I hope one day to repay all the love I'm receiving
By Ann McCreedy - Grants Manager
Bethany Women's Center Client Corrine
Since November, 2015 thirty-four donors have contributed over $1,795 and purchased over 1,200 meals for homeless and low-income women and families 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. Corrine came to N Street Village after losing her husband. More than meals, she needed love and support to grieve.
“Everyone at N Street Village speaks the same language- love. The programs in Bethany Day Center and the Wellness Center are helping me cope with the death of my husband and find myself again. I hope one day to repay all the love I’m receiving from the Village community.”
Corrine’s story illustrates the power of community. Many people like Corrine come to N Street Village first for meals but stay for the safe, comfortable and supportive home.
Since November, 2015 thirty-one donors have contributed over $1,700 and purchased over 1,100 meals for homeless and low-income women and families in Washington, DC. Thank you for your support.
The end of the year brought a season of celebration and transition. Over 150 women came together for Christmas lunch. Women sat at tables set with white table cloths and were served by wait-staff who ensured everyone relaxed and had enough to eat.
It's also been a season of transition as we've said good-bye to members of our community have passed away. We'd like to share the story of one woman particularly. Connie was a deeply passionate woman who believed her voice, raised in protest, could make our world a more just place. She created a vigil outside the White House in 1981 and maintained a constant vigil for over 30 years. About six months ago, at 80 years old, she agreed to move inside and became a permanent resident of N Street Village. She shared meals in our community center and recieved medical care on-site until she passed away at home on January 25, 2016.
Connie's story illustrates the power of community. Many people like Connie come to N Street Village first for meals but stay for the safe, comfortable and supportive home.