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
Cynthia
Cynthia

Since November 2015, 230 donors have raised over $71,596 to support 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. Cynthia traveled a long difficult road before arriving at N Street Village. 

Cynthia grew up in Arlington, just across the river from where she is today. As one of 14 children being raised by a single mother addicted to alcohol, Cynthia often had to be a care giver to her siblings. Cynthia's step-father was abusive and she fell out of a window trying to leave to get help leaving her in a full body cast. 

Cynthia faced additional obstacles in her life including becoming a young mom and breast cancer. During her physical health ordeals, she became addicted to pain medication which led to an addition to heroin. Over two years, her life spiraled, she lost her job and lost her daughters. 

"I was sick and tired and I didn't want my family to see me like this anymore." 

Cynthia entered a 90 day treatment program and then N Street Village's Holistic Housing program in 2019. She lived at the Village for two years before gaining employment and moving into her own place in 2021. Her proudest achievement is reconnecting with her two daughters, who she loves more than anything.

“I’m getting a second chance at life where I can give back to the community and tell my
story to help others in the same way that I needed help several years ago.”

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Deidre
Deidre

Thanks to the dedication, encouragement, and continued support from GlobalGiving Donors, we have humbly and gratefully raised $71,496 for homeless and low-income women living in Washington, DC.

We are so grateful to see these numbers continue to rise, because that means that together, we are bringing more women closer to safety, dignity, and self-respect. Without the support of extremely generous donors like you, we would not be able to share another remarkable story of another young woman’s life that was completely changed. Meet Deidre..

“Making the decision to come to the village changed my life. I gained so much more than I could have imagined by coming here.”—Deidre 

For as long as Deidre can remember, alcohol has been in her life. Even as a baby, her family would put beer in her bottle to keep her quiet. As an adult, she went to college, got married, and had three children. Alcohol remained a part of her life but Deidre was able to maintain an appearance of control for years.

That all changed when Deidre lost both her husband and son to gun violence within one week of each other. Just a few months later, she was the victim of a drive-by shooting and became paralyzed from the waist down. At that point, her life began to spiral, and alcohol became all consuming. For two years, Deidre sank into a deep depression while mourning the loss of her family and struggling with paralysis.

But one day, she decided she wasn’t going to give up. She wanted to walk again. With determination and faith, she regained strength in her legs and is now able to walk with leg braces. Despite this achievement, she continued to drink.

Eventually, Deidre made the brave decision to enter a rehab program, where she stayed for 58 days. While there, she learned about the N Street Village Holistic Housing program, to which she transitioned in 2019. 

For 13 months, Diedre stayed in Holistic Housing while she worked towards her recovery and housing goals. As someone that loves to help others, Deidre emersed herself in the Village community, assisting fellow residents in any way she could. In November 2020, Deidre moved into permanent supportive housing as the very first resident of Diane’s House, one of the Village’s newest locations.

She just celebrated two years of sobriety and looks forward to many more. Deidre has reconnected with her two daughters, who are extremely supportive of her sobriety. As someone that has always valued paying it forward, she now volunteers her time as a Sister’s Keeper at Diane’s House, helping new residents settle in and access the resources they need. Grateful that she is not the same person she was when she arrived at N Street Village, Deidre is excited to focus on this new chapter of her life

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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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N Street Village

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States
$18,566 raised of $50,000 goal
 
300 donations
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