Monday, June 7, 2010

Nonprofits in the Neighborhood: Thrive DC

Here's the second in our Nonprofits in the Neighborhood series.

Thrive DC is "a nonprofit dedicated to providing comprehensive assistance to DC's homeless and low-income residents."

The group was founded in 1979 and moved to the neighborhood in 2009. The group "accomplishes its mission by providing the emergency assistance needed to stabilize lives along with the educational and therapeutic activities, employment preparation, and comprehensive social services required to change lives." Here's more from them:
Each day, as part of our Daily Bread/Daily Needs program, our staff provides a comprehensive range of crisis services: breakfast and dinner; free showers and laundry; mail, telephone, and computer access; personal care supplies; health and safety items; transportation and emergency rental assistance; and emergency clothing and blankets. In 2009, Thrive DC served more than 61,800 meals to individuals in need. Through our Links program, clients participate in enrichment activities, receive individualized case management, and connect with comprehensive services available onsite through Thrive DC community partners. In 2009, 750 unduplicated clients were provided social services at Thrive DC, including 3,855 referrals and 1,537 hours of case management.

Finally, our employment services and intensive Real Opportunity employment preparedness program embodies our commitment to ending homelessness by providing individuals with the comprehensive support, rigorous training, and life-skills coaching needed to successfully enter the workforce and become self-sufficient. In order to search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and strengthen key networks with family and friends, Thrive DC’s Computer Workshop enables participants to develop the skills they need to function in today’s workplace. Serving as a “one-stop shop” for DC’s homeless and vulnerable individuals, Thrive DC fills a unique role in the city offering comprehensive assistance for the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized residents.

Thrive DC relies on a small staff and over 1,000 volunteers each year to complete this important work. Group and individual volunteer opportunities range from preparing and serving meals, assisting in our computer lab, or organizing a drive for Thrive to name a few.

For more information, please visit our website at If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: Elizabeth Evancho,, 202-503-1523

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