In the final episode of our “Workforce Series,” Vocational Center Manager Matt LaBorde speaks with Sharon Baker and Jewel McNeill, who both work for UPIC Health and are former N Street Village clients.Read Full Story
Cheryl was adopted and grew up in Washington, DC. Her parents both had good government jobs and they were a musical family. Around the age of 12, Cheryl realized that her father was abusing her mother regularly in their basement. One day she tried to get help from a neighbor, but they said it was just what couples did.
Cheryl begged her mother to leave her father, but her mother refused. Cheryl started drinking and using drugs to mask the pain. When Cheryl was 16, her mother passed away. A year later, her dad moved back to Dallas, TX, leaving Cheryl to fend for herself at the tender age of 17.
After 30 years of living on and off the streets, abusing alcohol and drugs, Cheryl found her way to N Street Village. She says, “they gave me a hug…they gave me back me.”
Cheryl credits the N Street Village community for helping to grow into the woman she is today.
“I always will have a deep respect for N Street Village because it gives unconditionally. N Street Village and Luther Place Memorial Church are like a big heart that gives peace and hope. Even though you come from the streets, all is not lost.”
Learn more stories of healing, hope, and transformation from Village clients and alumna.
Before I came to N Street Village, I was homeless for a decade, battling depression that started with the death of my mother. When I walked through the doors of the Village a year ago I knew I had found a family that was ready to welcome me with open arms and connect me with the resources I needed.Read Full Story
I had to grow up quickly. My mother had me at 16, and I was raised mostly by my grandparents. My father was in and out of prison during much of my childhood and was murdered when I was just 12 years old.
Making my childhood even more challenging, my mother exposed me to an adult lifestyle at a very young age. As a result, my life evolved into a fast track of drugs, alcohol, and men.Read Full Story
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