Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Knorovsky and Noah Wiese

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteers Katie Knorovsky and Noah Wiese.  Katie and Noah began volunteering in our community in the fall of 2007.  Almost every Friday, Katie and Noah serve breakfast in Bethany Women’s Center and they have logged close to 200 hours of service.

We both grew up in Davenport, Iowa, where our parents still live. We started dating sophomore year of high school. In 2007, we got married in Iowa—a couple of days later, we drove across the country to D.C., our new home. Since then, Noah has worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner. Katie is an editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine. We’re members at Luther Place Memorial Church, where we teach Sunday School to the youngest kids (ages 2 to 4). We first decided to check out Luther Place because we were impressed to read they had started a homeless shelter (N Street Village) in the 70s. We live in Bloomingdale with our little red dog named Thelma, play in an indie rock band (Noah on cello, Katie on violin), and love to travel (Copenhagen is a favorite).

  • How long have you lived in D.C.? We’ve lived in D.C. for about five years.
  • What is your favorite thing about living in D.C.? The balmy winters, as compared to Iowa. More seriously, we love the feel and character of the city’s neighborhoods.
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me …. Optimistically, playing music somewhere (we’re in a band). Realistically, hanging out with our dog.
  • When I have free time I most enjoy …. Riding bikes, going to art museums, going to shows/concerts, eating pizza. 
  • Book last read…. 
    Katie – A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    Noah – The Plague by Albert Camus
  • Most played song on iPod…
    Noah – “Es-So” by Tune-Yards
    Katie – “Don’t Haunt This Place” by The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? When we first moved to D.C. and lived in Logan Circle, we really appreciated that volunteering at N Street Village helped us develop a deeper connection to the neighborhood and all of its residents. Now that we’ve been doing it a while, we value the relationships we’ve built and the sense of rootedness that comes with that.
  • Why is it important to support N Street Village?  D.C. is a place with enormous wealth, but also people facing huge disadvantages. Places like N Street Village help fill a huge void. Everyone deserves a safe place—particularly one that challenges them to be their best.