At the Heart of a New Start
Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives.
Founded in 1979 to serve dinner to homeless women, Thrive DC has grown to be a comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual organization serving more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year.
We are a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. With our help, our clients take the first steps toward independence and self-sufficiency.
Thrive DC began in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, a grassroots response to the first major wave of homelessness on the streets of downtown Washington, DC.
In 1998 we began serving breakfast to homeless men, as well as women, and founded our job training program. In 2007 we introduced formal case management and educational programming.
As Thrive DC continued to change, we moved in 2008 from downtown Washington, DC to the Columbia Heights neighborhood. With the big move, we also changed our name from the Dinner Program for Homeless Women to Thrive DC in order to better reflect our growing mission.
In 2010 we grew our nutrition program to include emergency groceries and the next year began our weekly free farmer’s market. In 2013 we expanded our women-centered programming to include a re-entry program for women post-incarceration, Women in New Directions
Since 2011 there has been an almost constant rise in DC’s homeless population. Coupled with the closure of several other homelessness programs in city, Thrive DC has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients requesting services. Currently we serve over 250 people a day and more than 2,000 unique clients a year.