Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC

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Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Support Nearly 2,000 Homeless Women in DC
Carrie
Carrie

Since November 2015, GlobalGiving donors have raised $16,520.50 for this project and $71,320.50 overall for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. 

We are so grateful for the continued support from generous donors like you that strengthen the Village.  It is only though an amazing community of supporters that women like Carrie, whose story is included below, are able to find safety and a broad spectrum of services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

My mother was my rock and without her, I felt lost and alone.

In 2017 I lost my mother -- which led to a combination of depression, alcohol abuse, and the loss of my job as an administrative assistant.

In 2019, still struggling with unemployment and alcohol use, I got evicted from my apartment and experienced homelessness for the first time. After hearing about N Street Village’s Patricia Handy Place for Women emergency shelter, I walked in the door seeking help and belonging.

After a few months in the shelter I left, unfortunately entering a dangerous relationship that led to my becoming a victim of domestic violence. Once I was able to get away, I came back to the safest place I knew -- N Street Village.  

I was in a better headspace and understood the importance of advocating for myself.

Upon returning, I was determined to focus on myself again and work towards new goals: finding employment, housing, and eventually going back to school. Staff helped me apply for housing and gain employment as a research assistant here in DC.

Today, I’m feeling confident about myself and the things I hope to accomplish.

I am grateful for a place to lay my head. I feel seen at the Village and know what I want in life for the first time.

I am thankful for the Village community and your commitment to providing a safe and dignified place for women like me to seek care and services needed to claim my highest quality of life.

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Courtney
Courtney

Since November 2015, over 200 donors have raised over $70,000 for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. 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. Courtney asked to share her story with you in her own words.

 

Courtney grew up in an upper middle class, suburban family, but from an early age she felt different – “I didn’t know exactly what I was.” Born Calvin, she felt most comfortable with female friends and enjoyed being “girly.” Like most kids, she just wanted to be herself — unfortunately her parents would not accept her as a girl.

 

She struggled to survive living her “double life.” She started using drugs and alcohol to cope, but wasn’t concerned because “partying was what young people did.” Years of partying led to losing her job, her home, and slipping into a deep depression. She felt hopeless and was in and out of the hospital.

 

Homeless, desperate and alone, she attempted suicide. “I couldn’t see any light.” A judge ordered her to a 30-day psychiatric program; she stayed two months. Finally feeling more stable, she was reluctant to leave. Her case manager recommended N Street Village.

 

“The minute I walked in, I felt relieved.”

 

She moved into one of the Village’s transitional housing program where residents focus on gaining stability and access to income and housing resources. She began attending recovery meetings and other activities – the support from the N Street Village community helped her regain her confidence.

 

“N Street Village was a big change, but the right one. I felt so welcome here – just as I am.”

 

Today Courtney is maintaining her stability and sobriety, looking for employment as well as rebuilding her relationship with her family. She enjoys giving back to her community and N Street Village family. Courtney dreams of one day going to college to pursue a degree in fashion.

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Since November 2015, GlobalGiving donors have raised $14,489 for this project and $69,289 overall for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC.  It is only though the generous contributions of donors like you that Bonita was able to find the support she needed after struggling for many years. Bonita came to the village three years ago, feeling lost and afraid.   

Bonita had to grow up quickly. Her mother had her at 16, and she was raised mostly by her grandparents. Her father was in and out of prison during much of her childhood and was murdered when Bonita was just 12 years old.

By 18, Bonita was married. However, her husband was an addict and drugs quickly became their way of life. Early in their marriage, her husband was sentenced to prison and spent much of their 20-year relationship behind bars. Bonita became pregnant at 21 and moved in with her husband’s family. During this time, Bonita turned to drugs.

While in her 30’s, Bonita found the strength to get clean and take responsibility for her own life. She stayed sober for 20 years, focusing her attention on raising her daughter.

While Bonita faced challenges throughout her life, the one that hurt the most occurred three years ago. Upon invitation, Bonita moved to South Carolina to live with her daughter. Very quickly, things began to unravel. Her daughter took financial advantage of her and was verbally abusive. Feeling unwanted, Bonita packed her bags and returned to DC after just three months.

Devastated that her daughter had abused their relationship, Bonita began to feel the weight of depression. Back in D.C., she stayed with friends, feeling lost and afraid for what her future might hold. This led to a short relapse, but Bonita knew that was not the solution. She began looking for help and was introduced to N Street Village.

After three years with the Village, Bonita has gained control of her mental and physical health, acquired the financial help she needed, and found employment through the Village’s MARJ & MAK Vocational Center. She was able to move into permanent supportive housing in 2020, graduated from the Together We Bake training program, and is now employed at Friendship Place, helping individuals experiencing

Proud of her accomplishments over the past three years, Bonita is ready for her next chapter. Her goal is to own her own home again and continue to work, helping others in situations similar to hers of just a few years ago.

“It’s not about what you’ve done in the past, but what you are doing with your time now.  Anything worth having is worth working for.”

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Since November 2015, GlobalGiving donors have raised over $14,129 for this project and $68,928.66 overall for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC.  Your support is appreciated and provides critical support for women such as Belinda who came to the Village five years ago.

 

“N Street Village is the best thing that’s happened to me. It’s given me the chance to start over.”

 

From a young age, Belinda witnessed the devastating effects of addiction. Because her mother suffered from alcoholism, Belinda lived with her father until he passed away when she was just 13. While grieving the loss of her father, she moved back in with her mother and an abusive stepfather. She used any opportunity to avoid being at home, which led her down a difficult path.

 

When Belinda became pregnant at 16 with her first child, her mother kicked her out. Belinda struggled over the years to provide for her growing family, which now included three more children. Troubled by her circumstances, she turned to drugs. Around the same time, Belinda’s mother got sober and was able to take custody of Belinda’s children.

 

In 2000, Belinda tried to get clean and gain control of her life, but she lived with a boyfriend who was violently abusive and an addict himself. Attempting to save her own life one night, she stabbed her boyfriend, resulting in a five-year sentence in prison. While in prison, she finally got the help she needed.

 

When she was released, she was clean and focused on her own mental health. She moved into her own place and eventually regained custody of her children. Things were good for a while, but after a few years she started using again.

 

Five years ago, Belinda once again found the determination to get clean after moving into the Village’s Patricia Handy Place for Women to escape another abusive relationship. Soon after, she was able to move into Miriam’s House, a Village program for women living with HIV/Aids.

 

Belinda works hard each day to prioritize her mental and physical health. She has been able to reconnect with her children along with her grandchildren.

 

Because of her strength and determination, Belinda once again looks forward to a bright future. Thanks to a referral from the Village’s MARJ & MAK Vocational Program, Belinda recently completed a workforce training program at Together We Bake. Her dreams are to find employment and eventually own a home, where she can be surrounded by family.

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Iva
Iva

Since November, 2015, 210 GlobalGiving donors have raised over $13,615 for this project and $69,157 overall for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC.  Your support is appreciated, now more than ever.

 

For many of us, the pandemic has had devasting consequences. Homeless and low-income women are particularly vulnerable. Women like Iva can rely on the Village only through your support.  

 

Before Iva came to N Street Village, she was homeless for a decade, battling depression that started with the death of her mother.

 

"When I walked through the doors of the Village a year ago, I knew I had found a family that was ready to welcome me with open arms and connect me with the resources I needed.”

 

With the help of the staff at Patricia Handy Place for Women emergency shelter, she found employment and was able to move into Permanent Supportive Housing.

 

"That was the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

 

“I had a home, I had a job, and I had a family again. For six months everything felt like it was falling into place. When the pandemic reached DC, I was not prepared. Like many people, I lost my job and was afraid of losing everything else I had worked towards."

 

However, the Village was there in her time of need and gave her strength.

 

“Knowing I had the strength and support of the Village behind me, I refused to lose hope. I had battled loss before but this time I had the support I needed to keep going.”

 

“I have now been reemployed and I am so excited to be back at work. While this year has not been easy, it showed me that I have a family at N Street Village and one that believes in me.”

 

“N Street Village gave me the resources and tools to reclaim my life. I am so grateful for that and I know it would not have been possible without you – the Village community of volunteers, donors, and supporters.”

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N Street Village

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States
$16,670 raised of $50,000 goal
 
274 donations
$33,330 to go
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