activist Richard Gere, and Oprah Winfrey. We are all here today, because along with those celebrated visitors, we share the belief that the women of our community matter.”

Village alumna, who earlier had shared their personal stories of triumph over adversity and lives reclaimed in a brief video, were then welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation. Stribling also welcomed Evelyn Green, “the North Star of the Village,” an alumna turned long-time employee that has “helped thousands and likely saved hundreds of lives.”  This Village Empowerment Line – of alumna and staff- then sang the crowd into lunch with a moving performance echoing “I ain’t going to let homelessness get me down…We know N Street Village helps us turn it around.”

After lunch, guests heard from Sherron Lee, a former client, then employee of N Street Village.  As a drastic before and after picture flashed upon the big screen, Lee shared her powerful journey from a 23-year career with the Washington D.C. Police Department to a young woman who was addicted to drugs and a survivor of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Today, she announced: “It has been 13 years of my sobriety. My biggest hope is to continue my recovery and rebuild my relationship with my children and others that I harmed.” She thanked N Street Village for playing such a monumental role in her success, sharing, “I can’t say enough about N Street Village. It’s not just a job for them. The Village staff has set a great example of how I want to live.” Each year, Lee returns to the 5th floor recovery unity where she used to work to give back. “That is how I pay it forward, I share what I received at N Street Village with the next woman who will enter looking for recovery.”

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Bis Now: N Street Village Gala

Tuesday night, we braved the snowy conditions and made it downtown to the Marriott Marquis for the annual N Street Village Gala! Before the main program, guests enjoyed a reception featuring an open bar, silent auction items and delicious appetizers. Here, supporter Sharon Cady joins gala steering committee member Allison Putala, her husband, Putala Strategies’ Chris Putala, and Arent Fox’s and former Sen. Byron Dorgan. https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/washington-dc-scene/n-street-gala-72228

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].

DC Modern Luxury: N Street Village Gala

THE PARTY A little snow didn’t hold back gala attendees from dressing up and showing their support for N Street Village at their annual gala held at the Marriott Marquis. The award-winning social services agency provides housing and support to homeless and low-income women in the DC metro area and provides support services for over 2,000 women yearly. Attendees showed their support through the silent auction with an array of items including tickets to the Masters, private catering with RSVP Caterers and box seats at a Nats Game. The evening continued with a delicious sit down dinner and inspiring words from N Street Village clients, event chairs and staff…


Capitol File Magazine: 2017 N Street Village Gala

On March 14, 2017, N Street Village, the largest provider of housing and services for women in D.C. experiencing homelessness, welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis. The gala broke records by raising more than $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Two-time Grammy nominee, Andra Day, served as special musical guest singing “Rise Up” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise.


Two-time Grammy-nominated Artist Andra Day Announced as Gala Special Musical Guest

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 N Street Village, the award-winning social services agency that provides housing and support to homeless and low-income women in the Washington, DC metro area, is hosting its Annual Gala with special musical guest, two-time Grammy-nominated artist, Andra Day.  Known for her stirring anthem “Rise Up,” which was nominated for last year’s Grammy Awards, Day will be performing at this Sunday’s 2017 Grammy Awards.

The Annual Gala honors the clients, volunteers, and supporters of N Street Village while raising awareness about women’s homelessness, poverty, and health.  N Street Village invites old and new supporters to celebrate the positive changes that can be made in the lives of the city’s most vulnerable women.

“We are honored to have Andra Day perform at the Annual Gala.  Her song, “Rise Up,” provides inspiration to all of us with its message of coming together to help others, and it embodies the work we do on a daily basis.” said Stuart Elizabeth Allen, N Street Village Chief Development Officer.

In addition to honoring three women who have made remarkable transformation at N Street Village, the Gala will honor Ruth Sorenson, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, and Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, Inc., for their personal and professional commitment to the women of the Village.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

6:00pm EST: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction

7:00pm EST: Program and Dinner



Ritz Carlton Hotel

1150 22nd Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20037


About N Street Village:
N Street 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. N Street Village is recognized as an innovative and exemplary leader on issues related to the prevention and elimination of homelessness among women. The N Street Village community emphasizes and promotes a client’s strength, dignity, ability and personal responsibility. We support, motivate and empower our clients through active and compassionate engagement.  Clients are offered caring relationships as well as concrete resources and services through their interactions with dedicated and responsive staff and through the careful cultivation of an inclusive and hospitable community.

Save the Date: Annual N Street Village Gala

Gala STD


Every day, women who are homeless in Washington, D.C. — often struggling with a mix of mental illness, addiction, violence and abuse, health problems, and unemployment —  find themselves at the doors of N Street Village. And, every day for more than 40 years, the doors of N Street Village have been open, providing much-needed hope and hospitality to our city’s most vulnerable women.  This year we will present our Founder’s Award to Senator Barbara Boxer for her personal and professional efforts on behalf of individuals who live on the margins of society.

On Tuesday, March 24, the annual N Street Village Gala will provide us an opportunity to celebrate our remarkable history and to gather strength to keep our promise — our promise that we will be here for the women who arrive at our door tomorrow.


For questions about sponsorship please contact Stuart Allen (202-939-2085).