Our Partner: Thrive DC

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This season, TCS is thrilled to announce its partnership with Thrive DC, a valued local organization that works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Founded in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, Thrive DC has since grown to serve morning meals regularly in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, created a job training program, and introduced case management and educational programming to best serve their clients. Please help support this fantastic organization by buying your season tickets today!

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Thrive DC’s Mission and Services

Thrive DC’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. These include:

  • Emergency services such as twice daily meals, free showers and laundry facilities, a mailing address and telephone, computer and Internet access, personal care supplies, transportation assistance to medical appointments and emergency clothing and blankets
  • Real Opportunity employment training program, job preparedness skills building and computer workshops
  • Referrals to needed services available both on‐site and off‐site
  • Peer support and therapeutic groups as well as educational presentations on physical and mental health
  • Individual case management and support designed to help clients to accomplish goals like finding medical care, jobs, and housing, utility and rental assistance.
  • Emergency Pantry Program available to individuals who are in need of supplemental food resources.

Population Served

Thrive DC serves anyone in need, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation, from those who can’t afford to buy food on a minimum‐wage income to the chronically homeless. Many Thrive DC clients have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. Many are diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse backgrounds. Nearly 80% of female clients are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic health problems—often without regular access to crucial medical care.

Origins

Thrive DC began in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, as a response to the first major wave of homelessness on the streets of downtown Washington, DC. Over time, the program began serving morning meals to homeless men and women, created a job training program, and introduced case management and educational programming.

Recent Accomplishments

In 2011,Thrive DC:

  • Served 81,462 meals, including diabetic options daily
  • Offered 4,344 free showers/loads of laundry
  • Distributed 23,436 emergency supplies like blankets and first aid
  • Provided transportation assistance for 2,347 trips to medical appointments and job interviews
  • Provided 1,293 hours of one‐on‐one case management
  • Mobilized more than 2,000 volunteers in support of these services

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Paul
DevelopmentDirector
202‐503‐1523
jenniferp@thrivedc.org.