May 7, 2009

Helping Other People Help People: N Street Village

This week we have the pleasure of introducing N Street Village, an amazing organization by Logan Circle. They provide a variety of services to homeless women in DC- including food, clothing, showers, and mental and physical health care.

N ST also provides supportive housing, which is critical for helping women attain self sufficiency. John Eskate, Community Outreach Coordinator and Lutheran Volunteer Corps member, let us know about a critical need for one twin sized metal bed frame. He explains that they have lost some of their frames to bed bugs earlier this year.

They are also on a search for a new love seat or sofa for a resident of the Transitional Housing program.

Plus! There is one other way you can, um, support the women of N St. Village. John explains:

We recently came into possession of many large sized bras (42 D & DD) thanks to the participants of the Great Urban Race, but we need bras in the 38 B to C cup range now. Our clients are able to receive one bra a month, which adds up to about 60 bras a month, but that's often because we don't have enough bras and some will hold off some months.

John, and the women of N ST. Village, would be very appreciative if you could hold a bra drive at your church or workplace. (Likewise, for sanitary pads. There is a perpetual need, and it seems they are currently running particularly low.)

Homelessness forces women to suffer too many kinds of indignities. We encourage you to help the N St Village help women travel down the road to health and empowerment. Please e-mail John or give him a call at 202-939-2075 if you want to help.

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