N Street Village

Photo by Courtesy of N Street Village
Debra Lee and Audra Day
Debra Lee and Audra Day

Written by Guest Contributor Stuart Allen 

 

A spring snow storm didn’t stop this crowd! N Street Village welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, March 14th. It was a record-breaking Gala, raising well over $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Last year was the first $1M gala for N Street Village.

 

Two-time Grammy nominee, Andra Day served as special musical guest singing “Rise Up” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise. Before singing, she told the moved crowed “My prayer for this song that it is healing and inspiring. I see music in its purest form as healing, and the women at N Street Village are examples of the power of healing.”

 

“Tonight we are here to make our unity visible and to lift up what connects us. This is our ‘compassion economy’ and we see this currency at work every day in the halls of N Street Village,” said N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling who welcomed the record-breaking crowd. N Street Village opened two new locations– The Patricia Handy Place for Women and services at the newly renovated Phyllis Wheatly YWCA. The Village now provides safe and dignified housing for 500 individuals, and support services for 2000 each year. Stribling reminded us that “We are all more alike than we are different.”