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

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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Confident Catrina!
Confident Catrina!

Since November 2015, 178 donors have raised over $67,800 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. Homeless in 2019, Catrina came to N Street Village through the Patricia Handy Place for Women - a shelter with 214 emergency and temporary therapeutic beds.

 

She had experienced "off and on homelessness, for over 10 years." She first became homless after "using became the only priority.” Catrina speaks of overcoming many challenges, including a debilitating injury in adolescence, substance use and related barriers, and the sudden loss of her son.

 

Despite her struggles, Catrina says that her challenges gave her the push to get the help that she needed.  Catrina later transitioned to Permanent Supportive Housing at Phyllis Wheatley (YWCA). Now, she maintains through, in her words, “prayer” and “The 12 Steps.” She says that being at N Street Village has helped her “rebuild relationships” with her children and has helped her “live independently.”

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Sharon Baker
Sharon Baker

Since November 2015, 176 donors have raised over $12,900 and purchased nearly as many meals for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. In December 2019, we celebrated our largest single donation through GlobalGiving - $500! 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. Village resident and 2020 Annual Gala and Auction honoree, Sharon came to the Village looking for the support she needed to navigate buried mental health challenges.

Leaving an unhealthy marriage behind, Sharon suddenly found herself alone and struggling. Upon finding N Street Village, she was quickly surrounded by an incredible network of people dedicated to providing structure and stability back in her life.

Through programs like the MARJ & MAK Vocational Center, which helped her find employment, Sharon has been able to prioritize herself for the first time in a long time and is confident she is on the right path.

Today, she lives in Permanent Supportive Housing in our flagship location and has a job through UPIC Health. Since the gala, she received a promotion at work and is now working full-time from the safety of home.

"Despite everything, I feel a sense of stability. With the support of N Street Village, I recently got a promotion at work and have been fortunate enough to work remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Sharon is featured in our 2020 Gala video.  

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Thank you for your support in unprecedented times.
Thank you for your support in unprecedented times.

"Our Village has been open every day for 48 years for any and all women in need. We’ve been there through every day of every storm. And tomorrow will be no different." N Street Village's Chief Executive Officer recently closed an email to staff with this sentiment. 

In every day since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Bethany Women's Center has been open to meet the needs of women experiencing homelessness. We've made some necessary adjustments, including suspending volunteer engagement and offering nonperishable sack lunches instead of the regular hot lunches. However, essential services are still being delivered.

During this time we have been bouyed by the thoughts and prayers of hundreds, maybe thousands more who are the donors, partners and other stakeholders of N Street Village. The notes of support have been pouring in this past week. Encouragements included: 
• I am rooting for all the ladies.
• We look forward to getting back to our regular volunteer shifts at Patricia Handy but know that in the meantime the women and staff are in our prayers.
• You are true soldiers on this uncertain battle. Thank you!
• Thanks to NSV and all the amazing staff that continue to work hard in these difficult times. You are truly on the front lines and your commitment is inspiring.
• We are truly grateful for you and your staff’s dedicated service in these most trying times serving those who are most vulnerable in our society.
• This is a unique challenge in the 48 year history of NSV and we are truly blessed to have all of you at this time.

 

Please consider making a contribution to support the critical work of Bethany Women's Center to meet the needs of our communities most vulnerable.members. Our per meal food costs are slightly higher right now due to providing packaged, non-perishable options. 

 

Thank you for your support in thoughts or financial contribution. 

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N Street Village

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States
$14,289 raised of $50,000 goal
 
226 donations
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