Supporting our Community’s Most Vulnerable

Thrive DC serves 200 – 250 homeless and vulnerable individuals every day who turn to us for critical support. Services range from twice daily meals and weekly emergency groceries, to assistance finding housing and support finding employment, to connections to legal aid and opportunities for health screenings, to intensive job training and access to computers, laundry and showers.

For more information on what we offer clients in need, please read below!

Thrive DC serves more than 150 people each morning for breakfast.

During that time clients can take showers, do laundry, access their mail and use the phone, receive emergency groceries, and enjoy community in a safe, welcoming atmosphere. Click here for more information.

Thrive DC’s Evening Program offers a safe, peer supported environment for women and children.

Since 1979 we have always reserved dinner for women and their dependents, as they often face the greatest challenges in the face of homelessness and poverty.

During the Evening Program, we offer dinner, showers, laundry, emergency groceries, enrichment and therapeutic activities, and a safe place. Click here for more information.

Our popular Computer Lab has 6 Internet connected desktops and is open 5 days a week 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We offer:

– Daily access to computers to connect with family and search for jobs;
– Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday computer lab workshops from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM for resume and cover letter writing, job searching, and applying for jobs.

For more information on our Computer Lab, click here.

In some cases homelessness may be temporary, while in others it is a chronic challenge. Whatever the reason, homelessness cannot be solved through the provision of meals and supplies alone.

We work to uncover the reasons why an individual has become destabilized and provide the necessary training, education, and ongoing support needed to regain their independence. For that reason, we offer:

– One-on-one case management and employment support
– Workshops in foundational skills and job readiness
– Resume writing and job search support
– 23 weeks of intensive employment training

For more information on our Employment Program, click here.

New Directions is designed to assist men and women who have been recently incarcerated, and/or released from jail or prison, on the road to becoming successful. We offer:

-Case management
-Basic needs assistance (meals, toiletries, referrals for clothing and food)
-Life skills education
-Employment assistance
-Access to sobriety maintenance assistance and support

For more information on our New Directions program, click here.

Thrive DC believes that every person, no matter their circumstances, should be treated with respect and dignity.

For those struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction we offer:

-One-on-one counseling, case management, and treatment referrals
-Weekly Men’s Substance Abuse Education (Wednesday) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
-Weekly Women’s Substance Abuse Education (Friday) 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
-12 different topics of discussion (12 weeks)

For more information about substance abuse counseling, please click here.

Many of our clients are dealing with internal trauma and emotional barriers that keep them from moving forward. That’s why we’re proud to occasionally offer services like music & art therapy, garden group, comedy group, and other peer support networks that help our clients take their next step out of homelessness together.

Hours Available: Wednesday-Friday from 11am-3pm 

We are now able to offer victim services to our clients through support, referrals, and connecting clients to services if they have been a victim of a crime.

The purpose of this program is to provide victims of violence with specific resources to improve their quality of life. Victim services includes resources and referrals for homeless victims of crime in the last 3 months from the day they share the event of a crime with us. This includes (but is not limited to): assault and battery, property damage, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, hate crime, harassment, theft, and other violent crime.

Fatal assaults against people experiencing homelessness outnumber hate-crimes against all protected classes combined. Between 1999 and 2015, at least 1,657 homeless individuals were violently attacked, in many cases because of their housing status, according to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. This is only including those that are reported.

Homeless victims have rights. We’re going to be talking more about how we’re providing support for our clients while bringing public awareness to this issue.

For member of the community who are reentering society from incarceration, we offer transitional housing for up to 6 months at a time. This allows clients to adjust to society and stabilize their lives without having to worry about where they will sleep each night. We currently have one men’s house and two women’s houses in the district.

Client at Breakfast