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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: Stephanie Arku

Stephanie ArkuThis month get know N Street Village volunteer Stephanie Arku. Stephanie, a native Washingtonian, has been volunteering with the community since January 2013. Stephanie prepares and serves lunch on weekends in the Day Center. Let’s get to know Stephanie…

I always knew that I wanted to help others and what better way to do that than through volunteering. My biggest hurdle was finding a place to do it. I ended up talking to a friend about this and she recommended seeking out volunteer opportunities at N Street Village. She became familiar with the organization while interning there as a graduate student. Based on her experience, I knew that this would be a perfect fit for me. Currently, I work as a Program Analyst for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. I joined the Federal Government because I wanted to make a positive difference not only in this country but globally. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, exploring different restaurants, attending live music events, indoor cycling, and traveling.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? There are several great restaurants in this area so it is hard for me to choose just one. However, I will say that the last great meal I had was at STK in Dupont Circle, and I also have a soft spot for Guapo’s Restaurant.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…venturing out to a new restaurant/lounge with friends or spending a quiet evening at home watching movies.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? The Dave Matthews Band

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? My top four are the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, and Rock Creek Park.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Empowering. Hospitable. Life-altering.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? My favorite memory actually took place on my very first shift as a volunteer when I was serving lunch at the Day Center. I was a little nervous because I feared that I may drop a plate(s) considering I can be a klutz at times. Well one of the ladies sensed my nervousness and then smiled and said to me, “baby, don’t be nervous, you’re doing just fine.” Her words resonated with me and I continued my shift feeling confident and more at ease. I’ve always appreciated the woman’s kind words. That experience along with many others is the reason I continue to volunteer at N Street Village.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? The array of services focusing on the mind, body, and soul provided to homeless and low-income women in the area, ultimately, leading these women to have greater control and responsibility over their own lives.

Save the Date: Annual N Street Village Gala

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JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL N STREET VILLAGE GALA

Every day, women who are homeless in Washington, D.C. — often struggling with a mix of mental illness, addiction, violence and abuse, health problems, and unemployment —  find themselves at the doors of N Street Village. And, every day for more than 40 years, the doors of N Street Village have been open, providing much-needed hope and hospitality to our city’s most vulnerable women.  This year we will present our Founder’s Award to Senator Barbara Boxer for her personal and professional efforts on behalf of individuals who live on the margins of society.

On Tuesday, March 24, the annual N Street Village Gala will provide us an opportunity to celebrate our remarkable history and to gather strength to keep our promise — our promise that we will be here for the women who arrive at our door tomorrow.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

For questions about sponsorship please contact Stuart Allen (202-939-2085).

Last Call for 2014!

Holiday Banners1 More than 1,000 women come through the N Street Village doors each year. Many first come to our Day Center seeking just a hot meal and shelter from the cold. They find that and more. Each woman is also welcomed into a warm and caring community of hope and healing.

Your year-end gift today helps N Street Village provide that hope.

At N Street Village we meet each woman where she is and work with her to improve her housing, income, employment and overall health and well-being. Whether it is coaching from one of our trained staff, a visit to the Village Wellness Center or a safe place to sleep in our Night Shelter or other housing programs, N Street Village is open every day of the year to help the most vulnerable women in our city.

N Street Village is here to provide the hospitality and compassion that we all deserve.

Support the women of N Street Village by making your tax-deductible donation by midnight 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!

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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.

http://livingcontemplatively.org/articles/spiritual-hunger/

Join us in congratulating Joan on her wonderful achievement!

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!