202-737-9311 | info@thrivedc.org

Prevent & End Homelessness

At Thrive DC, we are a safety net for people experiencing housing instability, food insecurity, and economic crisis. Our goal is to support and equip clients on their journey of achieving independence and greater self-sufficiency.
"Thrive DC is a place I could call my home. They help me put my life back together. Here I was able to find opportunities, programs, clothing, and housing. Thank you for helping me when I needed help."

-Barbara, Thrive DC Client

Our Story

Thrive DC began in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women (DPHW), 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 DPHW to Thrive DC in order to better reflect our growing mission.

Coupled with the meteoric rise of homelessness in the District, Thrive DC is now the sole provider of homeless services for Ward One and much of the surrounding area.
  • Mission

    Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives.
  • Vision

    Our vision is for everyone in Washington, DC to have an equal opportunity to thrive.
  • Values

    Basic Needs Listening and Learning | Relationships | Respect and Dignity | Collaboration | Flexibility | Development | Accountability | Compassion | Justice | Diversity

Our Team

Shannon Battle

Men’s Reentry House Monitor
shannon at thrivedc.org

Anna Berrettini

Communications Coordinator
anna at thrivedc.org

Jon Bolduc

Director of Programs
jon at thrivedc.org

Terrence Brown

Executive Chef
terrence at thrivedc.org

Jessica Chavez

Victim Services Coordinator
jessicac at thrivedc.org

Vanessa Davis

Volunteer & In-Kind Coordinator
vanessa at thrivedc.org

Malcolm Ewing

Development Assistant
malcolm at thrivedc.org

Gabriel Fabre

Health Coordinator and Prevention Specialist
gabriel at thrivedc.org

Kathy Taylor Gaubatz

Interim Executive Director
kathy at thrivedc.org

Jameon Gray

Reentry Outreach Specialist
jameon at thrivedc.org

Greg Rockwell

Director of Development
greg at thrivedc.org

Mark Overbey

Men’s Reentry House Monitor
mark at thrivedc.org

Bonita Steele

Men’s Reentry House Case Manager
bonita at thrivedc.org

Sean Wormsley

Peace Officer/Donations Rescue
sean at thrivedc.org

Board of Directors


Gracy Obuchowicz, President

Beautiful Life Self Care LLC, Founder & Owner

Zeshan Tahir, Treasurer

JP Morgan Chase, VP, Commercial Banking

Angela Thresher, Vice President

U.S. Bank, SVP


Suzanne Garwood

JPMorgan Chase, Executive Director & 
Assistant General Counsel

Michelle Rindone

Federal Government 

Pete Kirschner

EventsDC, Senior Director of Business Development

Tracey Clarke Dalebroux

Family Health International

Bill Black

BillBlack Public Affairs Strategies, LLC

Dr. Clara B. Lee

Edgewater Federal Solutions, COO

Alexia Baillow

Capital One, Corporate Communications

Camille Martone

Martone Construction, Owner

Laurence Thompson

Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Jessica Rihani


Mitch Brooks


Eden Shiferaw


Sunny Gupta

Edible Finance, Founder & Owner

Tristan Breaux

Tyson Foods


Advisory Board

Keisha Streeter-Clark

DC Urban Living, Principal Broker/Owner

Steve Groeninger


Matt Lowy

Community Advocate

Rochelle Sanchirico

Spotify, Global Director of SMB Marketing

Angela Charles

Dept. of Human Services, EMS

Synina Pugh

Dept. of Human Services, Facility Coordinator

Jen Nedeau Helm

Meta, Policy Manager

Nathan Mishler

Community Advocate

Nick Rosenbach

Community Advocate

It takes a village.

We could not do our work without the support of our amazing community members and organizations!
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 737-9311

Client Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Staff Hours: 
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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