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Mark is a graduate of our Real Job Opportunity Training Program, known as Real Opps. As a trainee, Mark went through 6 w...
11/10/2020

Mark is a graduate of our Real Job Opportunity Training Program, known as Real Opps. As a trainee, Mark went through 6 weeks of training with Chef Terrence Brown, Thrive DC's Executive Chef, where he learned both soft skills and hands on culinary practice.

Through the program, Mark was hired at a cafe where he puts what he learned to use. You can still catch Mark here weekly volunteering now that he has finished the program, and cooking for clients who stop by for a meal.

"We are bracing ourselves right now for what we anticipate is going to be a wave of evictions in the new year. We are ju...
11/04/2020
Who's Helping the Helpers Eight Months Into the Pandemic

"We are bracing ourselves right now for what we anticipate is going to be a wave of evictions in the new year. We are just trying to make sure that we are prepared and positioned to assist the community. And not only their food insecurity needs, but we also assist in many other ways through social service programs. We're just getting ready, and we hope that whatever administration steps into place will be an ally with us, as we help people get back on their feet."

Listen below to yesterday's Kojo Nnamdi show to hear more of Thrive DC Executive Director Alicia Horton's thoughts on the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable populations in DC, and the continued effect we will see going forward.

https://www.thrivedc.org/whos-helping-the-helpers-eight-months-into-the-pandemic/

(Photo credit: Joel Muniz, Unsplash) On Tuesday November 3rd, Alicia Horton joined Radha Muthiah, President and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank, and Gwendolyn Gantt, Community Outreach and Special Events Director at Stephen's Baptist Church, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the tens of thousands

Stop by Thrive DC this Thursday November 5th to get your FREE flu shot! Thank you to George Washington University's Rodh...
11/03/2020

Stop by Thrive DC this Thursday November 5th to get your FREE flu shot! Thank you to George Washington University's Rodham Institute for organizing the flu shot clinic to help keep our community safe this winter. We hope to see you there this Thursday

A huge thank you to George Washington University's Rodham Institute for preparing and arranging a flu shot clinic at Thr...
10/29/2020

A huge thank you to George Washington University's Rodham Institute for preparing and arranging a flu shot clinic at Thrive DC! Today, a licensed member of George Washington's physician group came to Thrive DC to administer flu shots to clients, staff, and community members during our weekly grocery distribution.

Services like these are desperately needed in such an uncertain moment in public health, and we urge you to keep you and your community safe by getting a flu shot. If you missed today's flu shot clinic, stop by Thrive DC next Thursday November 5th between 10 and 2 to get your flu shot for free! We hope to see you there

"I think that addressing homelessness and poverty should be considered a priority within humanitarian pursuits, governme...
10/27/2020
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cora

"I think that addressing homelessness and poverty should be considered a priority within humanitarian pursuits, government policy, and public health. Given all that, as an individual I think it's your responsibility to evaluate your strengths and resources and give where able whether it's your time, intellect, or another contribution."

Read more from our volunteer Cora about her time at Thrive DC!

https://www.thrivedc.org/volunteer-spotlight-meet-cora/

We are so grateful for the support and help we continue to receive from all of you even during the harder times of a public health crisis, and we want to share stories that resonate with our clients, staff, and volunteers through weekly Stories of Hope emails

Take some time this beautiful, sunny weekend to sit outside with a book. We have a book recommendation for you that will...
10/23/2020
Books we Recommend: Edition 1

Take some time this beautiful, sunny weekend to sit outside with a book. We have a book recommendation for you that will be hard to put down. Check it out on our blog linked below!

https://www.thrivedc.org/books-we-recommend-edition-1/

At Thrive DC, we strive to promote awareness around issues that our programs and services seek to address. Here is the first in a series of suggested publications that I hope you will find to be an informative and absorbing book to read. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on

The DC Line recently published an article written by Thrive DC's Executive Director Alicia Horton. Check out the link be...
10/21/2020
Alicia Horton: Flu and COVID present new challenges for people experiencing homelessness

The DC Line recently published an article written by Thrive DC's Executive Director Alicia Horton. Check out the link below to learn more about how Thrive DC is keeping DC's vulnerable population safe and healthy during this flu season
https://www.thrivedc.org/alicia-horton-flu-and-covid-present-new-challenges-for-people-experiencing-homelessness/

  (photo by Chris Kain) Flu and cold season is a time of year we always worry about, but amidst a public health crisis, flu and cold season is even more worrisome. In order to address this concern, Thrive DC is launching new initiatives to provide the

Looking for a way to get involved in your community? Volunteer at Thrive DC! Help with grocery distribution, sort out ma...
10/20/2020

Looking for a way to get involved in your community? Volunteer at Thrive DC! Help with grocery distribution, sort out mail, or fill bags with food; there are plenty of ways you can help support our mission to prevent and end homelessness in DC. We are grateful for all our volunteers, like Olivia, and could not do all that we do without your help. Click the link to learn more about volunteering at Thrive DC
https://www.thrivedc.org/volunteer/

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human ri...
10/17/2020

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom." - Nelson Mandela

On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, empower yourself to join the effort to #endpoverty. Ending poverty begins with you and it begins in your community.

At Thrive DC, we work every day to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC. We envision a city in which many of our most vulnerable people can readily access and receive the resources and support needed to lead fulfilling, stable lives. Donate below to be a part of that change.

https://www.thrivedc.org/donatenow/

At our weekly Monday staff meetings, we always take time to exchange self care moments from the past weekend and Ms. Ali...
10/16/2020

At our weekly Monday staff meetings, we always take time to exchange self care moments from the past weekend and Ms. Alicia shares a motivational quote. We believe in the power of starting your week on a positive note, which is why we created "Stories of Hope."

Join us by subscribing to our weekly stories of Hope! On Monday's, we share stories that resonate with our clients, staff, and volunteers. Share these stories with your family, friends, or coworkers to start the week off on the right foot.

http://ow.ly/YRvz50BUmMh

"I continue to come back because of the community. There are a lot of great staff, a lot of great volunteers, and a lot ...
10/14/2020
Volunteer Spotlight: Interview with Karen

"I continue to come back because of the community. There are a lot of great staff, a lot of great volunteers, and a lot of great clients. It's such a caring and compassionate community of people to be a part of."

Thank you Karen for continuing to come back and supporting Thrive DC!

Read more about Karen's experience volunteering at Thrive DC below. We are grateful for all our great volunteers and encourage you to join us.

http://ow.ly/SxiC50BSnRN

(Karen sorting through mail, which is a task she does most weeks at Thrive DC) Yesterday, I sat down with one of our most consistent volunteers, Karen, to talk about her time at Thrive DC. Karen, who is originally from Alabama, moved to DC about three

Today Thrive DC volunteers and Marines, Alex and Jaimé, helped bring in a generous donation of 4,000 masks from Masks2al...
10/13/2020

Today Thrive DC volunteers and Marines, Alex and Jaimé, helped bring in a generous donation of 4,000 masks from Masks2all. The masks will be used to keep our clients safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you Masks2All for your donation!

Break recidivism cycles and rebuild lives by joining our new Gold Standard Business Network. Launched in September, we h...
10/12/2020
Introducing the Gold Standard Business Network

Break recidivism cycles and rebuild lives by joining our new Gold Standard Business Network. Launched in September, we have partnered with a network of businesses in the DC area committed to helping returning citizens enter the workforce. Check out the link to learn more!
https://www.thrivedc.org/introducing-the-gold-state-business-network/

Introducing the Gold Standard Business Network          Thrive DC is pleased to announce the launch of our new Gold Standard Business Network (GSBN). Over the past few months, we created GSBN to offer our clients who are returning citizens, a network of businesses in the DC area that

Only one week until the VIDA Fitness Thrive 5k begins! Register below to join the funThank you to this years sponsors St...
10/10/2020

Only one week until the VIDA Fitness Thrive 5k begins! Register below to join the fun

Thank you to this years sponsors Starry, DC Brau, and Mighty Meals

https://vidathrive5k.com

With rising rates of homelessness due to COVID-19, it is especially imperative this year to remember all who experience ...
10/10/2020

With rising rates of homelessness due to COVID-19, it is especially imperative this year to remember all who experience homelessness on #WorldHomelessDay. At Thrive DC we work everyday to prevent and end homelessness in DC and in honor of this day, we ask you to please consider supporting our work here https://www.thrivedc.org/donatenow/

The DC Food Policy Council recently published a food security report evaluating food access needs in D.C. during COVID-1...
10/07/2020
Food Security Report

The DC Food Policy Council recently published a food security report evaluating food access needs in D.C. during COVID-19. Check it out below

https://dcfoodpolicy.org/foodsecurity2020/

Food Access & Food Security in the District of Columbia: Responding to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (September 2020) Food insecurity is a chronic condition that existed before the onset…

Yesterday Thrive DC received over 500 grocery boxes from Capital Area Food Bank . COVID-19 has made it increasingly diff...
10/02/2020

Yesterday Thrive DC received over 500 grocery boxes from Capital Area Food Bank . COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult for vulnerable populations to have reliable access to food sources. But with these boxes that contain grocery staples including fresh produce, meat and dairy, we can reach so many people who need this food.

"I worry about evictions and people who may lose their homes unless they get some type of federal support. If people los...
08/28/2020

"I worry about evictions and people who may lose their homes unless they get some type of federal support. If people lose their homes, they will lose everything. How will they be able to send their children to school, even remotely? This is a life or death situation and we have a duty to continue to feed America, one person at the time," says Sean Wormsley (to the right), who is in charge of security and donation pick ups at Thrive D.C. In this image, he is helping a client pick up her emergency grocery bags.

Jackie Grant is a Thrive DC client who lost his daughter to a violent crime many years ago. He was left with her son, wh...
08/26/2020

Jackie Grant is a Thrive DC client who lost his daughter to a violent crime many years ago. He was left with her son, who at the time was only four years old. He had been a school bus driver for more than a decade when his daughter was murdered. That tragedy pushed Jackie over the edge and for many years he felt a void inside so big that it almost paralyzed him. But the pain was too much to bear and eventually he quit his job and went on a long journey to find himself again.

He said he attended the recovery program at Thrive DC both for himself and his own son, who also struggled with pain and suffering. Jackie is a now a positive person who finds comfort in coming to Thrive DC but admits that he misses the pre-pandemic group meetings that brought him here on a weekly basis. "I am doing OK but I cannot wait for things to go back to normal."

As the number of people who need support rises, we increasingly rely on our volunteers to be on the front line with us. ...
08/24/2020

As the number of people who need support rises, we increasingly rely on our volunteers to be on the front line with us. A kind word and a friendly gesture is all it takes to make everyone feel welcome and not judged. Thank you for volunteering your time with us!

Cecile (left hand side) is originally from France and is a former restaurant owner who had to shut down her business during the pandemic. Karen (right hand side) has been volunteering with Thrive Dc for more than 10 years!

We are a place where friendships are forged and community is nurtured. We are Thrive DC!

The pandemic has brought to the surface deep rooted inequities that increase the probability of getting sick and not hav...
08/21/2020
Study Finds Stark Racial Disparities In COVID-19 Among Children | DCist

The pandemic has brought to the surface deep rooted inequities that increase the probability of getting sick and not having access to quality and affordable care.

This DCist article highlights the health disparities in the D.C. region. Among adults, white people account for 20% of reported positive cases of COVID-19 in D.C., but they represent about 46% of the city’s population. Black residents, who represent 46% of the city’s population, account for 50% of those who have tested positive, and 74% of those who have died.

Per capita, Latinos experience the highest infection rates in the city: About 11% of D.C.’s population is Latino, but 26% of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Read more here: http://ow.ly/m80d50ASIVU

White children tested positive 7% of the time at the Children’s National testing site. But Black and Hispanic children tested positive at much higher rates: 30%, and 46%, respectively.

In this article published in early August, the authors say that sometimes, emergencies reveal what needed to be done all...
08/19/2020
What the pandemic taught us about the homeless — and what we shouldn't forget

In this article published in early August, the authors say that sometimes, emergencies reveal what needed to be done all along. They emphasize that there has never been a more opportune time to make a permanent and equitable investment in housing for the homeless. Did we peak your curiosity? Find out what they propose and what examples they share from across the U.S.

http://ow.ly/RnaL50ARB6b

Never has there been a more opportune time to make a permanent and equitable investment in housing for the homeless.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, twenty-three-year-old Cayden Sparks found out about Thrive DC online. As a servicem...
08/16/2020

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, twenty-three-year-old Cayden Sparks found out about Thrive DC online. As a serviceman, he wanted to identify a concrete way to help others during the pandemic. Cayden, who is currently enrolled in a master’s degree, has volunteered several times and helps to pack grocery bags ahead of pantry Thursdays. He hopes to also offer career counseling and resume building training to Thrive DC clients as these services slowly reopen.

It looks like this pandemic will be with us for a while, which is why we want to be absolutely sure that we do not run o...
08/14/2020

It looks like this pandemic will be with us for a while, which is why we want to be absolutely sure that we do not run out of face masks and hand sanitizers so... if you want to help us out, please consider crowdsourcing among family and friends for additional face masks and hand sanitizers. This in-kind donation is definitely needed now and it can be donated also through our Amazon wish list. Thank you so much!

An annual report on homelessness in the D.C. metropolitan area shared by Street Sense Media on June 10 and shows that th...
08/12/2020

An annual report on homelessness in the D.C. metropolitan area shared by Street Sense Media on June 10 and shows that the number of homeless people fell in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year. But the rate at which D.C. has reduced homelessness continues to decelerate, and the survey, which offers just a single-day “snapshot” of the city’s homeless population from January, doesn’t take into account homelessness caused by the economic fallout of COVID-19. We do expect the numbers to go up as a result of the pandemic. You can learn about what the city is doing to address homelessness by reading the report here: http://ow.ly/ZeCt50AQPwu

In the District, Black residents make up nearly 48% of the general population, but 88% of people experiencing homelessne...
08/11/2020
Addressing The Link Between Racism And Homelessness In DC | WAMU

In the District, Black residents make up nearly 48% of the general population, but 88% of people experiencing homelessness. For many working to end homelessness, systemic racism is part and parcel to chronic homelessness. Check out this story on WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio and DCist that links racism and homelessness: http://ow.ly/9Y8550ATSqN

The effects of systemic racism ripple across housing, criminal justice, and more.

Brenda Hayes is a filmmaker and the producer of BackBurner Dreams - A Women's Passion Project She has been a guest at Th...
08/09/2020

Brenda Hayes is a filmmaker and the producer of BackBurner Dreams - A Women's Passion Project She has been a guest at Thrive DC and has inspired many of our clients to dream big and believe in themselves. In this She Built It podcast she shares her personal story and what compels her to inspire other women to reach for their dreams, regardless of where they are in their life journeys. Enjoy listening to Brenda who so kindly donated her time and talents to Thrive DC! Below is a picture of Brenda (on the right) and our Women's Program Manager Tanya (on the left)!
http://ow.ly/GeNF50ARgcx

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Thanks for all the birthday wishes
Well acquainted with the work that Thrive DC does for the community. I will be supporting this group in the near future per donations. As a former resident of DC, and a Life Skills Instructor to homeless women for a ministry there a few years ago; I became familiar with other organizations there who are doing great things. Keep up the good work. I miss my second home.
thrive DC..was better before Gabriel came to work there , he is a such racist and don,t like Hispanics , even black people, he smile everyone because he makes sure get hes paycheck every months, I have my own disgusting experience with him....its time to speak up....
Just curious why you all did not stop working with Obama, since he was doing the same thing? Or is it just when a Republican is President that it's an issue?
I wonder if you stopped working with the White House under Obama because he was keeping foreign kids in the same way as President Trump. Maybe you just didn't know because the media didn't tell you what Obama was up to a lot of the times.
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