Dinner, Holiday Style: Breaking Bread with N Street Village

By: Jessi Wooldridge, N Street Village Committee member

Group photo with Santa at the end of the party. 

The Junior League of Washington’s (JLW) N Street Village Committee hosted an annual holiday party for the women of the N Street Village shelter on Sunday, December 11. Each committee member brought a holiday dish or craft item for about 40 women and their families, and the dining area was beautifully decorated to bring the spirit of the holidays close to heart for everyone. 

The holiday celebration, like each Sunday evening meal, started with a prayer led by one of the N Street Village participants, followed by JLW members serving up a healthy, holiday feast complete with fun favorites like mini chicken and waffles, meatballs, and a little something sweet – cookies!
Throughout dinner, attendees made festive reindeer decorations and enjoyed each other’s company. As a surprise, special guest Santa joined in the fun! A gracious volunteer played the role of a very tall and lean Santa bringing the holiday cheer to all of the women and their families.

N Street Committee members putting together reindeer ornaments,

We wrapped up the evening by gifting each woman with a small basket of health and beauty products, books, and more. The children also had the chance to select books provided by JLW’s Resolution Read initiative to take home and devour during their holiday breaks.

Gift bags set up for the women of N Street and books for children.

JLW is grateful for the partnership with N Street Village, an organization that offers support services for homeless and low-income women. Many of the N Street Village participants face challenges including homelessness, poverty, and mental illness, so with the support of N Street Village, these women receive resources and support for healing and recovery. In addition to hosting special events like this holiday party, members of JLW’s N Street Village Committee prepare and serve dinner to the women on Sundays twice per month.