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Lynda to Share Her Story at Annual Empowerment Luncheon

Lynda Email BannerLynda was once a straight-A student with dreams of becoming a third grade teacher. But her dreams unraveled. As a teenager, she ran away from home to escape an abusive stepfather. Soon after that, she started using drugs and was living on and off the streets. Lynda became lost in addiction while cycling in and out of jail.

In February 2013, Lynda moved into N Street Village’s Recovery Housing program, a residential community where women live together and work on stabilizing their mental health and overcoming addiction. Lynda came to N Street Village determined to stay sober and stay out of jail again. And with the support of the Village community, she has done just that and so much more!

This year’s Annual Empowerment Luncheon at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel will be Wednesday, June 18. We will be welcoming Valarie Jarrett who is the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker AND Lynda cannot wait take the podium to share her personal success story with YOU! Please join us as we celebrate the positive changes we can make together in the lives of our city’s most vulnerable women.

 Purchase your Annual Empowerment Luncheon tickets today!
*All attendees are entered to win a weekend staycation for two!*

“I cannot believe how much I have accomplished in this last year,” said Lynda. “It is an honor to be asked to share my story on stage with those who helped me get where I am today.”

Weekend Staycation Details: A one night weekend stay at The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel in a deluxe room; stay is based on availability, breakfast for two at EDGAR, which is located inside the hotel.

N Street Village Presents The Vagina Monologues

I say vagina, you might not want to keep reading. I say vagina, and you’re starting to get uncomfortable. I say vagina, you say, “good grief, can she give it up already!?” Dare I say it one more time…I say vagina, you say MONOLOGUES!   

VDAY2014logo_lg.enThat’s right; N Street Village is hosting its first production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on VDAY, Friday, February 14 at Luther Place Memorial Church. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, all are welcome, please reserve your seat today.

During my time at N Street Village, I’ve heard countless stories of struggles and challenges women in our community face. No, not everyone at N Street Village identifies as a victim or survivor of sexual violence. However, its presence does exist within our community, as well as in our city, our country, and our world.

Consider the statistic that 1 in 3 women will experience violence throughout her lifetime, which works out to over 1 billion women impacted by violence. The One Billion Women Rising for Justice Campaign and the VDAY movement began to invite women and those who love them to rise together and demand an end to violence.

Our community is excited to join in this movement with our own empowering performance of The Vagina Monologues, which focuses on embracing our bodies and ourselves—even the parts that are harder to talk about or that society doesn’t like to talk about. The show is more than a play. It’s a movement. It enables us to rise together in solidarity for love and justice.

I’ll leave you with the following to ponder, which of these statements will you hear at N Street Village Presents The Vagina Monologues show?

a. I did not think of my vagina in practical or biological terms.
b. I began to love my vagina.
c. Vaginas need comfort.
d. If your vagina got dressed up what would it wear?
e. She transformed my coochi snorcher and raised it into a kind of heaven.
f. To find out — reserve your free seat today!

SARAH THAPPABy Sarah Thappa – Sarah is proud to be the Director of N Street Village’s The Vagina Monologues production. She 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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Join us for the N Street Village Annual Gala on April 10th at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. The Gala is N Street Village’s largest annual fundraising event, providing an opportunity for us to recognize members of our community — clients, supporters, and leaders — who exemplify the spirit of N Street Village. Purchase your tickets today!