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What did you do this year?

Schroeder 2 - CopyAs I look back on the past year at N Street Village, you come to mind.

In the midst of your busy days in 2014, you found a way to make a difference here.

Because of you:

  • 171 women had a safe place to call home in our transitional or permanent supportive housing programs
  • 51 low-income families had affordable housing
  • 31,457 nutritious meals were served
  • More than 1,000 women had access to life-saving programs through our Day Center and Wellness Center

Thank you. Your investment ensured that N Street Village was here to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services and programs to those who need us most.

As I now look forward to 2015, I know that there are many challenges still ahead. Affordable housing in DC continues to be in critical shortage, and the wait for a needed rental subsidy can last many years. The average cost for a one bedroom apartment is now more than $1,400 – far beyond the reach of someone who is working a minimum wage job. These truths leave so many women at risk of poverty, homelessness and the myriad of health, mental health and other consequences that ensue.

This holiday season and every day of the year, N Street Village is committed to providing shelter, housing, food, health care, income supports, crisis assistance, and day shelter for our city’s most vulnerable women. And we are privileged to watch many wonderful stories unfold as these individuals use the resources of our Village to transform their lives and reach their personal goals.

I imagine that you think much as I do: when any of us are in need of support, we want to be greeted with dignity and kindness, and we want to know that the help we receive will be effective. That happens daily as together, we work to keep the doors of this Village open, to create our community of respect, and to empower women to make measurable progress in their lives.   This past week alone we welcomed 21 new women to N Street Village – we are extending this same promise and possibility to each of them.

Today, let us celebrate what we have accomplished together this year. And may we find inspiration and strength for the journey ahead in the coming New Year.

Yours in gratitude,
Schroeder Stribling

 

 

Whole Foods Market P Street 5% Day to Benefit N Street Village

Whole Foods 5% DayGrab your shopping bags and join us at Whole Foods Market P Street on Wednesday, July 16, when 5% of the sales will support N Street Village’s programs and services.

Your shopping will support the healthy meal service N Street Village provides to nearly 1,400 low-income and homeless women each year. The meals served are designed specifically for women living with diabetes and other factors that may increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Ann, a resident of N Street Village, shared why access to healthy, affordable meals is important to her:

“Having access to healthy food on a limited budget is important to me because I will be able to live a longer life without obesity, which gives me the emotional and physical strength I need to be an active participant in my own life.”

N Street Village is proud of its ongoing partnership with Whole Foods Market P Street, from its weekly donations of fresh food to its staff who volunteer regularly in our community.

We are honored to be selected as the 5% Day recipient and hope you will join us in saying thank you to Whole Foods Market P Street for being such an active member of the community.

Don’t forget to shop with us on Wednesday, July 16!

Photo of the Week

Huge thanks to Discovery for sending nearly 50 volunteers to help our community with...a little bit of everything! Weeding, cleaning, organizing, cooking--you name it--they are doing it. So grateful to spend this beautiful Friday with them and so very appreciative of their enthusiasm and support.

Huge thanks to Discovery Channel for sending nearly 50 volunteers to help our community with…a little bit of everything! Weeding, cleaning, organizing, cooking–you name it–they did it. So grateful to spend this beautiful Friday with them and so very appreciative of their enthusiasm and support.

40th Anniversary Gala Steinbruck Honorees

On April 9, nearly 600 friends and supporters of N Street Village came together at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., for N Street Village’s 40th Anniversary Gala. This annual event celebrates those in our community who help homeless and low-income women make positive changes in their lives and also honors the achievements of our clients. This year’s gala was a huge success, raising more than $760,000!

At this year’s gala, we recognized three remarkable N Street Village clients who are an inspiration to all of us: Evelyn Brensen, Marshalle Gaither, and Ann Hill. The women received the N Street Village Steinbruck Award, which is presented annually to the clients whose leadership, persistence and determination reflect that of Erna and John Steinbruck, the co-founders of N Street Village.

In this video, which was shown at the gala, Evelyn, Marshalle, and Ann share what brought them to N Street Village and how their experience in our programs changed their lives for the better.

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Open Your Heart

By Ilana Cookler | N Street Village Development Assistant

yoga heartThis past Monday, N Street Village clients and staff enjoyed a special treat when Lululemon staff Claudia Porcello and Nicole Cox hosted an “Open Your Heart” themed yoga class.  The class focused on poses surrounding the heart, breath and relaxation. It was truly the perfect way to kick off Valentine’s Day Week!

After the event, N Street Village Residential Team Advocate Kyle Lefler shared, “Lululemon provided an easily accessible class today, which was such a nice space for so many of the women to focus on breath and exercise.  I love seeing the ladies push themselves to try something that they may have never done before, even if it looks or feels a little crazy at first.  It’s awesome that N Street Village and Lululemon could collaborate to create a safe space to try new things, and of course, I love being able to practice yoga as part of my work day.”

Clients left the class feeling, refreshed, renewed, and ready to start their week. N Street Village client, Robin, participated in the class  and said, It was an exhilarating class and not too overwhelming. Since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, I find it difficult to participate in yoga but the instructors from Lululemon made today enjoyable.”

After the yoga event, clients enjoyed light refreshments and received a gift bag with a Lululemon headband and change purse. We thank the Lululemon team for sharing their time and expertise with our community this Valentine’s Day week.

Be Positive You’re Negative: World AIDS Day and Every Day

SARAH THAPPABy Sarah Thappa – Sarah is a member of AIDS United’s AmeriCorps National team with the Washington AIDS Partnership and serves as the HIV Health Promotion Specialist at N Street Village. She does HIV education, counseling, outreach, and testing in addition to health promotion classes on various topics. Sarah hails from Northern Illinois and graduated from Carleton College ‘13 with a B.A. in Biology.

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Let’s kick off this post with a pre-reading quiz… 

Which city has the highest rate of HIV?
a.
Accra, Ghana
b. Dakar, Senegal
c. Washington, D.C.
d. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The answer is c. Washington, D.C. The highest concentration of HIV in the world is in Sub-Saharan Africa; however, if Washington, D.C. were a country in Africa, it would rank 24/54 for highest HIV prevalence rates. Ten states account for 2/3 of the HIV diagnoses in 2011, and the South accounted for 48% of those diagnoses.

What percentage of a population infected qualifies as an epidemic?
a.
0.5%
b. 1.0%
c. 2.0%
d. 5.0%

The answer is b. 1.0% of a population infected with a disease defines as an epidemic. The District of Columbia has a reported 2.7% HIV infection rate, according to the Department of Health.

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ProcessThis past Sunday, December 1st, 2013 was the 25th celebration of World AIDS Day. N Street Village has marked the day by discussing HIV and AIDS with its staff and clients and by looking at how the disease directly affects our community.  We honored the many friends and family we have lost to the disease over the past decades and celebrated the lives of those living with HIV in our community.

There are currently an estimated 34 million people living with HIV throughout the world and an estimated 1.1 million living with HIV in the United States. Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS from the very beginning of the epidemic. In Washington, D.C., the population with the greatest prevalence rate is African-American heterosexual women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American women accounted for 64% of new infections among women in 2010.

Homeless women are particularly at risk of contracting HIV disease. They are frequently victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, which have been linked to increased likelihood of infection.  Homeless women who struggle with addiction may exchange sex for drugs or money, which increases their risk of exposure.

At N Street Village, 11% of the women served report being HIV positive.  The disease continues to push the limits of health care resources available to low-income women in the District. N Street Village is committed to connecting its clients to appropriate medical care by offering primary medical and psychiatric care on-site through Unity Health Care and through partnerships with nearby providers. Additionally, N Street Village combines stable housing with on-site support services, including a day center providing for basic needs, a wellness center with holistic programming, and mental health and addiction services, all of which empower its clients to make healthy life choices.

Today, more people are living with HIV than ever before. HIV is preventable. HIV does not discriminate. I challenge you to join me in looking at how this virus manifests in your life. Who do you know who is living with HIV? Do you know or love someone who has died of an AIDS related illness? What do you do to reduce the stigma and discrimination for those living with HIV?

And most importantly, be positive you’re negative—get tested

Sources for this post include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kaiser Family Foundation
Department of Health and Human Services

Community Reflection – Words of Gratitude

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it seems like a perfect time to reflect on what individuals in our community are grateful for.  Here are some of the responses we received.  Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #NSVthanks.

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“This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for change.  Since I have been at N Street Village, a lot of changes have been made in my life.  I was reintroduced to recovery and on November 16th I celebrated being one year clean.  With change came a new positive attitude and outlook on life.  Setting goals – short, medium, and long-term – for myself; knowing that I don’t have to be perfect but that I must be accountable for my actions. I have learned that with change comes patience, love, and tolerance.  I am no longer embarrassed about being in a shelter.  This is a temporary phase in my life, a vacation for my mind, body, and spirit to recover so that I may be able to handle life’s pressures out in the world.  I am thankful for the staff at N Street Village.  I am still smiling and cannot believe all that I have done.”
                                                                                    LaJuana Clark, N Street Village resident

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“I am grateful for people who ask you how you are and really mean it.”
                                              Kristyn Carrillo, Associate Director for Residential Programs

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“I am grateful for all the love here at N Street Village.  I am also grateful for the surgeries that I have had.  I am grateful for moving into my own place. Thank you to everyone who has made these opportunities possible.”
                                                                                                             N Street Village client

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“Even when my heart is weak and weary, there is always someone around to let me know it’s going to be alright. And for that I am truly grateful.”
                                                                 Evelyn Green,  Bethany Women’s Center Manager

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“I am grateful for the wonderful mix of foundations that support us. We have a combination of new and well-seasoned relationships, public and private, large and small organizations that choose to invest in our programs and services. I’m especially thankful for the groups that supported us through our recent year of expansion.”
                                                  Tim Fretz, Manager of Foundation and Government Giving

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“I am grateful to wake up every morning knowing that I have another chance to change, correct, enhance, re-direct, pass on, receive, accept, move on, let go, give, be blessed, and live as happy as possible.”
                                                                                                            N Street Village client

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“Experiencing hope and optimism every day in the N Street Village community makes me feel grateful. ”
                                                                                          Ann McCreedy, Director of Programs