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.


The N Street Village Family

Announcing a New Partnership for International Women’s Day


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.


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.”

Jun 15, 2017 9 AM

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. 


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.

Hollywood on the Potomac/Georgetown Dish: N Street Village Gala

A spring snow storm didn’t stop this crowd! N Street Village welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, March 14th. It was a record-breaking Gala, raising well over $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Last year was the first $1M gala for N Street Village.

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.