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Meet Vera, Thrive DC's New Workforce Development Manager!

Posted on April 29, 2023

Please welcome Vera Damanka to Thrive DC's team as our new Workforce Development Manager! Vera has strong experience working in the field and serving vulnerable individuals. We are thrilled to see all she will accomplish here at Thrive DC! Learn more about her below:

Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background, and what are you passionate about?

I am a Certified Workforce Development Professional with 5 years of experience providing employment services to marginalized communities. I am passionate about helping people attain the dignity of work. I love helping job seekers identify their natural skills and aptitudes, which can bring value to an employer.

What attracted you to Thrive DC?

I was attracted to how Thrive DC provides low-barrier services to some of DC’s most marginalized residents. Everyone deserves the ability to have their basic needs met - food, shower, laundry, etc. -- and Thrive DC is uniquely positioned to provide those services to the community.

What do you like about your role here so far?

I am really excited about the opportunity to refine our Workforce Development program. We have been providing amazing services to clients for a number of years now, and I am hopeful that we can continue to improve our efforts to get Thrive clients placed in meaningful employment.

What has been a powerful moment you've experienced since you started working here? (with staff or client)

I had a chance to connect with a client during breakfast, and I affirmed her as she voiced some of the barriers she had been experiencing. When I offered her a potential solution, she looked me in the eye and whispered, “I’m so thankful you understand me.” I pray that I can continue to uplift our clients and provide them with hope and solutions in the midst of their challenges.

What do you look forward to accomplishing in your role as the Workforce Development Manager at Thrive DC?

I am looking forward to streamlining processes and strengthening the implementation of the employment services that Thrive provides. I’ve received wonderful feedback from my colleagues, and I’m excited to make some changes that will help our job seekers excel in the current job market.

1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 737-9311

Client Hours:
Monday - Thursday
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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