N Street Village
N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Founded by Luther Place in 1972, this ministry has grown from offering sleeping mats on the floors of the Parish Hall during cold weather to providing temporary and permanent housing, along with comprehensive services, in the beautiful building across N Street from the Church. One program, the Luther Place Night Shelter, is located on the fourth floor of the Parish Hall and offers temporary shelter for homeless women.
In October 2011, N Street Village expanded its reach to a second program site by incorporating Miriam’s House, a residential community for homeless women living with HIV and AIDS in Northwest D.C. Women experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for contracting HIV, and with this acquisition, N Street Village made a commitment to growing its HIV/AIDS services for women.
N Street Village has a variety of ways to engage and volunteer with the community. Luther Place also regularly provides dinner for the Luther Place Night Shelter on the first Thursday of every month.
Luther Place Church continues to engage in ministry with the N Street Village & Luther Place community. Many of the women who are part of N Street Village’s community worship with Luther Place and are integral members. There are many opportunities for mutual transformation for community members who are experiencing poverty and homelessness and those who have plenty and a home. There are also opportunities to take action and learn about poverty and homelessness in the district through our community organizing in partnership with the Washington Interfaith Network and engaging regular service and learning opportunities through the Steinbruck Center.