For over 15 years, Thrive DC has been a safe and reliable space for neighbors in Ward 1 experiencing homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity. Every morning, staff serve hot meals to some 200 clients, fostering trusting relationships with them so that Thrive can begin to offer more comprehensive services. Clients choose fresh food from its pantry every week, use its mail and shower facilities, launder their clothes during the summer heat, and pick up free winter clothing when temperatures drop. Case managers build on this foundation to help them work toward stability and self-sufficiency, providing medical referrals, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and other victim and emergency services. Through consistent and compassionate care, Thrive proves that it is more than a safety net for people in crisis – it is a judgment-free and welcoming community.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Columbia Heights

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Immigrants/Refugees; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2,200
  • Number of meals served annually:   130,000
  • Pounds of food provided (groceries delivered, food items distributed) annually :   250,000
  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   50
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   1,400

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, 2016
Guidestar Platinum Status, 2016


Budget (FY2023)

  • $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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