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Remembering Pastor John

Pastor John in front of N Street Village's flagship building while it was being constructed (1996).

Pastor John in front of N Street Village’s flagship building while it was being constructed (1996).

Dear Village Friends,

As many of you know, Pastor John was the senior pastor of Luther Place Memorial Church from 1970-1997. Through his dedicated leadership and his unwavering commitment to the biblical concepts of hospitality and “welcome for the stranger,” and with the tireless support of his beloved wife Erna and the interfaith community that coalesced around him — N Street Village was born.

I got to know Pastor John and Erna well over my years at N Street Village. I know what a force of nature he was — and will continue to be. His passion for justice and his commitment to the poor and disadvantaged knew no boundaries and continued until his very last days. I had regular conversations with him over the past few months and he was true to form — funny, provocative, radical, spiritual, and loving. On the occasions when I heard him honored for his role in founding N Street Village, he would reply “I’m just an implementer — this was God’s plan.”

We invite you to join us Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. as we celebrate Pastor John’s life. The service will be at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave. NW) and there will be a reception following in N Street Village’s multipurpose room. All are welcome.

A life well done indeed. From now forward, may we be true to his spirit in the work we do with our hearts and our hands.


Schroeder Stribling
N Street Village Executive Director

Read more about the amazing life of Pastor John on his Wikipedia page.

Volunteer Spotlight: Madeline Nygaard

Madeline This month get to know N Street Village volunteer Madeline Nygaard. Madeline has been volunteering in the community since August 2014. As part of her class requirements at George Washington University, Madeline needed to complete 12 service hours per week at a non-profit, and thankfully she chose N Street Village. During her internship, she became an important part of volunteer and in-kind office and a wonderful addition to the community. We wouldn’t have been able to survive the holidays without her! Let’s get to know Madeline…

I am a senior at George Washington University, majoring in Public Health and minoring in Human Services. Next year, I plan to attend graduate school to earn my master’s degree in public health. I started volunteering at N Street Village for a service-learning class at George Washington University. At N Street Village, I helped sort and organize donations, entered data in the donor database system, and prepared and served breakfast and lunch. Additionally, I facilitated a weekly Mystery Solvers class where I would ask clients various brainteasers and they were encouraged to work together to find solutions to scenarios presented. In my spare time, I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and exploring D.C.! 

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area?  I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have been living in D.C. for 3 years.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Lupo Verde

On a Saturday evening you will find me…Trying a new restaurant or bar with friends.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)?  I’ve probably seen Love Actually 20 times…I still enjoy it though!

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? The Lincoln Memorial

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less.  Empowering, welcoming, strong.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  Getting to know the staff, volunteers, and clients. Everyone has been so welcoming and positive.

What makes N Street Village unique to you?  The variety of services and classes offered to the women.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? How people who have faced so many challenges can still have so much hope.

Still looking for the perfect gift?

Holiday Banners1Finding a meaningful holiday gift can be challenging, especially when shopping for the person who “has everything.” Consider making a gift to N Street Village in their honor. We will then send a personalized note to the recipient via your choice of email or printed card.

Your donation will provide critical resources like food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare to the more than 1,000 women who come through our doors each year looking for a chance at a better life – women like Cheryl.

“N Street Village showed me stability and with their support I learned how to be responsible.” ~ Cheryl

Because of Cheryl’s hard work and N Street Village’s programs, she has her own apartment and regularly volunteers to ensure the N Street Village community is here for each and every woman in need.

Honor the people in your life by helping to support women like Cheryl.

Make a Holiday gift today.

 

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

 

 

#GivingTuesday is Here!

Marla Michelle YE BannerRight on the heels of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” N Street Village is proud to partner with #GivingTuesday–an international day of giving back at the start of the annual holiday season.

Join this day of giving by making your year-end gift to N Street Village TODAY!

Your gift will offer new hope and new life for women who are without a home, without a job…for women coping with trauma or with mental illness…for women without a safety net.

Thank YOU for joining us this #GivingTuesday.  You are providing much needed hope and opportunity to the nearly 1,400 homeless women who come through our doors, not just during the holidays, but every day of the year.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tawana Moore

Tawana MooreThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Tawana Moore. Tawana has been volunteering in the community since December 2012 and has served over 200 hours as an overnight supervisor at the night shelter. Tawana is the Founder & CEO of It’s Time to Serve, Inc., an organization whose goal and purpose is to motivate volunteers to become lifelong servants in their communities. Let’s get know Tawana…

I was inspired to serve during a down time in my life and since then I have been encouraged to give to service what it gave to me: meaning. I found that in helping others that you help yourself. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, and have been volunteering since 1988 throughout the country. My first volunteer experience was with Hanna House where I served for seven years. I have volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, senior facilities, and elementary schools. But I was looking for something different to do in service, so I decided to contact N Street Village regarding their overnight volunteer program. Along with my Salvation, serving is a lifestyle for me. I enjoy reading and writing. My favorite pastimes include visiting museums and listening to music—classical to opera.

Where are you from originally from? I am from the suburbs of Prince George’s County.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? I don’t have a favorite restaurant because I am selective of foods, but I do like Clyde’s.

On a Sunday morning you will find me…On Sunday mornings you will find me at the Lion of Judah Church in Worship.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? A black & white movie with Betty Davis, The Old Maid.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? Not a favorite but I like William McDowell (“I Give Myself Away”).

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? The National Mall.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? Watching TV with the residents as we talk back to the TV together.

What do I enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? The fellowship with the residents.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? All the programs because they restore the whole woman.

Show Your SHE-RO Stripes – 10 More Days!

Cheryl SHE-RO 1

You did it SHE-ROES!  Together we met our $20,000 goal! AND, now we have been challenged to soar even higher….

An anonymous donor has offered $5,000 if we can raise $10,000 in the last 10 days of the campaign.  We know this will require a power-boost of superpowers from every SHE-RO!

If we meet this new challenge, we can fill the gap left by of the closing of the Fannie Mae Walkathon funding.

Just like Cheryl who came to N Street Village with an initial goal of finding a meal and a shower, she was challenged to do more. We asked her to look inside to find the greatest SHE-RO in herself, to think about where she wanted to be and how we could work together to help meet her new goals. Through Cheryl’s hard work and determination she met this challenge.

Today, Cheryl has her own apartment and is a leader in our community. Like, Cheryl, we are asking you to consider doing just a little more – for each woman who comes to N Street Village seeking the opportunity to be her own SHE-RO.

We’re in the homestretch SHE-ROES and we need your help!  Increase the impact of your gift today!

Fresh off the Press: FY14 Village Annual Report

FY2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) marks the 40th anniversary of N Street Village’s founding. Every day for the past 40 years, the doors of N Street Village have been open to thousands of women who seek help, hope, and a new beginning. In this year’s annual report, we highlight women who live at N Street Village and their accomplishments. We hope you enjoy!

Calling All Our Village SHE-ROES

SHERO WEBSITE HEADERFor more than 20 years, N Street Village received critical funding from the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk. Every year around this time, you received emails asking you to walk, recruit walkers, sponsor walkers, “virtually” walk, and spread the word to help N Street Village receive substantial funds from Fannie Mae. And every year, YOU responded with inspiring generosity and enthusiasm. Last year alone, you helped us raise more than $200,000 through this walk.

This year, Fannie Mae is no longer funding the Help the Homeless Walk, leaving N Street Village with a significant financial gap. We must, and we will, walk on.

N Street Village is declaring October the month of the SHE-RO and launching our own online virtual walk campaign during the entire month. We need YOU — our Village SHE-RO — to help reach our goal of $20,000 to ensure that every woman who arrives at our door is provided the resources she needs to walk on and find her inner SHE-RO.

Here are three ways to get involved today:
1. Make a donation today on N Street Village’s general page
2. Join the N Street Village SHE-RO team and create your own personal fundraising page. Get started using the Village “Quick Start Guide.”
3. Use your social media platforms to invite all of the SHE-ROES in YOUR life to join the cause.

Your support will provide much needed hope, healing, and opportunity to our city’s most vulnerable women. Thank you for being a part of our Village.

Schroeder Stribling
Executive Director
N Street Village

SHE-RO [sheer-oh] a man or woman who stands up specifically for women’s rights.

Luther Place Book Release to Benefit N Street Village

IMG_2086Breaking Bread: Stories of Luther Place and N Street Village, documents the efforts of an interfaith coalition that began more than 40 years ago, led by Luther Place Memorial Church, as it responded and continues to respond to the issue of homelessness in Washington, DC.

Through interviews and pictures, Breaking Bread tells the story of how Biblical hospitality expanded in the hearts and practices of the many people involved in the formation and ongoing work of N Street Village. These first-hand stories teach us about the power of a community of healing and wholeness, and we share them so that their power is not lost or forgotten.

We invite you to come and share in the special 40th anniversary book release event at 1 p.m. on October 26 at Luther Place Memorial Church. All are welcome. Please RSVP to attend. The book release event will be followed by a reception and book sale. The $20 cost of each book will go towards supporting the work of N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter.

We look forward to sharing this day with you!

Pastor Karen Brau  &  Schroeder Stribling
Luther Place                 N Street Village
Senior Pastor               Executive Director