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New Directions

Men and women are released every day from jails and prisons without food, clothing, or support.

Thrive DC provides all of this without restrictions on sobriety, without time limits, and without judgment over their conviction.

The New Directions Re-entry Program is designed to assist people who have been recently incarcerated and/or released from jail or prison, back on the road to becoming successful returning citizens.

It consists of five components:

  • Case Management
  • Basic Needs Assistance (meals, toiletries, clothing, etc)
  • Life Skills Education
  • Access to Sobriety Maintenance Assistance and Support
  • Employment Assistance

Program Benefits

Participating in New Directions receive the following benefits:

  • Transportation Assistance
  • Small Stipend
  • Access to One of Two Training Programs:

Life Skills Education

Our re-entry curriculum focuses on maintaining and developing life skills, getting back to work, and re-integrating with your family and community. Groups are interactive and include goal setting, listening and communication skills, healthy relationships, and “sustaining the change.”

“My father notices a difference in me when I come back from meeting with you at Thrive DC.”

Employment Support and Job Search Workshops for Returning Citizens

Workshops focus on job readiness as well as job search techniques. Participants will also be required to complete a resume and perform mock interviews. Topics covered in workshops can be seen on the Employment Program page.

Proud Member of DC Reentry Action Network (DC-RAN)

The DC-RAN is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that provide direct reentry services to justice-involved District of Columbia residents. DC-RAN assists directly impacted persons to successfully obtain housing, find employment, receive healthcare treatment, as well as rebuild their lives and communities.

The goals of DC-RAN are:

  • Professional and educational development opportunities for reentry service providers
  • Promote collaboration between reentry service providers in DC
  • Identify gaps in services and work with government agencies to develop new services and policies
  • Develop and promote minimum standards of care for all service provider agencies
  • Promote respect for the profession of reentry services
  • Promote respect for justice-involved individuals

For more information about DC-RAN, visit their website here 

Contact Information

For more information about our re-entry services or to join New Directions, please contact Kimberly Gray at (202) 503-1531 or [email protected].