Ruth grew up in D.C. and, as she describes it, “life was good.”
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in art, got married, and had two kids – all while continuing to teach. Then, her mother got sick.Read Full Story
Catherine worked hard all of her life. She retired from her retail career in 2008 and assumed the full-time role of taking care of her mother in Memphis. After her mother passed in March 2011, Catherine decided to move to DC to be closer to her niece and nephew. She had a hard time finding work and lived in a hotel until she could no longer afford the cost.
On a cold morning in February 2016, Catherine became homeless for the first time in her life. Alone, she made her way to Union Station where she met a woman who told her about the city’s emergency shelters.
“There was nothing positive in the shelter. I’d never been to prison but it felt like that to me. Women just waiting for the day to pass; many of them suffering.”
Then she heard about N Street Village. When she arrived, Catherine almost instantly felt safe and welcome. She started taking classes in the Village Wellness Center. Even though her housing was still uncertain, she began to see hope for a better tomorrow.
Then Catherine’s hope was realized: N Street Village was opening the new emergency housing program. Catherine applied and was one of the first women accepted into the Senior Temporary Housing program at The Patricia Handy Place for Women.
With stable housing in a caring community, Catherine can now embark on a new beginning. Catherine recently started working and looks forward to moving into her own place again where she can cook.
Catherine was honored with the 2017 Steinbruck award at the March 2017 Annual Gala.
Learn more stories of healing, hope, and transformation from Village clients and alumna.
Courtney grew up in an upper middle class, suburban family, but from an early age she felt different – “I didn’t know exactly what I was.” Born Calvin, she felt most comfortable with female friends and enjoyed being “girly.” Like most kids, she just wanted to be herself — unfortunately her parents would not accept her as a girl.
She struggled to survive living her “double life.” She started using drugs and alcohol to cope, but wasn’t concerned because “partying was what young people did.”Read Full Story
When Rosalind was in 5th grade, her dad committed suicide. After that, her mother, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, became increasingly physically and verbally abusive. Rosalind took the brunt of it.
Despite the increasing violence at home, Rosalind was a great student. She finished high school and went on to Morgan State College, where she made the Dean’s List and graduated magna cum laude. Between her studies, she married her first husband.Read Full Story
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