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[Video] Village “Happy” Dance

This week marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” announcement, which introduced legislation that would significantly grow the government’s role in fighting poverty.

Today that “war” is far from over and the need to find solutions to the entrenched causes of poverty and its numerous negative effects remains urgent.  Yet while we should feel disquieted about the justice that is still to be achieved, there are many small victories that we can and should feel proud of on this anniversary.

Here at N Street Village we are witness to moments of healing, happiness, and joy every day.  We are privileged to stand in solidarity with women and families who are overcoming their personal struggles and reaching out to help one another.

What better way to celebrate this feeling than through…dance. Recently, our community was inspired by a Pharrell Williams’ 24-hour interactive song and video called “Happy.” Knowing that we have a very talented community of movers and shakers, we decided to join the “24 Hours of Happy” viral movement and create own Village “Happy” dance.  We wanted to “share the love” with you today – we hope you enjoy this moment of happiness N Street Village-style.

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May the daily and inspirational achievements of those we serve give us strength and courage for the journey ahead. 

Much happiness,
Schroeder Stribling
Executive Director of N Street Village

Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Ann “Curley“ Newgent

Curley PictureThis month get to know N Street Village volunteer Carol Ann “Curley” Newgent. Curley is an intern with Steinbruck Center of Urban Studies. She started volunteering with N Street Village in September 2013. In a short time, Curley has made a tremendous impact on our community with her positive attitude and can-do spirit. You will often see Curley serving dinner or as an Overnight Supervision Volunteer at our night shelter — usually on a moment’s notice. Let’s get to know Curley…

My name is Carol Ann Newgent, but I go by Curley — so much so that often people don’t know my real name. I grew up in Baltimore and moved to Carroll County, Maryland at age 11. I have nine siblings, who range in age from 7 to 30. We were all home schooled by my mom and we train service animals in our spare time. I am finishing up my Associates in Social Work at Carroll Community College and have plans to transfer to Morgan State next fall. In the fall of 2012, I came to the Steinbruck Center, a service learning and short-term immersion hub in DC, with Carroll Community College and I decided to come back and take a gap year to intern. Besides service and volunteering, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, running, and cooking.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Great Wall Szechuan on 14th street, mostly because it’s the closest Chinese food to my house (which is in the church building).

On a Saturday evening you will find me… I don’t know if I ever do the same thing twice, but often times watching Netflix.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? I don’t necessarily have a consistent favorite, but right now what’s on my play list is Pink, Macklemore, and Fun.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Tower Heist, which is a Ben Stiller comedy

Why did you start volunteering at N Street Village? At first, it was a requirement of my internship. My supervisor set up weekly volunteering for me. I continued to volunteer once a week because it is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with the women.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? SoulFiesta, which was a huge block party that happened over the summer in collaboration with Luther Place, local Latino housing co-operatives, and the local elementary school. It was nice to see everyone having a good time, relaxing, and also sharing music and food cross culturally. But really, any time I get to spend time with the women is a joy.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village?  I was surprised by the breadth of services offered all in one place — from meals and clothing, to health and wellness services, to permanent supportive housing. Most of the shelters I had ever worked at or volunteered at previously had never offered such a wide array of services.

#GivingTuesday is Next Week

Marla BannerWe are excited to be participating in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 3.  #GivingTuesday is a national movement created to kick off the “giving season.” The day is added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. This year, Razoo has joined #GivingTuesday and will offer a number of prizes to those participating.

Check out our #GivingTuesday page on Razoo. If you are traveling this holiday season, our #GivingTuesday page makes it easy for your to schedule your #GivingTuesday donation before you leave.

Visit our #Giving Tuesday + N Street Village page today to make a gift in support of the nearly 1,400 homeless women who come through our doors every day of the year. Once your donation is scheduled, it will be processed on Tuesday, December 3rd — #GivingTuesday.

Thank you for joining us this #GivingTuesday and for providing much needed hope and opportunity to our city’s most vulnerable women.

Volunteer Spotlight: Roslyn Banks and Meg Meyer

Meg and Roslyn 2This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer team Roslyn Banks and Meg Meyer.  Together, Roslyn and Meg volunteer once a month, serving lunch in our drop-in day center. They began their service at the end of 2011 and have volunteered over 40 hours at N Street Village. Both Roslyn and Meg  work for the National Association for Home Builders, have called the D.C. area home for many years, and share a passion for family, museums, and giving back. Let’s get to know Roslyn and Meg…..

Roslyn: I was born in Japan, grew up in San Francisco and have lived in D.C. for 21 years.  I have been employed at National Association of Home Builders for 18 years.  I am grandmother of 6 and all of my grand-children reside in California.   While volunteering with Food & Friends another staff member told us about N Street Village. Currently, I volunteer at N Street Village, Food & Friends, The Buddhist Center as a receptionist, and prepare meals at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. In the past, I volunteered with St. Anne’s Orphanage and Dress for Success.  Additionally, I love to visit museums and exhibits, and take photographs.

Meg: I was born in Chicago and grew up in a Chicago suburb. I came to D.C. in 1978 to attend American University.  I lived in Toledo, Ohio for a few years, where I had my son, who is now 30 years old.  I also have two stepsons and a stepdaughter.  I am the grandmother of three – two boys, ages 3 and 5 and a 10 month old girl. I moved back to D.C. in 1984 and have worked at National Association of Home Builders almost as long (29 years!).  Roslyn and I also volunteer together for Food & Friends.

Favorite thing about living in DC…
Roslyn: FREE Museums!
Meg: I am fascinated by politics and love the architecture and the museums.

On a Saturday evening you will find me at…
Roslyn: home relaxing
Meg: the movies, if I can talk my husband into it!

When I have free time I most enjoy…
Roslyn: taking photographs throughout the city
Meg: relaxing with a good book

Book you last read…
Roslyn: I am finishing “Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larsen
Meg: “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

Most played song on your iPod/stereo…
Roslyn: “The Need to Be” by Esther Satterfield
Meg: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?
Roslyn: It allows me to give back and reach out to women in need
Meg: Roslyn nailed this one!

Why it is important to support N Street Village?
Roslyn: Because there are too many women living on the fringes that require their services
Meg: Once again, Roslyn nailed this one too!

 

 

Loretta has a new apartment!

IMG_4488-001Loretta has a remarkable story. She was over 50 when she first came to N Street Village in 2006. She had a drinking problem since she was eight years old and had been homeless for two years. She was no longer on speaking terms with her family, and any money she had was going to support her addiction. One night on the streets she felt such deep despair that she took a handful of pills in an attempt to kill herself.

Thankfully—Loretta’s attempt failed, and soon after she entered N Street Village’s Recovery Housing program. She received mental and physical health care, participated in group meetings, and found a creative outlet making jewelry in crafts classes.  Once she graduated from our Recovery Housing program, Loretta became a resident in our permanent supportive housing program. Last year, she decided that she was ready to make a final move to living on her own.  

She felt that N Street Village had prepared her well and that it was time for another woman to take her place here and have the opportunity that she did.

Today, Loretta has her own apartment in Washington, D.C. She is no longer estranged from her family. In fact, she has become the caregiver for her mother, who suffers from dementia, and is a loving grandmother to her grandson. Loretta is now somebody her entire family can depend on.

Although Loretta no longer lives at N Street Village, she is still part of our community. Every Thursday she meets with her tutor to prepare for taking the GED exam. On one of those Thursdays, Loretta made a donation to N Street Village.  While writing out the check she said, “Somebody gave a donation to help me. It’s only fair to give back so that I can help somebody else.”

Feel inspired by Loretta’s story?  Please make a donation in honor of Loretta today and help make it possible for other women to follow in her footsteps. Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight: Julia Conte

NStreetVillageVolunteerPictureThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Julia Conte. Julia began volunteering with N Street Village in September 2012 and has served over 300 volunteer hours in our community. She serves regularly as an overnight supervision volunteer at N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter.  Let’s get to know Julia…

N Street Village was my best Craigslist find.  After I moved to DC, I was selling a microwave on Craigslist and looking for volunteer opportunities with an organization serving homeless individuals.  A development staff person contacted me about donating my microwave to N Street Village. Unfortunately, I had already sold it but I asked how I could volunteer and here I am!  I love to run, drink coffee, and explore different neighborhoods.  Recently, I have been gardening, taking dance classes, and getting out into nature. 

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago and have been in D.C. for almost a year.  I moved here from the city of Chicago and was in Iowa before then.  It’s my first time living outside of the Midwest which has been scary and exciting.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Don Juan’s in Mount Pleasant.  I’ve never had a pupusa before I moved to D.C. and I love them!  The only way it could get any better is if they had a food truck too!

On a Saturday evening you will find me…having dinner and drinks with good friends, dancing, or relaxing at my house-having some good laughs and conversation with my housemates.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Sleepwalk with Me.  It’s funny, heartwarming and sad all at the same time.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark?  I haven’t had a chance to really get out to all areas of D.C.  As of now, I would say the National Mall because it’s used for so many different things.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Warmth. Care. Commitment.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? The people I’ve met.  All of the staff, volunteers, and residents are so welcoming. I feel like I am inspired and can learn so much from everyone I meet.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? It strives to create a community for women to support one another rather than simply providing services.

Photo of the Week

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To the audience’s applause, Emily Miller (N Street Village alumna and Seventh Annual Luncheon featured speaker) shared that after years of addiction and living in an abandoned car, she is now enrolled in the social work program at Trinity University.  Hosted at the National Press Club, this year’s Annual Luncheon welcomed over 200 guests and raised nearly $10,000 for N Street Village programs.  View more Annual Luncheon photos.

This Father’s Day — Let’s Celebrate!

IMG_5330This Father’s Day is very special for N Street Village.  It is a day to recognize all of our supporting fathers AND celebrate the 57th wedding anniversary of founding father Pastor John Steinbruck and his wife, Erna.  This year, Pastor John and Erna are asking for a very special anniversary gift: to help the homeless women at N Street Village.

And this year, your special anniversary gift will be matched by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (up to $25,000) between now and June 30. Click here to make a donation on Pastor John and Erna’s anniversary page.

Today, Pastor John and Erna live in the Cadbury Continuing Care Retirement Home in Lewes, Delaware.  They send along their warm greetings to all the individuals and congregations that have been instrumental in growing N Street Village to be the largest provider specializing in supportive services and housing for homeless and low-income women in D.C.  

Now, you can double your gift and impact by making a donation today! Together, we can raise $50,000 for women who depend on N Street Village.

P.S.  Send Pastor John and Erna an anniversary message using the comment box on their anniversary page.

Donations can also be mailed to Pastor John and Erna Steinbruck at N Street Village, 1333 N Street NW, Washington DC, 20005.

Photo of the Week

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Arrested Development with N Street Village’s Young Professionals Committee celebrate the success of their event, Night Sessions: Arrested Development Live for N Street Village.  The event was held at Malmaison on Thursday, May 16, welcoming nearly 200 friends and raising more than $25,000 for N Street Village’s programs.

Meet N Street Village’s Health Promotion Team

By Nettie Faratci – Nettie is a member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and serves as the Program Associate in N Street Village’s Wellness Center. 

N Street Village’s Wellness Center offers programs and services that take a holistic approach to wellness, addressing the mind, body, and spirit. I sat down with Kate and Ugo, two members of N Street Village’s Health Promotion team, to learn more about what’s going on at the Wellness Center and their visions for the Center’s future.

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N Street Village Health Promotion team – Kate and Ugo.

Nettie: Tell us a little about yourself.  What brought you to N Street Village?
Ugo
:  I’ve always been interested in maternal health and working with underserved populations.  Having lived in an underserved area in Nigeria, I learned that there are a number of external factors affecting one’s health. I wanted to learn more about these issues through focusing on women and children.  When I learned about the opportunity to work as a Health Promotion Specialist at N Street Village, I thought it would be a good fit and would allow me to focus on this particular population.
Kate: I am a recent nursing graduate with an interest in both public health and women’s health. I came across a service corps program that was offering a great nursing position at N Street Village, and it seemed like a great fit.

Nettie:  What is your role in the Wellness Center?  Are there any special projects you are working on?
Ugo:
I work as the Health Promotion Specialist in the Wellness Center. My main project is focused on  helping manage the burden clients face with diabetes.  One way I do this is by collaborating with partner organizations that have a vested interest in diabetes education and management through primary, secondary and tertiary intervention.  We link clients with specialists and also use the peer health partner model to empower clients to teach each other about their condition.
Kate: I work as the Health Promotion Nurse in the Wellness Center.  I work in a variety of ways to ensure that our clients’ health needs are being met. I conduct one-on-one meetings, help with problem-solving, help out in the medical clinic when needed, and lead a health education class. The special project I am currently working on is our reiki and biofeedback initiative. This initiatives focuses on providing clients with pain and stress management, while fostering personal wellness and equipping them with the tools to help others in the community.

Nettie:  When you think of N Street Village, what words come to mind?
Ugo:
  Innovation, empowerment, diversity, and community.
Kate:  I agree with all of those. I would add that N Street Village is holistic and caring.

Nettie: What is your favorite part about working at N Street Village and in the Wellness Center?
Ugo:
  I enjoy working one-on-one with our clients, helping troubleshoot when issues arise, and advocating for our clients.
Kate:  I really like walking through the halls and saying hello to all the women. It gives me a chance to check-in with them.

Nettie: What does “wellness” mean to you?
Ugo:
  Wellness means being complete. Being stable mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Kate:  Wellness is a sort of a comprehensive peace of mind and body, where people feel that they are in a good place with their health, both mentally and physically. They also feel equipped to manage the health challenges that come their way.

Nettie: What do you hope for the future of health promotion at N Street Village?
Kate:
I’m hope that we can continue to provide our services and foster an environment where people know that their health needs are being supported.
Ugo: I see a health promotion office where we are instrumental in advancing the mission of N Street Village. I hope that our work leads to more clients having an improved knowledge, attitude, and practice of health issues that they can use as tools as they transition out of N Street Village.

Nettie: If you could buy anything for the Wellness Center, what would it be?
Ugo:
  Hemoglobin AIC testing equipment to help the women we serve with diabetes management.
Kate:  I would buy an ice cream machine that lowers your risk for diabetes. One can dream!

nettie1About the Interviewer: As the Program Associate in N Street Village’s Wellness Center, Nettie coordinates programming and services in the Wellness Center, works with volunteers and community partners, and teaches a weekly nutrition class. Nettie is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Brandeis University with a BS in public health and biology. In her spare time, Nettie enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.