This month, meet N Street Village Accountant A.J. Bennett. For the last year-and-a-half, A.J. has been a key member of the Operations Department. When he’s not “managing the books,” you can often find A.J. sharing his gardening expertise with staff, volunteers, and clients in N Street Village’s courtyard garden. A.J. recently shared with us more about himself and his experience at N Street Village.
NSV: Tell us a little about yourself.
AB: I am from an Air Force family that has roots in upstate New York and Ohio. We ended up in Virginia, where later I decided to go to James Madison University. I am a member of the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and volunteer with Grow and Share.
NSV: What brought you to N Street Village?
AB: An opportunity to serve as the accountant for a growing and dynamic organization with a practical approach to empowering women, many of whom face multiple challenges. Being able to help grow and maintain The Village courtyard garden was an added bonus!
NSV: What was your first impression of N Street Village?
AB: N Street Village is a loving environment, which establishes trust with the clients and residents to ensure a successful outcome. I also took notice right away of all the pretty decorations throughout the building that create the feeling of home and community.
NSV: What do you find most challenging about working at N Street Village?
AB: Going home at the end of the day when there is so much more to be done and then walking by women who use our services who may be sleeping on the street that evening.
NSV: What is it that N Street Village is doing to impact the issue of women who are homeless or very low-income?
AB: We provide a foundation of growth in a village setting allowing women to define their life path. We are able to do this through a variety of diverse classes, housing options, and ongoing community support. All our programs work together to provide a trusting environment for each woman to achieve her highest level of self-sufficiency. I would encourage anyone who wants to see our Village in action to come in for a tour.
NSV: What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to N Street Village?
AB: Please consider giving to an organization that is aware of where every dollar is spent and has the ability to make the donation effectively work to empower women.
NSV: If you weren’t working at N Street Village, what would you be doing instead?
AB: Looking for another organization that is tackling human rights with a constructive solution that has positive outcomes.
NSV: What do you do when you aren’t working?
AB: Cook, work in veggie gardens, hike with Nelson (greatest dog ever), and attend live music shows.
NSV: What do you enjoy most about living and working in D.C.?
AB: The ability to see various performances coming through the DMV, and going somewhere nice to eat before and after the show.