Inside N Street Village’s 9th Annual Empowerment Luncheon

Ty Hreben, Ace Werner,Jacqueline Michel, Peter Shields, Wes Combs, Monica Scott
Ty Hreben, Ace Werner, Jacqueline Michel, Peter Shields, Wes Combs, Monica Scott

N Street Village has been around for 40 years, but wants to continue being around longer for women who need their assistance in getting back up on their feet.

Mayor Bowser
Mayor Bowser

Late last week, N Street held its ninth annual luncheon at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to raise funds for its essential programs.   DC mayor Muriel Bowser served as luncheon keynote, speaking about homelessness in the District, and how she wants to do more than speak words about ending the issue.  (She included homelessness in her 2016 budget and has suggested plans to end homelessness by 2020.)

Keith Harley, Natisha Dawson, Allen Bartee
Keith Harley, Natisha Dawson, Allen Bartee

Hearing from Tony-Award winner Jennifer Holliday and the N Street Village & Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise were also highlights of the event.

Holliday and AOP
Jennifer Holiday and the N Street Village & Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise

The non-profit, the largest provider of women-only services for DC’s homeless population, serves over 60% of the city’s adult female homeless population. Goals for this ninth annual luncheon event not only included raising funds to provide services and support for the women who come to their door in the future, but also to celebrate the women who seek out the organization’s help.

Debbi Jarvis and Jennifer Holliday
Debbie Jarvis and Jennifer Holliday

Gisele Clark is one of those women, and she took the opportunity at the event to share how N Street Village helped her become the woman she is today with the luncheon’s 300+ guests who ended up raising more than $120,000 for the community.

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