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You’re Invited to CELEBRATE LOGAN

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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

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

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

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

Enjoy photos from last year’s CELEBRATE LOGAN.

48 Village Hours & 1 Village Goal

June 28, 2013, Update: Amazing! Thank YOU to our Village Family who came together to raise $7,315 in just 48 hours.  Our effort to close the gap on a $25,000 matching opportunity, which will all go to support DC’s homeless and low-income women was a major success.  It truly does “Take a Village!”

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A few weeks ago the the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region announced they will match all donations made to N Street Village by the end of this month (up to $25,000.)  To date, we have received nearly $17,155, but we don’t want to leave any of the matching money on the table.

That’s why we need your help to raise the final $7,845 in the next couple of days, 48 hours to be exact.  Now, can you help us achieve this goal

It Takes a Village.

VILLAGEStarting today, we are asking YOU! – Our Village Family – to come together over the next 48 hours to raise the additional $7,845.

Together we can provide D.C.’s most vulnerable women the strength of community, the hope of renewal, and the opportunity to achieve personal stability. It truly does “Take a Village.”

Please take these three actions today:

  •  Double your gift and impact by giving on our “It Takes a Village” Razoo page – donate early while matching funds last!
  • Invite 5 people to donate $20 by sending them this message: Join me in supporting DC’s homeless and low-income women with a $20 contribution to N Street Village today.  It Takes a Village!  Your contribution will be matched: http://bit.ly/12l47U
  • Share (a lot!) on Facebook and Twitter
    Example Twitter message:  .@NStreetVillage has 48 hours to raise $7,845.  #TakesAVillage.  Donate TODAY!  Your gift will be matched! http://bit.ly/12l47UF.

    Example Facebook message: Join me in supporting DC’s homeless and low-income women with a $20 contribution to N Street Village today!  It Takes a Village!  Your contribution will be matched http://bit.ly/12l47UF.

Thank YOU for your ongoing support.  Now, let’s raise $7,845 together!
It Takes a Village.

You’re Invited | Seventh Annual Luncheon

On June 20th, we invite you to lunch at the National Press Club. The Annual Luncheon was created to raise awareness of issues related to women’s homelessness, poverty, and health. Purchase your tickets today.

Annual Luncheon Invite

Read more about the event online.

Volunteer Spotlight: Greg Marzullo

“Greg Marzullo has been teaching a “vinyasa flow” yoga class for N Street Village staff for many months now and has attracted a happy following of Friday afternoon yogis. Greg’s class is a way to promote self-care and well-being for our enormously talented and hard-working staff,  AND — the gift of his volunteerism creates a full circle of giving as it is transformed by that staff into compassion and hospitality for the hundreds of women and families who will find help and hope here this year.” 
— N Street Village Executive Director, Schroeder Stribling

GregLet’s get to know Greg…
Greg Marzullo is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and, each year, teaches thousands of people the physical, mental and philosophical practices of yoga. Before becoming a yoga teacher, he was a reporter and then the features editor for the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT newspaper. Greg got involved with N Street Village after discovering that one of his students, Schroeder Stribling, is the executive director of the organization. Every month, he looks forward to providing time and space for the incredible staff of N Street to breathe, move and find peace.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the D.C. area?  I’m from New England, both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and I’ve lived in D.C. for 12 years, which virtually makes me a native.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…at Amma’s ashram in Potomac, Maryland. Amma Amritanandamayi is commonly called “the Hugging Saint.” She’s a woman from India who literally travels the world offering hugs to thousands of people at a time. She’s been known to hug people for over 22 hours at a stretch without a break! I am deeply inspired by her story and her work in the world -everything from feeding the hungry to helping those wrangling with suicide, so I spend time at a local center dedicated to her and her work.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant?  I was just introduced to Tortino on 11th St. between N & M, N.W. It’s amazing Italian, and with a last name like Marzullo, I know my Italian food.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark?  It’s actually a little off the usual tourist path, but every time I have friends come into D.C. for the first time, I take them to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Catholic University’s campus. I think it’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots we have in the city.

What is favorite yoga pose?  I love any of the heart openers. Give me a chance to get into a deep backbend, and I’m there with bells on.

Why do you feel yoga is important for nonprofit professionals?  So many people in nonprofit fields give deeply of themselves to make sure that others can lead a better life. More often than not, the well runs dry because we don’t place value on taking care of ourselves. Yoga is one avenue that can help to refill the reserves for nonprofit employees so they can continue to make life easier for others.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  Aside from the inspiration I take from the wonderful staff, my favorite moment is walking up to the building through a group of women usually hanging out outside of the front door. I recognize they’ve had a long hard road to get to that courtyard, but I feel my heart swell when I see that for this moment, in this place, safety is theirs.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? The extensive nature of its programming and opportunities! How incredible!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Giving. Radiant. Healing.

A Holiday Thank You

You are making a huge difference.  Our staff is humbled by your commitment and is incredibly grateful for all you have done to help our city’s most vulnerable.  To show you our gratitude, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you with this video:

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As we look forward to a new year, we want to take this time to thank you for your support of N Street Village in 2012. Because of you, we were able to serve over 60% of our city’s homeless women. Whether a woman came to us for just one hot meal or she became a resident in one of our long-term housing programs, we were there to provide her with the care and compassion she needed.

These are just some of things you helped us accomplish in 2012:

  • We increased our housing for vulnerable women by more than 50%.
  • Over 46,000 nutritious meals were served in our drop-in day center.
  • 726 women received care for their bodies, minds, and spirits in our Wellness Center.
  • 95% of clients who found new employment kept their jobs for at least 3 months.
  • We provided affordable housing for low-and moderate-income individuals and families in Eden House, our 51-unit apartment complex.

We look forward to working with you in the coming year to help change the lives of many more women and families for the better.

 

Photo(s) of the Week

 

A few weeks ago, we launched the “Why I Walk” campaign to raise awareness about our October 6th Help the Homeless Community Walk.  The campaign captures the portraits of our supporters and their reasons for walking to end homelessness.

“We wanted to reinterpret cardboard signs so that they are no longer synonymous with transiency and homelessness.  Our signs display messages of power, hope, and community.”
                – Naomi Ho, Development Associate and Community Walk Coordinator

The signs were then used in a pop-up campaign in front of Luther Place Memorial Church off of Thomas Circle to build a house that represents what community can do when working together. Enjoy photos from the pop-campaign and please join us by signing up to walk in-person or virtually on October 6th to raise critical funds for our lifesaving programs.

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One Month Until…

One Month until N Street Village’s October 6th Help the Homeless Community Walk!

We have almost 1,500 walkers already — but need 4,000 walkers to receive an extra $50,000 from Fannie Mae. We need your support! If you haven’t already – please join our team and invite your friends too. Register to walk (in-person or virtually) and be eligible to win a $50 gift card to Teak Wood Thai and Sushi Bar.* 

If supporting 1,000 homeless women and free sushi isn’t motivation enough – watch as longtime Help the Homeless walker and N Street Village Grants Manager, Tim Fretz, offers yet another great reason to walk with N Street Village this year.

We did it last year.  Let’s do it again.  Join our team today!

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*Contest open until September 12th, winner will be notified by email within 1 week of contest’s close. Join N Street Village’s Team to enter!

Meet Our Honorees

On March 21, nearly 450 friends and supporters of N Street Village came together at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., for the Village’s 2012 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 $620,000!

At this year’s gala, we recognized three remarkable N Street Village clients who are an inspiration to all of us: Noelle Beamon, Bobbie Estes, and Carol Unger. 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,  Noelle, Bobbie, and Carol 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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And the Winners Are…

Wondering what all this talk about virtual walking really means?  N Street Village staff and supporters submitted videos to show how they will be virtually walking for N Street Village in the 2011 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon. Virtual walkers count towards N Street Village’s goal of 3,000 walkers, resulting in $50,000 from Fannie Mae.

On Wednesday October 19th, staff gathered for the staff Walkathon lunch where all 11 videos were viewed. A panel of esteemed judges came together to choose the video that best encompassed what it means to virtually walk.  Staff in attendance also voted for one video to receive the Fan Favorite award.

This year’s Judges’ Choice award went to a video submitted by N Street Village Director of Programs, Ann McCreedy, featuring her husband, James.  The judges noted that all the videos submitted to promote virtual walking were strong – but the concept behind James’ video truly depicted the idea of supporting N Street Village as a virtual walker.  Join James and support N Street Village while sticking to your normal Saturday routine.

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The video that received Fan Favorite honors also went to a video submitted by Ann McCreedy, and was created by her very talented nephew, Ewan.  Now none of us want to let Batman down – virtually walk for N Street Village!

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Poverty from a New Perspective

By Schroeder Stribling, N Street Village Executive Director

Washington’s “great divide” goes far beyond that of party politics, and according to a new report on poverty, hits much closer to home than most of us care to believe.

According to this month’s U.S. Census Data report, over 46 million Americans (nearly 1 in 6 people) were living in poverty in 2010—the largest number of Americans in poverty in more than half a century. These latest figures are indicative of nationwide, long-term unemployment, and certainly signal the need for innovative solutions to put Americans back to work.

From my vantage point, the challenge ahead is even greater than job creation. I speak every day with homeless and extremely low-income women in the District – those who are struggling to find their way out of chronic poverty. I work with a community where the median income is $2,400 per year, and where support for those with mental health and physical disabilities and other barriers to employment is more limited than ever. For most of our clients, a home of one’s own is only a hope because our city has a critical shortage of affordable housing and because they lack the steady and adequate income that would be necessary to support it.

Numerous organizations have developed creative solutions to address barriers to individual employment, and their methods are working. For instance, at N Street Village our clients face tremendous obstacles – low literacy, histories of incarceration, mental illness, trauma and addiction. In response, our Education and Employment Center helps chronically unemployed women with job training, placement, and retention programs that work. Last year, 75% of the women who graduated from our home health care training program found jobs, and 96% of the women who received employment retention support from us maintained their jobs for at least three months.

Programs and resources for people in poverty are being cut here in D.C. and across the country – and we are seeing the effects. In August 2011, N Street Village saw a 24 percent increase in the number of women seeking our services as compared to the year prior. We anticipate even greater numbers coming to our doors this fall, as the District’s approved FY 2012 budget removes three out of every five dollars from human support services and other low-income programs. As demand grows and resources diminish, we – and other organizations like ours – will be faced with difficult choices as we strive to provide the health, mental health, housing, and employment services that we know are effective for those in need.

I am encouraged by President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which proposes investments in sector-based training programs and tax credits for employers who take a chance on hiring long-term unemployed workers. While our government officials are strategizing to put America back to work, D.C. residents and the District’s public and private sectors need to act in partnership to protect the remaining services available for our most vulnerable neighbors.   We must support effective programs, and we must invest in them now to prevent longer-term and more costly problems in our future.  I know that if we work together we can create lasting solutions that allow every homeless and low-income person to find a path out of poverty and toward dignity and quality of life.