A True Village SHE-RO | Idell’s Story

Idell SHE-ROThe youngest of 15 children, Idell was raised by her father and siblings after her mother died. Soon after, Idell got involved with “the wrong crowd,” and fell into a vicious period of drug abuse, which led to being in and out of jail. In 2011 Idell found herself once again in jail. She had a broken leg, which due to lack of proper care became infected and had to be amputated. Idell was desperate for change. Then she learned about N Street Village.

In September 2012, Idell moved into the N Street Village Recovery Housing program, a residential community where women live together and work on stabilizing their mental health and overcoming addiction. Idell devoted herself to her recovery and to healing.

“When I came to N Street Village, everybody loved me so I wasn’t scared. I could start to take care of myself.”

This year, Idell moved into her very own ADA-compliant apartment at N Street Village’s Erna’s House, a permanent supportive residence for women with histories of chronic homelessness. She enjoys living in a space that offers her the privacy and space she needs to become more confident with her disability, while working on her balance and navigating her surroundings. Idell has also recently been connected to a prosthetic leg class and looks forward to one day walking into N Street Village.

Idell has now found her inner SHE-RO. Her super power is telling her story to help inspire others to make positive changes in their lives. Idell manages the inspiration board at Erna’s House – and hopes that the passages she displays will help her fellow neighbors during a time of need.

“A SHE-RO is someone who shares their story in order to help someone else.”

Support our Village SHE-RO Idell with a gift in her honor and it will be matched up to $5,000! This generous match is provided by Sherry Hiemstra and Decker Anstrom. Thank you Sherry and Decker!

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

Trailer for Documentary Featuring N Street Village

“Can art save lives?”

That is question that lies at the center of the film How I Got Over by Nicole Boxer (producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War).

The documentary chronicles the journey of 15 formerly homeless women, living in N Street Village’s Recovery Housing program, as they turned their collective life experiences into an original play. The  film will premiere at AFI DOCS Documentary Festival on June 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. The emotional trailer was just released this week. Our community loved it so much–we just had to share it with you. Enjoy!


One Powerful Village Story Featured in WAMU 88.5 Series

This week, in a five-part series, WAMU 88.5 is exploring the influence of the crack epidemic in the late 80s and early 90s on our city.  The emergence of crack cocaine on DC streets was a major influence on the founding years of our N Street Village community, and we continue to cope with the effects of this addiction.  

A few months ago, Evelyn Green, whom many of you know as the manager of our day center program and a role model to so many, sat down with her daughter and with WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza. Together, they bravely and honestly shared their story of Evelyn’s addiction and the affects her addiction and recovery has had on their family.

Their story aired this morning on WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition in a segment titled, “Crack-Addicted Mothers Gave up Everything – Even Kids.” A supplementary digital story, on the same topic, featuring a resident living in our Recovery Housing program, Lynda, can also be found on this page.

Additionally, on Friday at 1 p.m. the entire five-part series will be sewn together into an hour long documentary, where there will be extended footage from Evelyn and her daughter’s interview, and there will also be excerpts from an interview that I did with Kavitha.  The segment featuring N Street Village will begin around 1:22 p.m.

Listen to the complete series on WAMU’s website.

Thanks for all that YOU do to make these stories of hope and healing possible.

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Schroeder Stribling, N Street Village Executive Director

Photo of the Week

One of the many walls at N Street Village offering inspiration through art.