A Letter from our CEO on #PurpleThursday

Today, the Village is wearing purple in support of #PurpleThursday and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The statistics are indeed staggering and the issue is one which deeply touches our Village community – residents, clients, staff, neighbors – women in general. But the connection to homelessness is especially profound.

National statistics tell us that 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. Here in DC, a study found that two-thirds of women report abuse, violence, or trauma as somehow related to their loss of safe and decent housing.

Half of the women arriving at our Village’s front door report domestic violence as a direct cause of their current crisis.

So today, we wear purple for everyone affected by domestic violence – no matter who or where you are as you read these words. We are here to say that we see you, we hear you, and we believe you. You are worthy of respect. And you are not alone.

Every woman deserves a safe and dignified place to call home. Never give up.

In solidarity with survivors and in gratitude for those who keep the doors of this Village open every day,

Schroeder Stribling
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village

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 Staff Spotlight

Due to recent growth of N Street Village programming, we felt that it was time to expand the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations team. And without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce the Village volunteer community to Donna-Marie Thompson, the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager and Kelli Powers, the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Coordinator. They will be assisting me, Heidi with all kinds of fun and exciting volunteer lead activities and services that go to benefit the women we serve. Let’s get know Donna-Marie and Kelli…

 

I am a New York native that has been in the Washington, DC area for over 10 years. I have a strong passion for giving back to the community and believes that you are a strong refection of the energy that you put into the universe. In 2015, I joined the village team as a Development intern and later as the Gala Coordinator. Since that time the Village has held a special place in my heart and every Christmas you can find me serving lunch at the flagship.

On the weekends I work with a nonprofit based in Woodbridge, VA serving displaced and underserved populations in the DMV area. In my free time I love to travel and I’m always on the search for my next adventure.

 

I was born and raised in North Carolina, I recently moved to the D.C. area as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I lived in Charlotte throughout high school and am the younger of two daughters in my family. Following high school, I attended school at an all-women’s college in Winston-Salem. After graduating in May from Salem College with a B.A. in Religion, I decided I wanted to serve with members of the D.C. community for a year before attending Divinity School. It is my hope to become a prison chaplain; however, I am beyond excited that I have the opportunity to become a part of the N Street Village community for the next year.During my time in D.C., I am living in an intentional, sustainable community with seven other wonderful volunteers! In my down time, I thoroughly enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix, cooking, and probably spending too much time on YouTube.

Many of you may also know Carlita, a Village Alum and fan favorite of the community. Carlita volunteers her time in the volunteer and in-kind donations office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Most of you may not know that Carlita carefully sorts and distributes most of the in-kind donations that are generously shared with the community—we would be lost without her!

 

We are so excited to have such a wonderful group of women supporting the community and we look forward to seeing each of you around the community soon!

 

2018 Coat Drive

N Street Village is taking the opportunity to help warm up the lives of DC women during winter. Preparations have already begun for our Annual Coat Drive. Last week, volunteers from Reed Smith helped out by sorting and counting coats that we have in stock.

 

This year we are collecting 208 coats to ensure that each woman who walks through our doors receives a warm coat this winter.

We are asking for your help with the donation of new and gently loved coats varying in size from small to 6X.

There are many ways to support the Coat Drive. While we greatly and appreciate all donations, getting something brand new is special to way to spread holiday cheer to someone in need. If you would like to order a coat, we have made easy for you. Please visit our N Street Village Coat Drive Wish List on Amazon. Or, if you have gently used coat to share please make note of the following:

  • Make sure it is clean and without flaws
  • No rips, holes, tears, snags
  • No stains or discoloration
  • Check the zipper and/or buttons to make sure they are functional
  • Make sure there are no broken/missing fasteners
  • Check pockets to ensure that there are not any accidental donations of personal items

We ask that all coats be delivered by Wednesday October 24, 2018 by 2:00pm. To schedule a drop-off appointment or get more information, please contact Donna-Marie Thompson at (202) 939-2058 or by email at dthompson@nstreetvillage.org.

Please join us to maintain our standard of care for all the members of our community!

Thank you all for your generosity and kindness.

Thankfully,

The N Street Village Family

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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Volunteer Drivers for Food Rescue US Reroute D.C.’s Excess Food to the Homeless

Volunteer Drivers for Food Rescue US Reroute D.C.’s Excess Food to the Homeless

“In the three or four runs that I’ve done so far, they say I’ve already rescued 650 meals.”

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Alysha Groghan and Jaime Rothbard. All photos Laura Hayes.Alysha Groghan and Jaime Rothbard. All photos Laura Hayes.“I don’t care if we have to put them in my kid’s car seat, we’re taking these meals,” Jaime Rothbard says as she navigates the Tetris-like task of loading plastic containers holding everything from chicken sandwiches and lasagna to snack packs of crackers and carrot sticks.

She furrows her brow as she packs 547 meals into the back of her Audi wagon with the determination of a boxer entering the ring. Only instead of another gloved-up opponent, Rothbard is fighting food waste.

Every Tuesday morning, the Takoma Park mom who hosts the “Food Warriors” podcast drives to Revolution Foods in Hyattsville, Maryland, to pick up excess food. The provider of school meals doesn’t always nail the moving target of how much the schools need per day because it employs a better-safe-than-sorry model.

“Because we serve pretty much millions of meals a day, there’s going to be excess,” says the company’s Alysha Groghan. “We want to make sure that if something gets lost in the mix that we have extra to replenish.” 

Having a surfeit of food is far from uncommon. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year, which amounts to $162 billion in wasted food annually. More tangibly, the average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food they never eat, and each American wastes approximately 290 pounds of food annually. 

Rothbard to the rescue. Literally.

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Rothbard’s adopted route involves picking up meals from Revolution Foods and delivering them to N Street Village—a nonprofit on 14th Street NW dedicated to helping homeless and low-income women. 

When she pulls up, N Street Village’s Adam Brunell wheels out two shopping carts to fill with the meals. But two carts aren’t enough for the bounty that makes its way down to kitchen manager Laurie Williams, who has been with the organization for 18 years. 

Williams explains that her kitchen provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack to the women of N Street Village, plus additional meals to those living in the affiliated shelter across the street. Williams feeds anywhere from 80 to 120 people per day, depending on the time of the month. “Most get checks at the beginning of the month,” she says. “Some of them get the money and they go.” 

Without N Street Village, Brunell says some of his clients, ranging from their twenties to the elderly, would be on the streets. Others would fail in their efforts to beat addiction because they’d still be living with people who are using. Then there are the women who could still be living with abusive partners. “Some people society won’t give a second chance, so we try to provide whatever that means,” he says. Another percentage of women at N Street Village are emerging from the criminal justice system. 

“The scope is so far-reaching at this place,” says Rothbard. 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/food/young-hungry/article/20864675/volunteer-drivers-for-food-rescue-us-reroute-dcs-excess-food-to-the-homeless

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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BisNow: Keeping our Promise

“Last night, we headed to N Street Village for the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony concluding the Keeping Our Promise capital campaign.”

 

 

N Street Village Announces Completion of Capital Campaign with Ribbon Cutting and Ground Breaking attended by DC Mayor or Councilmembers

N Street Village, the largest provider of housing and supportive services for women experiencing homelessness in Washington D.C, is proud to announce the completion of the $9 million Keeping Our Promise Capital Campaign to preserve affordable housing, as well as expand supportive housing and programs. The collaborative public-private effort was celebrated yesterday, Wednesday May 31, 2017, at the flagship site at 1333 N Street NW where there was a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting of the completion of Phase 1 construction, and the ground breaking for the final phase of construction at the site.

The N Street Village Board of Directors, chaired by Wiley Rein LLP Managing Partner Peter Shields, and Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by N Street Village Board Vice-Chair Ruth Sorenson and her husband, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, were joined by key stakeholders including:  Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Jack Evans, Polly Donaldson, Director of DHCD, Derrick Perkins, Sr. VP at Bank of America, Todd Lee from DCHFA, Jeff Stryker, Senior EVP & CFO at Burke & Herbert Bank, and N Street Village Honorary Board Member Linda Daschle and Senator Tom Daschle, who together serve as Honorary Co-chairs for the Capital Campaign.

Schroeder Stribling, N Street Village’s Executive Director, remarked, “For nearly 45 years, we have kept a promise to welcome every woman who arrives at our door with respect and dignity. Our promise is to offer housing all along the spectrum of need, from emergency shelter to affordable and permanent supportive housing and to enrich that housing with a full spectrum of basic and support services.” She continued, “I am thrilled that we are all gathered here today, a community of partners – a Village – to say: We are keeping our promise.”

Through the support of this Campaign, the “village” of partners helped to preserve affordable housing for 51 families and expand permanent supportive housing by 10%. At the completion of this project we will offer increased safety and hospitality, expanded programs including the opening of The Judith Morris Wellness Center, and updated and 30% larger Bethany Women’s Day Center, and the Comcast Learning and Technology Lab.

Aura Cacia Brings Positive Change

N Street Village is honored to be a recipient of funding from the Aura Cacia Positive Change Project. Aura Cacia, a purveyor of essential oils, skin care oils and related products made from simple and pure botanical ingredients, awarded N Street Village $60,000 to support the expansion of the peer-led Leadership Council and deliver outreach efforts through the N Street Village Day Center.

Both projects align with Aura Cacia’s vision of helping women facing difficult life situations make transformational improvements in their lives. The Day Center welcomes women and helps them consider what changes they can make in their lives to move out of homelessness and stabilize their housing. The Leadership Council enables women to reclaim their voices and practice assertiveness and critical thinking skills.

We are excited to build a meaningful partnership with Aura Cacia, and together reach great outcomes in both programs.