We would like to introduce you to N Street Village staff member Rhonda Thompson. As a Residential Support Services (RSS) Program Assistant, Rhonda works with the RSS team to operate N Street Village’s five residential programs and to support individual residents. On a typical day, she can be found offering encouragement and counsel to our residents, responding to client crises, and planning activities and events for the community. In addition to Rhonda’s regular Program Assistant duties, she currently co-leads two support groups — Relapse Prevention and Self Esteem. Rhonda has been working at N Street Village since August 2010. Rhonda sat down with us recently to share more about herself and her experience at N Street Village.
NSV: Tell us a bit about yourself.
RT: I am a native Washingtonian – born and raised in what is now called the Shaw area of the District. I am the proud parent of three wonderful children, a daughter and two sons. I attended the University of the District of Columbia for Business Administration/Accounting. I entered the social services arena through a part-time job working with domestic violence survivor victims. I plan to take classes in social services administration in the spring semester to help further my career at N Street Village.
NSV: What brought you to N Street Village?
RT: I had heard of N Street Village since its inception. I’ve always thought it was a strong organization because of what it does for the population it services.
NSV: What was your first impression of N Street Village?
RT: My first impression of N Street Village was how organized the organization was.
NSV: What has surprised you most about working at N Street Village?
RT: What has surprised me most about N Street Village is how it is truly a community in every sense of the word.
NSV: What do you find most challenging about working as a Residential Support Services Program Assistant?
RT: Hoping to reach every woman who comes through the community.
NSV: What do you wish other people knew about the residents you work with?
RT: That we are all more alike than different and that we all have to recreate an area of our lives at one time or another.
NSV: What is it that N Street Village is doing to make an impact?
RT: N Street Village is a vehicle of change, allowing women to recreate and rebuild areas of their lives so that they can become self-sufficient.
NSV: What would you tell someone who is thinking about supporting N Street Village?
RT: It is an awesome organization that does great things for women.
NSV: If you weren’t working as a Program Assistant with Residential Support Services, what would you be doing instead?
RT: Probably working in someone’s accounting office.
NSV: What do you do when you aren’t working?
RT: I read quite a bit.
NSV: What do you enjoy most about living and working in DC?
RT: I love living in and working in DC because you can walk to a lot of places and a car is not a necessity.