Volunteer Spotlight: Yesenia Nunez-Santos

Yesenia2This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Yesenia Nunez-Santos. Yesenia became a volunteer in October 2013. Since her arrival, Yesenia has been serving breakfast and lunch in the day center and volunteers with our Job Keepers Club and community dinners. She has a passion for salsa dancing, running, and travel. Let’s get know Yesenia…

I am 33 years old and live in Woodbridge VA. I grew up in a low-income family among very strong women who believed that everything was possible with hard work and sacrifice. I believe in women’s “super powers” and the balance women bring into our society. I discovered N street Village and felt inspired by its vision and wonderful programs; joined the volunteering community in Oct 2013. Presently, I work at Exelis Inc. as a Program Manager. I have a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University (2011), and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus (2002).

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? Born and raised in Puerto Rico. I have been in the DC area since June 2005.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Charlie Palmers.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…Extracurricular event with friends, or preparing for a running race the next morning.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? Marc Anthony.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? I have three, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Georgetown.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Will, Hope, Family.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? The positive vibes when you enter the door and the energy from the staff and clients.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? It’s vision to help but also empower women.


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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