This Saturday…Your Reservation is Waiting

Skip the usual wait at delicious 14th Street restaurants and join TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and N Street Village THIS Saturday, September 20 as we  CELEBRATE LOGAN!

Eventbrite banner logos 9.15Purchase your tickets today and your reservation will be made for a self-guided tour featuring exclusive tastings with our Logan Circle and 14th Street restaurant partners. Don’t miss your chance to taste them all…B Too, Tico, The Pig, Pearl Dive, Barcelona Wine Bar, Gibellina…and many more! 100% of the proceeds will support the nearly 1,400 homeless and low-income women N Street Village serves every year.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Concert Series to Benefit N Street Village

N Street Village is honored to be selected as the beneficiary of The Thomas Circle Singers’ 2014-2015 concert season.

The Thomas Circle Singers and N Street Village have a special shared history. In the early 1970s, several parishioners at Luther Place Memorial Church on Thomas Circle formed a group of local singers to bring light to an otherwise blighted part of the city. Some of those same members were instrumental in creating a homeless outreach program that eventually became N Street Village. This makes Luther Place Memorial Church the perfect setting for the final concert of the 2014-2015 season. Season tickets and tickets for the October 19 premiere of “Annelies” are on sale now, with proceeds benefiting N Street Village’s programs. We hope to see you there!

Thomas Circle Singers Image***2014-2015 Concert Series Calendar***
Save 20% by buying your season tickets today!

Washington, D.C. Premiere: “Annelies”
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW
(Metro Center, parking available)

Sing We All Nowell! Music for Christmas
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave., NW

Life, Love, and Change
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Luther Place Memorial Church
1226 Vermont Ave., NW at Thomas Circle
(McPherson Square)

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You’re Invited to CELEBRATE LOGAN

Eventbrite bannerYOU’RE INVITED TO CELEBRATE LOGAN
with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty & N Street Village

Join N Street Village for three hours of exclusive tasting with our incredible Logan Circle restaurant partners. There is no better way to taste and tour the neighborhood. And, most importantly, every dollar raised will directly support N Street Village and the nearly 1,400 homeless and extremely low-income women we serve

CELEBRATE LOGAN is the best way to experience all of the amazing and diverse Logan Circle restaurants. Last year, we hopped from one restaurant to the next, enjoying exclusive tastings along the way. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon–all while supporting N Street Village.” — Mirjam Krull, 2013 CELEBRATE LOGAN participant

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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For questions about sponsorship, please contact
Stuart Allen at 202.939.2085 or sallen@nstreetvillage.org.

Enjoy photos from last year’s CELEBRATE LOGAN.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Helena Guerra

Volunteer Spotlight HelenaHelena Guerra has been volunteering at N Street Village since October 2013. She serves breakfast once a week at N Street Village’s Day Center. She enjoys ethnic cuisine, loves to travel, and is one of TripAdvsior’s top 10 reviewers in the world. Let’s get to know Helena…

I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, a sun-drenched old city, right across from New York—if you are willing to swim 3000 miles across the Atlantic. I hold a JD and a Masters in tax law. I first moved to Chicago, where my husband was doing a PhD. His job, after graduation, brought us to DC. When I arrived, I was shocked at the blatant inequality pervasive in Washington, D.C. I had a difficult upbringing, but I feel so fortunate to be here. I wanted to pay this happiness forward. I volunteer at N Street Village and as a paralegal at the Washington Legal Clinic. I also teach children about recycling at Oyster School.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? I am currently in love with a Vietnamese restaurant in Columbia Heights named Pho Viet. I love ethnic foods.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…cozied up in my home with my husband watching a movie.

What are you currently reading? Currently, I’m reading the new book of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, A Path Appears – Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities. It’s about how individuals, namely volunteers or donors, can make a difference to reduce poverty and inequality.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? My favorite landmark is the Lincoln Memorial at night. I enjoy walking through the Mall in the evening when it’s quieter.

Where is the last place you traveled to? I’m leaving for Northeast Asia today! I’m in love with Asian food and culture. Last year, I traveled in Southeast Asia and it was an amazing experience.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? The ladies that I serve are very kind and they always have something nice to say. They inspire me every day and are true examples of resilience.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? As a foreigner, I struggle with English pronunciation of certain words, apple was one such word. I would always ask the ladies if they wanted “aple”. After many tries, I now am proud to say APPLE with a smile. N Street Village women rock!

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Hot of the Press: The Village View Summer Edition

The Village View is a quarterly newsletter highlighting the stories and accomplishments of our N Street Village community. We hope you enjoy the most recent summer edition!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Luann Jacobs

LuannJacobsThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Luann Jacobs. Luann has been coordinating volunteers for the Wellness Center’s Reiki/Biofeedback program since July 2013. The Reiki/Biofeedback program promotes relaxation, stress reduction, restores balance, eliminates blockages, supports the immune system, and fosters all around healing and well-being. She enjoys the relaxing pace of living in close proximity of Shenandoah National Park and spending time with her husband, their 3 dogs, and cat. Let’s get know Luann…

I became interested in integrative medicine because of a back injury that caused me pain for 15 years. I discovered Reiki in 1992 and it wasn’t long before I was free of pain and offering Reiki to my brain injured clients to help them shift emotionally away from frustration, anger, and depression into letting go and moving on. I was a founding staff member of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) in 1998 when Dr. John Pan opened the doors and began this now 16+ year journey (and still going) to help medicine change the way it is practiced. Biofeedback became a natural part of the practice of Reiki in a medical setting so I could demonstrate in visual terms the effectiveness of touch in balancing the nervous system. Today, I combine the two practices and teach them both so others can learn to care for themselves. It was while working at CIM that I met Katharine Pan who talked about her volunteer work at N Street Village and the wonderful women there. She is the reason I am now able to offer the Reiki/Biofeedback program at N Street Village.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? Indiana born, I have lived and worked in many cities and in Southeast Asia. I have been in DC this last time since 1988, but also lived and worked here in the early 1970’s. Five years ago we moved from Arlington to Front Royal, a small town 70 miles west of Washington.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? I love Indian, Thai, and most Asian food. My current favorite restaurant is Haandi Indian Restaurant in Falls Church.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…at home in Front Royal with my husband making dinner and watching a movie. My husband is a vegetable gardener and a great cook. We eat quite well from what we grow.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? I was late to seeing Gravity and it left me breathless. I had to stop several times to regroup!

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? Washington is such a beautiful city and there are so many famous landmarks. I love most of the parks around the city that offer greenery and space. I also enjoy the Smithsonian Mall, the art museums, our view of the Capital, the Reflecting Pool, Lincoln in his chair…it’s so hard to pick one!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Heart centered.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? The women! The passion for letting go of the pain from the past and being here now in this moment, which allows you to have that next moment.

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From the Executive Director: A “Close-Up” Perspective

Schroeder 2 - CopyDear Village Friends:

You may have seen the article in The Washington Post this week by Petula Dvorak.

I am sure that you have been hearing the many media reports about the situation at DC General. The problem is a very real and pressing one—and yet, the story told publicly often misses much of the overall complexity of the issue. I have been involved in DC’s policy and planning work as a local leader/advocate and also as a member of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness and have had a “close-up” perspective.

From that perspective, I would like to emphasize the following:

  • For 2 years now, we have seen a dramatic spike in family homelessness in DC (in most cases, “families” are “women with children”); many more families than anticipated came to request shelter in the winter months. Acting on an emergency basis to this crisis, the District housed hundreds of people at DC General and also put families in hotels—an unideal, inefficient solution and one to which there seemed no alternatives given the few resources in the hands of those charged with addressing it
  • Over the past 5 years we HAVE made some progress in addressing individual (often ‘chronic’) homelessness in DC—and programs such as N Street Village’s Erna’s House are examples of what we have accomplished in working together between government funders, private developers, and service providers
  • A situation like DC General however won’t be fixed by simply addressing that crisis, but rather by understanding and beginning to remediate the underlying problems which are causing the crisis…such as:
    –A shrinking and dramatically inadequate amount of affordable (and decent) housing in DC
    –Vast and unyielding socio-economic disparities in education, health, and access to vocational opportunities

We have a lot of work to do in all of these areas and it will take every community, every board/group/mission/organization, AND our government partners to make progress and to address deeply entrenched poverty and its related problems, such as those exemplified by DC General. I always encourage us to remember and share the idea that “we are more alike than we are different.” A few small turns of fate of circumstance could render us in one another’s position—and whether we are motivated by our faith or a sense of justice or compassion—we should fulfill a social compact that ensures equity, dignity and opportunity for everyone.

With thanks to Petula and The Washington Post for printing this article, we DO hold N Street Village as an example of what can be possible. AND it is the dedication and generosity of all of you—our Board, our volunteers, our neighborhood, our contributors and others—who have created this community of compassion and potential.

May we all stay ‘on fire’ for the mission of N Street Village and for the larger objectives of social equity and opportunity that we represent.

With gratitude for all of you, who are so committed and engaged.

Schroeder Stribling
N Street Village
Executive Director

P.S. We did not know that Petula was going to write about N Street Village in her article, it was a nice Tuesday morning surprise.

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