Apr 1, 2019

My New Beginning

Alumnus Carlita reaches back; helps the next woman
Alumnus Carlita reaches back; helps the next woman

"As I entered the doors of N Street Village 12 years ago that was the beginning of my journey. My goals that I wanted to accomplish were to regain my independence and to reside in my own apartment. My goals were accomplished and met. And as the years go by, I accomplish even more.

I started volunteering in 2008 in the In-Kind-Donation Office.  I also manage the clothing closet to make sure the ladies have their clothing and accessory needs meet in every aspect. During the week I facilitate two classes, on Tuesday (All About Me) and Thursday (Day by Day). We discuss the ladies’ goals, accomplishments, and any topic they feel comfortable with. Every other Sunday I manage the receptionist desk in the lobby.

Being here at N Street Village gives me the pleasure to interact with every woman that comes through the doors. I tell every woman that enters N Street Village to give yourself a chance."

- Carlita

 

Since November 2015, 157 donors have raised over $11,200 and purchased nearly as many meals for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. Thank you for your support.

Ms. Carlita, N Street Village and Bethany Women’s Center will be here for every woman experiencing homelessness in DC who comes through our doors looking for a meal, support getting back on their feet and something to look forward to.

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Jan 31, 2019

Tears of Joy

Overcoming one obsticle at a time
Overcoming one obsticle at a time

Since November 2015, 157 donors have raised over $11,200 and purchased nearly as many meals for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. Thank you for your support.

People experience homelessness for all sorts of reasons; lack of affordable housing, medical emergencies, job loss, mental health concerns or the death of a loved one.

Ms. Sharon never expected to come from work and see all of her belongings piled up alongside the street. Ms. Sharon and her sisters didn’t realize that their father hadn’t kept up with the property taxes on their home and after he died in 2009, their home was lost. Losing their family home wasn’t the first challenge Ms. Sharon had overcome. She was a childhood trauma survivor and lived with chronic pain due to a significant car accident in 2000.

Able to make ends meet for a while, Ms. Sharon became homeless in 2015. In 2016, she was referred to N Street Village and to Bethany Women’s Center. One day in December 2017, Ms. Sharon saw some of the staff in PHPW crying. They were tears of joy because Sharon had been accepted into N Street Village’s permanent supportive housing program.

N Street Village and Bethany Women’s Center will be here for Ms. Sharon and every woman experiencing homelessness in DC who comes through our doors looking for a meal, support getting back on their feet and something to look forward to.

Nov 5, 2018

The love began

Sonja is ready for her next chapter
Sonja is ready for her next chapter

Sonja’s journey to Bethany Women’s Center started when she was in a physical rehabilitation facility back in the Spring of 2018.

 

“I had a roommate that I bonded with and she spoke very highly about this place where she lived called N Street Village. She shared the ins and outs of the program. I later found myself at a loss, simply homeless after my stent at the rehab facility had ended. I showed up, did the intake, understood the operation and……. The love began.

I would come and actively participate in the groups, classes and activities. I made friends and gained a lot of inspiration. As I became more comfortable with the ladies and Bethany Women Center staff, I opened up about my housing situation and expressed how desperate I was for housing.

Within days word got around and folks were encouraging me to stay strong and be patient. Bethany staff was even clueing me in on the options available through N Street Village. Well, effective Friday, October 26th I received my keys to a place of my own.”

 

Over 174 donors have contributed over $11,000 to support the important work of Bethany Women’s Center. With your contribution, we will continue to be here 365 days a year for women like Sonja who need a safe and loving place to be on their journey back to stability.

 
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