June Volunteer Spotlight

This month get know N Street Village volunteer, Pam Curington. Pam has been an active volunteer with the community since October 2016. Pam serves lunch every Monday and serves as a volunteer program assistant in our day center on Wednesdays. Pam’s spirit and enthusiasm is infectious so much so that we can’t imagine Wednesdays without her. Let’s get to know Pam…

I am a native Washingtonian and the third of eight children. I have one son and two grandchildren. I attended school in Washington, DC and graduated from Chamberlain Vocational High School in 1974. I studied at the University of District of Columbia and in 2002 I earned a certification from the Virginia Massage Training. I served as a Federal Government employee for 36 years and retired in January 2014. I also founded Warm Hands and Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit in 2009. Each year during the Christmas season I collect donations and sponsor a hats, socks, and gloves drive for the homeless. I had a desire to donate clothes to a shelter and heard about N Street Village. I was very impressed with N Street Village and decided to volunteer my services. On my first day, I felt like was part of the N Street Village family.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Carolina Kitchen.

On a Sunday morning, you will find me…at Victorious Life of Faith Church.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? Jeff Majors.

What is last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Black Panther.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Helpful, caring, and faithful.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? I enjoy coming to N Street Village because I get to meet different types of people. I have learned not to sweat the small stuff. N Street Village staff has taught me patience, and how to accept people for who they are. When I first came to N Street Village, I felt at home. I truly believe that God placed me here for a reason. I also have a homeless ministry and I see some of the same people when I go out to feed in the parks on the weekends. I now feel closer to the clients because I know their names and understand a little more about their journey. I have visited several shelters in DC and N Street Village is the best one ever.  The staff really cares about the clients and the clients really care about the staff.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? One favorite memory is when I was playing UNO with the clients and one of the clients always speaks with a soft voice. Well, once the game became challenging, the soft spoken client’s voice became loud.  I laughed to myself and said, oh she can speak louder!