Volunteer Spotlight: Dag Gogue

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Dag Gogue.  Dag began volunteering in our community one year ago.  Dag regularly picks up bread from Whole Foods on P Street and delivers the donation to our kitchen and he also volunteers at Luther Place Night Shelter, serving dinner and providing overnight supervision.

I was born in Togo and moved to the U.S. to attend university. I attended Morehouse College, studying Applied Mathematics, and Georgia Tech, studying Electrical Engineering. I began volunteering as a teenager. Some of my experiences include tutoring youth from a disadvantaged neighborhood in Atlanta and tutoring refugee children and women from Eastern Africa and Eastern Europe. Today, I am a self-employed software engineer and a certified personal trainer. I love reading, traveling, swimming, and running. I’ve been married for a year and my wife and I are expecting our first child in 2012.

  • What is your favorite thing about living in D.C.? I love the multicultural aspect of the region.
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me …. At home reading.
  • Book last read….100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Most played song on iPod…Twice Inna Lifetime by Black Star
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? Meeting and interacting with N Street Village’s great staff and residents.
  • Why is it important to support N Street Village?  I believe women are the cornerstone of the family and community. By helping women in need get back on their feet N Street Village is having a profound effect on families and communities. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to participate in whatever way I can.

About nstreetvillage

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.
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2 Responses to Volunteer Spotlight: Dag Gogue

  1. Michelle Johnson says:

    It is amazing that someone such as Dag is willing to invest time in helping other less fortunate than himself when he doesn’t have to. I am a new member of N St village and have recently become homeless due to the fact that I am a full time student studying respiratory therapy and unable to work a full time job at the same time because of my demanding school schedule and the fact that I attend clinicals rotations twice a week. Because of my limited income I can’t pay much rent, so the family that I do have in the area doesn’t want me to live with them because I can’t contribute that much and the friend that I have been staying with has become very Intolerable as far as a negative attitude and no understanding when it comes to the amount of time that I have to put in to study. I’m not on drugs but I do suffer from depression and I just want a chance to make it through this last year of school, because I have come so far. I think N Street Village is a wonderful place and I hope I can get the assistance I need to accomplish my goals. Please keep me in your prayers……..my name is Michelle Johnson and I attend The University of the District of Columbia majoring in Respiratory Therapy.

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