This month, we would like to introduce you to N Street Village staff member Charis Goff. Charis has been working at N Street Village since May of this year. As a Development Associate, Charis works with the Development team to raise funds and awareness for all of N Street Village’s programs. Most recently, Charis led N Street Village’s Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon efforts — surpassing our goal of 3,000 walkers and raising an estimated $285,000 for N Street Village. Charis recently shared with us more about herself and her experience at N Street Village.
NSV: Tell us a bit about yourself.
CG: I am a native Washingtonian, with a BA from Hampton University and a MA from Old Dominion University. Outside of work I also serve as Membership Chair of Thursday Network, the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League.
NSV: What brought you to N Street Village?
CG: I was specifically hoping to work for an organization that did direct work in the D.C. community. The opportunity to work at N Street Village was the perfect mix of a successful organization with work I felt I could positively contribute to.
NSV: What was your first impression of N Street Village?
CG: My first impression of N Street Village was how amazing the people here are. I find inspiration from the clients and staff here in so many surprising ways each day.
NSV: What has surprised you most about working at N Street Village?
CG: How quickly you feel comfortable! I immediately felt like I was a part of a team and a community. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
NSV: What do you find most challenging about working as a Development Associate?
CG: The most challenging part of working as a Development Associate is helping people understand how special N Street Village is if they haven’t seen it for themselves.
NSV: What do you wish other people knew about N Street Village?
CG: I wish people could experience the energy here. Everyone here is committed to the mission of empowerment and recovery. It fills everything we do.
NSV: What is it that N Street Village is doing to impact the issue of women who are homeless or very low-income?
CG: N Street Village provides much needed critical services that help homeless and low-income women address their immediate needs, and then provides the resources to assist in sustainable progress and self-sufficiency.
NSV: What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to N Street Village?
CG: A donation to N Street Village is truly an investment. You’re not only contributing to the basic needs the Village satisfies, you are helping women who genuinely want to help themselves. This community thrives because it provides a support system and that’s not possible without the generous contributions of considerate donors.
NSV: If you weren’t working at N Street Village – what would you be doing instead?
CG: Writing and re-writing a great novel…or a blog, like everyone else!
NSV: What do you do when you aren’t working?
CG: Volunteer with my young professionals group or read and watch my favorite movies and television shows on repeat.
NSV: What do you enjoy most about living and working in D.C.?
CG: Having grown up in and around D.C., I am so happy that I discover new things about the area all the time, from people new to D.C. sharing their experience or just by taking a walk!