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
Diane is halfway back to where she wants to be.
Diane is halfway back to where she wants to be.

Ms. Diane first came to the Village in spring 2016. She remembers coming to her first welcome session in Bethany Women’s Center. She began participating in Bethany’s activities and regularly attended the peer support group ‘Day By Day,’ the trivia class ‘Mystery Solvers,’ and the Weight Watchers group ’50,50,50.’ Ms. Diane was a dynamic presence in these groups who often brought thoughtful and funny commentary. More than just filling her time, she says that these activities, “gave me the opportunity to be around other people and kept my mind off other things so I wouldn’t go into a depression.” Soon after becoming a participant in day programming, Ms. Diane moved from living at the DC General Shelter to N Street’s new low-barrier shelter in Chinatown, Patricia Handy Place for Women.

Ms. Diane recently celebrated moving into her own apartment and having her disability benefits approved. Having a place of her own again means, “peace, quiet, being able to set my own schedule and choose what I want to do. I’m not fully back to my own lifestyle but I’m halfway there.” She is still in the process of setting up her apartment and turning it into a home. At the top of her list is a fully-stocked kitchen where she can exercise her love of cooking and invite her grandkids over for meals. Reflecting on her journey as a member of N Street Village, Ms. Diane emphasizes the importance of being together with other women, figuring out what your goals are, and “getting out there to do the footwork.”

So far this year, we have served over 20,000 meals in Bethany Women’s Center. We never turn away someone in need. We are grateful to the seventy-three donors who have purchased over 3,300 of those meals.

Every dollar helps! As the weather turns colder, we will begin serving more women through the winter. We are open every day regardless of weather closures to serve every woman who walks through the door.

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Michelle is determined to reach her goals.
Michelle is determined to reach her goals.

Michelle has been coming to Bethany Women’s Center on and off for two years. She has a smile and an incredibly resilient spirit that help her keep moving forward. She first came to N Street Village in 2015 when she experienced homelessness the first time. She was placed in housing through the District of Columbia’s Coordinated Entry system but due to difficult circumstances, she was unable to maintain that housing placement. When she became homeless again, she knew where she could come for help. Even within the difficult reality of needing to come back to N Street Village for services, she is glad to have a safe place where she was welcomed back. She is thriving again and attending the Goodwill Excel Center, an adult Charter High School. She will soon earn her high school diploma. She is determined and looking toward a better future.


Michelle is one of the nearly 1,500 women who have come to Bethany Women’s Center for meals, other supportive services and community. Last year we served over 65,000 meals – never turning away someone in need. We are grateful to the fifty-nine donors who have purchased nearly 2,000 of those meals.


Every dollar helps! As the weather turns colder, we will begin serving more women through the winter. We are open every day regardless of weather closures to serve every woman who walks through the door.

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Deborah volunteers in the kitchen
Deborah volunteers in the kitchen

Since November, 2015 forty-nine donors have contributed over $2,485 and purchased nearly 1,700 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. Deborah came to N Street Village after experiencing homelessness a few times over a several year period. She stayed with family on and off but needed a stable place to be while she focused on her goals.

“Today, I love myself again thanks to N Street Village. The community here helps me to maintain my sobriety and I am working on my education goals, a big step since I dropped out of school in the 7th grade. With the continued support, I know one day I will reach my dream and finish school. This is my community.”

Deborah volunteers in the N Street Village community by helping do dishes after meals in the outreach center. She says, “I love to volunteer here and it feels great to give back to the community.”

Deborah’s story illustrates the power of community. Many people like Deborah come to N Street Village first for meals but stay for the safe, comfortable and supportive home.

Deborah is confident she'll reach her goals
Deborah is confident she'll reach her goals
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Bethany Women's Center Client Corrine
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.

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Connie maintaining her vigil
Connie maintaining her vigil

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.

The power of one voice
The power of one voice

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States
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