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7/15/2013

N Street Village and DIY Network Unveil Renovated Shelter Kitchen

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N Street Village and DIY Network Unveil Renovated Shelter Kitchen

Celebrity Designer Alison Victoria Conducts Workshop at Homeless Services Organization
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  --January 30, 2013 – N Street Village today unveiled a full kitchen renovation project provided by DIY Network at Luther Place Night Shelter, a transitional housing facility in Northwest Washington, DC for 31 women experiencing homelessness. The new facility was laid out by celebrity designer Alison Victoria, host of DIY’s Kitchen Crashers, to provide a modern and efficient kitchen to serve some of the district’s most vulnerable women.
 
The outdated and heavily used kitchen at Luther Place Night Shelter had not been updated in 20 years, according to Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director of N Street Village, which operates the night shelter across the street from its main facility. The renovation, funded by DIY Network’s parent company, Scripps Networks Interactive, includes new appliances, storage space and a more efficient layout, with the kitchen to be completed by the end of the week.
 
“This will make an incredible difference to the shelter’s ability to support and care for our residents, significantly improving the quality of life for women who are experiencing homelessness and working to rebuild their lives,” Stribling said.
 
Alison Victoria, who has done dozens of kitchens on the DIY Network and HGTV, has been on site working with local contractor SCK for three days.
 
“The most rewarding work I do is not in front of the camera but at places like N Street Village where transforming a kitchen truly can change lives,” Victoria said. “I am proud to present these women with a modern kitchen where they not only can make nutritious meals but also develop cooking skills and healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The work N Street Village does is critical to the D.C. community, and Scripps Networks’ generosity will only enhance the vital services the Village provides.”
 
Following the unveiling, Victoria conducted a workshop on “Creating an Empowering Space” to share with the women at N Street Village ways to enhance their productivity, perspective and overall quality of life by making small and affordable improvements to their living space.
 
About N Street Village
Founded in 1972 by members of Luther Place Memorial Church, N Street Village helps women achieve personal stability and make life-changing gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery. N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim her highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The organization also provides affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. For more about N Street Village, please visit http://www.nstreetvillage.org.
 
About DIY Network
Owned and operated by the leader in lifestyle media, Scripps Networks Interactive, DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement projects. DIY Network’s programs and experts help viewers add value and get the most out of their homes. DIY and Scripps Networks Interactive are committed to empowering consumers beyond media by building strong communities and making a positive difference through meaningful cause marketing partnerships.
 
Photos and video is available upon request.
Contact:  Adam Blickstein at ablickstein@gpgdc.com

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