From infants to great-grandmothers, Thrive DC welcomes the most vulnerable of our neighbors: homeless men, women, and children whom other programs may not accept or accommodate. Some suffer from mental illness or substance abuse (or both); others are victims of sexual or domestic abuse; many live with chronic health problems. And they come for something simple: hot, nutritious breakfast for men and women, dinner for women and children, plus an emergency food pantry and carry-out lunch. They also find laundry facilities and showers, toiletries, mail, phone and computers access, and warm clothing and blankets. After building a relationship of trust, Thrive helps clients on-site or refers them to providers who can assist with housing, medical care, or legal services. An employment program offers on-the-job training and life-skills coaching, and for women coming out of incarceration, a comprehensive re-entry program helps them rebuild their lives. Since 1979, Thrive DC has been serving to homeless and vulnerable Washingtonians generous portions of food – and help and hope.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Columbia Heights
Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income
Awards & Recognition
Capital Area Food Bank’s Outstanding Agency Award, 2004
Temple Sinai's Social Action Award, 2007
Washington Area Women's Foundation 2010 Leadership Award
Charity Navigator 4-star (top) rating, 2015
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Thrive DC is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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