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
Deborah enjoys a warm day in the courtyard
Deborah enjoys a warm day in the courtyard

Since November 2015, 172 donations have raised $11,000 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. Deborah became homeless in September 2017. At first, she didn’t know of any day programs for women experiencing homelessness and then she heard about Bethany Women’s Center. She explains, “The staff was very helpful in telling me about what they had to offer. The activities that they offer and the classes to take on a daily bases were very good for me. Some of my favorite classes are Power of Positivity, All About me, Artistic Expression, Spiritual Literacy, Where is God in All This, Gaining Gratitude, Arts & Crafts, Puzzles, and Movin & Groovin. Every month there is always something to look forward to. I got clothes, shoes, and a warm coat to get through the winter. I have met a lot of new friends and enjoyed myself. Bethany’s also helped me get my medication back on track and I was able to get my birth certificate, DC ID card, and my Medicare card. All these things were not made available at my residence. In the nine months I’ve been here, I have made a great deal of progress and I am very happy.”

N Street Village and Bethany Women’s Center will be here for Ms. Deborah 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.

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Ms. Jean knows the Village will always be here
Ms. Jean knows the Village will always be here

Since November 2015, 149 donations have raised nearly $10,000 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. Jean first came to N Street Village in the late 1970’s. She came to the Village seeking safe shelter, a positive atmosphere and a place to wash her clothes. She found more than she expected; a strong recovering community that helped her achieve and maintain a clean and sober life. She achieved permanent housing; though she continues to seek affordable housing that better fits her preferences. For now, she is living clean and sober and stably housed.

She recently returned to N Street Village seeking assistance in getting a personal aide. The staff of Bethany Women’s Center at N Street Village is glad Ms. Jean thought to come back to N Street Village for support as her needs change.

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Homeless Not Helpless
Homeless Not Helpless

Since November 2015, 142 donations have raised nearly $10,000 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.

Diane never thought she would experience homelessness. Despite the challenges, she describes the resources that have helped her since coming to Bethany Women’s Center. Bethany staff connected her to health services, enrollment for Medicaid and Social Security benefits, and permanent housing placements. Bethany Women’s Center has also offered her nutritious meals and activities to occupy her time as she waits for services to be available.

Diane describes her current situation as, “a temporary way of life.” We will celebrate with her when she transitions into her permanent home.

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Ruth can breath freely again
Ruth can breath freely again

Since November 2015, 139 donations have raised nearly $10,000 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.

Ruth first came to N Street Village seeking emergency shelter after being turned away from another program. Like many women served by N Street Village, Ruth had spent her life taking care of other people; first her children and then her parents. When her parents past way, the home they had all been living in was sold and she was unable to make ends meet.

She recalls her first day at Bethany Women’s Center. “I only wanted to cry about not having a home. I had never experienced this before. I looked around still skeptical but was met with friendly faces and pleasant affirmations from staff and clients.” Ruth started coming to Bethany’s every day for meals and activities. She says, “After feeling like I had the wind knocked out of me, this program has offered me a breath of fresh air.”

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Paula enjoys the sun in our community courtyard
Paula enjoys the sun in our community courtyard

Paula B. first walked in Bethany Women’s Center out of the summer heat. Her back ached, both her legs hurt, and she had tears in her eyes. She still remembers the time – 3:31 – because another client told her the day center was about to close. At that moment a staff member approached her, offered her a glass a water, and invited her to sit down. She was told to take the evening shuttle to N Street Village’s emergency shelter and come again the next morning for a welcome session. “I’ve never been so terrified in my life,” Ms. Paula says, “but I got on that shuttle with the other women.” When she arrived at the shelter that night, there were five beds available and she was the fifth person in line.

Ms. Paula has become an active participant in Bethany Women’s Center and much appreciated member of our community. In Bethany’s support groups she met other women who listened to her story and told her she was not alone. In classes like yoga and tai chi she continues her journey to physical health, inspired by other women doing the same. She has learned how to ask for help, but at the same time advocate for herself.

Ms. Paula now volunteers as the day services receptionist handing out supplies to clients and taking phone messages. In everything she does, Ms. Paula greets people with a loving smile and a calm and respectful demeanor. She has moved to one of N Street Village’s transitional housing programs. She is looking for a job and her own apartment. Keeping herself positive and driven throughout this process is not easy: “being homeless is a heartbreaking situation that can lead you into despair. It takes everything in me to get up and start the day, make appointments, apply for housing, and deal with the high level of rejection that comes with it.” However, she continues, “if you can come into a place where you know there’s going to be breakfast, lunch, and a lot of laughter … that helps.”

Thank you to the 126 donors who have raised $6,154. You all have provided nearly 5,000 meals to Ms. Paula and the other women who come to Bethany Women’s Center for a meal and a laugh. 

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N Street Village

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States
$16,570 raised of $50,000 goal
 
272 donations
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