Celebrating 40 Years

Last Wednesday, so many friends—both new and old—helped make the celebration of our 40th anniversary an evening to remember. Together, we welcomed 600 guests and raised more than $760,000 for homeless and low-income women.

The powerful voices of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the ongoing commitment of our Founder’s Award honorees, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Senator Kay Hagan, and the inspiring examples of our clients Marshalle, Evelyn, and Ann—were all unforgettable.

N Street Village has been providing housing and services for the most vulnerable women in our city for forty years. At our 40th Anniversary Gala last week, we opened the evening with a video, which reflected on the evolution of N Street Village’s mission over the last 40 years, while also looking towards the future.

We are extremely grateful to all the businesses, organizations, and individuals who sponsored this year’s event. View a full list of our 40th Anniversary Gala sponsors here.

You can watch highlights of our honorees here, see photos from the night here, and check out Bloomberg, Bisnow, and Washington Post event mentions.

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40th Anniversary Gala Steinbruck Honorees

On April 9, nearly 600 friends and supporters of N Street Village came together at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., for N Street Village’s 40th Anniversary Gala. This annual event celebrates those in our community who help homeless and low-income women make positive changes in their lives and also honors the achievements of our clients. This year’s gala was a huge success, raising more than $760,000!

At this year’s gala, we recognized three remarkable N Street Village clients who are an inspiration to all of us: Evelyn Brensen, Marshalle Gaither, and Ann Hill. The women received the N Street Village Steinbruck Award, which is presented annually to the clients whose leadership, persistence and determination reflect that of Erna and John Steinbruck, the co-founders of N Street Village.

In this video, which was shown at the gala, Evelyn, Marshalle, and Ann share what brought them to N Street Village and how their experience in our programs changed their lives for the better.

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Celebrating an N Street Village Partnership

WAP logoN Street Village has several yearlong service corps members serving the community in different departments. In August 2013, N Street Village’s Wellness Center welcomed its first Washington AIDS Partnership/AIDS United AmeriCorps member (me!) to serve as a HIV Health Promotion Specialist.

This relationship isn’t completely new as the Washington AIDS Partnership placed an AmeriCorps member at Miriam’s House, beginning with its inception in 1996. Miriam’s House became a part of N Street Village in October 2011 and provides housing and services to homeless women who are living with HIV. Washington AIDS Partnership Executive Director Channing Wickham was instrumental in those early days of the development of Miriam’s House, not only providing operational funding but also connecting Miriam’s House founding executive director Carol Marsh to other funding and networking opportunities with other AIDS services organizations. Miriam’s House and N Street Village have also been recipients of staff morale grants from Washington AIDS Partnership.

Today, N Street Village is happy to continue this long and successful relationship with Washington AIDS Partnership by creating the HIV Health Promotion Specialist position. With HIV a health risk, concern, and disease in our community, collaboration with Washington AIDS Partnership seems both necessary and beneficial.

The N Street Village community wants to take a moment to acknowledge, to thank, and to celebrate Channing’s 20th anniversary with the Washington AIDS Partnership. He is truly committed to people living with HIV and the nonprofits that serve them. Click here to read more about his impact in D.C.


SARAH THAPPABy Sarah Thappa – Sarah is a member of AIDS United’s AmeriCorps National team with the Washington AIDS Partnership and serves as the HIV Health Promotion Specialist at N Street Village. She does HIV education, counseling, outreach, and testing in addition to health promotion classes on various topics. Sarah hails from Northern Illinois and graduated from Carleton College ‘13 with a B.A. in Biology.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Project Affinity

project AffinityThis month, get to know volunteer group, Project Affinity. Project Affinity donates and serves lunch at N Street Village’s day center on the first Sunday of each month. Project Affinity began volunteering with at the Village in June 2013. Project Affinity has become a very popular group because of the delicious food they make and share with our community. Let’s get know Project Affinity…

Project Affinity focuses its efforts on assisting those in the community that have been marginalized by society. Project Affinity, from its inception, strives to operate in five key areas: assisting people experiencing homelessness, empowering disenfranchised youth, ex-inmate re-entry program, visiting the sick and elderly, and, engaging and empowering people with disabilities. In keeping with the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, we started small, but stressed consistency. We initiated services in one of the key areas—assisting people experiencing homelessness. On June 15th 2012, we had our first meal service for the clients of Central Union Mission DC. Since then, we have grown our presence into 4 facilities, including N Street Village.

Where is Project Affinity from and how long have you been serving the community? The group comprises of compassionate volunteers throughout the DMV area. We have been serving the DC community for over 21 months.

On a Sunday morning you will find us…at N Street Village or at another community event that aligns with our mission.

Describe your favorite meal the group has prepared and served to the community? Our favorite meal that we prepared was succulent tandoori chicken, seasoned rice, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and fresh vegetable salad with all the fixings.

Why did you start volunteering at N Street Village? After successfully establishing our presence at a men’s service provider, we wanted to expand our services to a women’s facility. Our research indicated N Street Village was on the front lines of providing vital services to women in need. This compelled us to start volunteering at N Street Village.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Renew, revive, and recalibrate

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? One of our fondest N Street Village memories is when volunteers gathered and eagerly listened to Bernadette’s accounts of N Street Village’s history, her personal struggles, and N Street Village’s involvement in her success. This incident was a testament to N Street Village’s valuable program and the opportunities it provides to its clients.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? It’s hard to isolate our surprises to only one. A few of our biggest N Street Village surprises were the high level of organization, the professionalism exuded by the staff, and the wide range of services N Street Village provided for its clients.

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Photo of the Week

Welcome Spring

N Street Village’s Be the Change self-advocacy and consciousness raising group offers a warm welcome to spring. This winter, as our city saw some of its lowest temperatures in decades and more snow than usual, N Street Village’s doors remained open the entire winter for any woman in need.

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Celebrate 40 Years with N Street Village


40th Anniversary Gala

Honoring with the Founder’s Award

Opening entertainment by


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 6:00p.m. 

1150 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


40th Anniversary Online Auctionopening March 26!
There is a wide selection of items-inclusive sporting packages, restaurants, and weekend getaways-on our online auction site. Visit today to register as a bidder and preview these exciting items. Spread the word and come back on March 26 to place your bids!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joanna Worsely

JoannaThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Joanna Worsely. Joanna was inspired to volunteer with us by an N Street Village alumni. Joanna began volunteering in September 2013, and has since served over 200 hours. Most days you will find Joanna volunteering in our Finance Department, but you may also find Joanna serving meals in the day center and night shelter. Let’s get to know Joanna…

I was brought up in London, England.  After leaving school I traveled extensively through Asia, working in Hong Kong and Delhi where I developed a passion for India.  Then I spent several years producing music videos in Los Angeles before returning to the UK and marrying a British army officer who in turn has a passion for lengthy Antarctic expeditions!  For the past five years, I have annually taken groups to various parts of India and administered two charities in London.  My husband is now working at the British Embassy in DC and I am over the moon to have found N Street Village (through the wonderful concierge at my apartment building) where I spend all of my days while I’m in the US.

Who is one of your favorite musicians?  Amy Winehouse

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? Statue of Einstein

Where is the last place you traveled to? To London to visit my kids!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Life-changing for everyone.

Why did you start volunteering at N Street Village? I have always felt deeply about the homeless and love working with women–I found both!

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? The staff is incredibly friendly and everyone seems to need my help with the filing!

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? Two of my favorite memories: when the ladies in the day center started to smile at me. It really made me feel that I had become familiar to them and was one of the team. And dancing with some of the ladies in the night shelter after dinner!

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