Thrive DC welcomes our most vulnerable neighbors: some are homeless or jobless; some suffer from mental illness or substance abuse (or both); others are victims of sexual or domestic abuse; many live with chronic health problems. Most have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic and, until the indoor meal program can fully reopen, Thrive continues to help them via email and phone, connecting them with job training, substance abuse counseling, reentry and victim services, and shelter. It helps clients file for unemployment, offers mail services, groceries, snack foods, hygiene and personal care items, prescription assistance, stipends for workforce development clients, and connections to employment opportunities that have emerged during COVID-19 (cleaning services, retail, and warehouse jobs). Thrive offers support to clients who are struggling mentally and emotionally, reaching out to reduce isolation and help ease anxieties associated with this unprecedented crisis.

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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