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!

Spiritual Hunger

Longtime N Street Village volunteer, Joan Maxwell, wrote a beautiful piece on her experience at N Street Village.  Her article, entitled “Spiritual Hunger,” was recently published by Living Contemplatively.

Join us in congratulating Joan on her wonderful achievement!

You’re Invited to CELEBRATE LOGAN

with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty & N Street Village

Join N Street Village for three hours of exclusive tasting with our incredible Logan Circle restaurant partners. There is no better way to taste and tour the neighborhood. And, most importantly, every dollar raised will directly support N Street Village and the nearly 1,400 homeless and extremely low-income women we serve

CELEBRATE LOGAN is the best way to experience all of the amazing and diverse Logan Circle restaurants. Last year, we hopped from one restaurant to the next, enjoying exclusive tastings along the way. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon–all while supporting N Street Village.” — Mirjam Krull, 2013 CELEBRATE LOGAN participant


Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!
For questions about sponsorship, please contact
Stuart Allen at 202.939.2085 or

Enjoy photos from last year’s CELEBRATE LOGAN.

“We want N Street Village to be there.”

McDaniel, DaleDale McDaniel has been a part of the N Street Village community since the beginning. He was a parishioner at Luther Place Memorial Church when Pastor John Steinbruck and his wife, Erna founded N Street Village with support from Jewish and Catholic congregations to respond to the  poverty and homelessness facing the Logan Circle neighborhood following the 1968 riots. He has seen N Street Village grow into something much greater than the founders could have hoped for. Reflecting on his involvement, he notes that “I have received far more than I have given when I see and hear how the women of N Street Village have regained control of their lives.”

That’s why he and his now deceased wife Deanna decided to include N Street Village in their planned giving. As much as he hopes the issue of homelessness will no longer a problem, he is realistic and wants N Street Village to continue meeting the needs of homeless women after he dies. Working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation, they created two planned vehicles to benefit N Street Village—a charitable gift annuity and charitable remainder trust. Dale notes that there are many other ways to make a planned gift including simply writing N Street Village into your will.

N Street Village is grateful to Dale and Deanna for their planned gifts. Through their generosity, they will ensure that N Street Village will be there for the homeless women of Washington, D.C. for many years to come.

To learn more about how you can make a planned gift to N Street Village, you can contact Stuart Allen, Director of Development at 202-536-2085 or

[Video] Speech of Arrested Development Live

While visiting N Street Village for a tour and lunch, Speech of Arrested Development treated our community with an impromptu performance of Night Time DeMons from the 2004 album Among the Trees [see below]. Arrested Development went on to perform a benefit concert that evening at Malmaison that raised over $25,000 for N Street Village programs.

Read more about Night Sessions: Arrested Development Live for N Street Village:

A Place of Her Own

Lavone was tired of living in a public shelter. She had to share space with other women and do everything—eat, shower, sleep—when somebody told her. She had no privacy and her personal property was not respected. But she was there because she had no other choice.

Living in a shelter was a huge change for Lavone. For 25 years she had her own place in Southeast Washington. She worked as an administrative and medical assistant. When her husband died in 2007 and she couldn’t find another position in her field, she could no longer afford rent. She was soon evicted and was homeless for the first time in her life.

Erna’s House, N Street Village’s newest permanent supportive housing program for formerly homeless women, was just what Lavone needed. In April 2012, after being without her own place for more than five years, she moved into a one-bedroom apartment at Erna’s House. Now after working a full day with D.C. Public Schools in food preparation, Lavone comes home to her own place where she can relax, rest, and cook for herself.

Dave and LavoneAs a resident of N Street Village, she attends Job Keepers meetings to meet and network with other working women. She is also working with Dave Wasserman, an N Street Village volunteer, to develop a budget so that she can save more of her hard-earned paycheck.  She hopes to be able to save enough money to buy a car and house of her own.

Thanks to her hard work and the support of N Street Village, Lavone is happy and stable again. After experiencing so much adversity, she is planning for a bright future.

By Shane Yost, Manager of Individual Giving – story originally published in N Street Village’s Village Voice newsletter.

Ilana’s In Kind Corner: Cleaning Season

IMG_1299-001Thanks to everyone who visited our last In-Kind Corner post and collected winter boots and hand warmers for our community.  Because of your generosity, we were able to provide our clients the items they needed to stay warm throughout these past winter months. It may be hard to believe but spring is right around the corner and our community is already thinking about spring-cleaning. So how can you help us this week?

This week’s need — cleaning supplies

cleaning-suppliesThe shelves that hold our cleaning supplies are empty.  With many cleaning projects scheduled over the upcoming months – we need your support. Our cleaning supply needs include: multipurpose cleaner, antibacterial wipes, toilet bowl and bathroom cleaners, dry and wet mop refills, oven cleaner, antibacterial spray, dish soap, dust clothes, and paper towels.

Please consider running a drive at your school, place of worship, or workplace and help us stock up our closet with new, unopened items.  Please contact me with any questions and to schedule a drop-off appointment.  Thanks for your support!

Ilana  Cookler | N Street Village Development Assistant | 202.939.2050

View a complete list of our community’s in-kind needs on our website.

Kitchen Crash Reveal

“I want this new space to give the residents a hug when they walk in.”
— Alison Victoria, DIY Network interior designer
and host of Kitchen Crashers

IMG_4885Since 2010, Scripps Networks Interactive, a lifestyle media company, has been a major partner in N Street Village’s work to support and empower homeless and extremely low-income women in Washington, D.C.

This past week, Scripps Networks Interactive brought its creativity and commitment to our community once again by organizing and sponsoring the renovation of the kitchen at N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter.

Luther Place Night Shelter, one of N Street Village’s seven housing programs, offers safety and support for 31 women who are working to move out of homelessness. The kitchen renovation was long overdue, as the space hadn’t been updated in over 20 years. The residents cooked makeshift meals in toaster ovens and microwaves, had nowhere to store dishes and cooking utensils, and lacked counter space to prepare and serve meals.

DIY Network interior designer Alison Victoria, host of Kitchen Crashers, arrived last Monday with local contractor SCK to design and install an efficient and functional kitchen for our residents.  The makeover includes new appliances and improved storage, a granite countertop, new flooring, a fresh coat of paint, and updated furnishings for the common area.  Alison also conducted a workshop for residents from all of our housing programs, sharing tips on easy and affordable ways to enhance their living space.

Our staff and residents are so grateful to Alison Victoria and the DIY Network for their support. We’d also like to give special thanks to our partners at Scripps Networks Interactive for their continued commitment to N Street Village and the women we serve.

Learn More:

  • Watch Alison Victoria’s interview with Fox 5
  • View photographs of the entire kitchen renovation
  • Read “N Street Village and DIY Network Unveil Renovated Shelter Kitchen” (Herald Online, 1/30/13)

Photo of the Week

LPNS kitchen

This ole kitchen is about to get Crashed!  DIY Network celebrity designer Alison Victoria of Kitchen Crashers and her team will arrive on Monday to begin the renovation process of our night shelter kitchen.  The space hasn’t been updated in over 20 years.

In the Washington Post this Weekend

WaPoMagWe are thrilled to share two exciting achievements that you made possible.

This Sunday, the “Inaugural Issue” of the Washington Post Magazine will publish this article­ featuring two former residents who are now N Street Village employees.

In 2009, Elaine Webber and Emily Miller were offered the chance to attend the People’s Inaugural Ball, an event funded and organized by Virginia philanthropists and N Street Village supporters Earl and Amanda Stafford. The event provided disadvantaged people including those who were homeless, physically or mentally disabled, and wounded veterans, the opportunity to participate in the inauguration of President Barrack Obama, our nation’s first African-American president. This Sunday’s Post Magazine feature article highlights a few stories about the attendees and tells where they are now, four years after the Ball.

We are so proud to say that Elaine and Emily are now thriving — living in their own apartments and giving back to the community every day. As employees of N Street Village, who themselves have struggled with homelessness, Elaine and Emily bring both wisdom and compassion to their work. They know firsthand about the struggles faced by those we serve, and they help to extend to them the dignity and respect that they themselves experienced here.

We are so thankful for Elaine and Emily—and you for helping making their success possible.

I hope you enjoy this article.

Warm regards,

Stuart Allen
Director of Development
Stuart Allen