Human Services

Thrive DC

At the heart of a new start

Washington, DC

Mission

Thrive DC works to end and prevent homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a broad range of services to help stabilize their lives.

Ruling Year

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Alicia Horton

Main Address

1525 Newton Street NW Suite G-1

Washington, DC 20010 USA

Keywords

homeless women, homeless men, homeless children, meals, hunger, food, employment assistance, homelessness, homeless, social services, job training, emergency assistance, HIV, mental health, substance abuse

EIN

52-1485474

 Number

6646742986

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

On any given night, more than 7,000 people are homeless in Washington, DC, and while efforts have been increased to provide housing for people who are homeless, simply providing housing isn't enough. Without additional supports, vulnerable individuals will be unable to stabilize their lives and remain in their housing. Furthermore, as home prices and rents continue to rise in Washington, DC, many individuals who are struggling to make ends meet are often making the difficult choice between paying rent and buying food or prescriptions. Without programs and services that help people maintain their health and dignity, gain meaningful employment, address addiction issues, or overcome other significant barriers to independence and self-sufficiency, individuals who are homeless, or precariously housed, will continue to be left behind.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Employment Assistance and Job Training

New Directions

Daily Bread/Daily Needs

Therapeutic and Enrichment Support

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of meals served.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Related program

Daily Bread/Daily Needs

Context notes

Thrive DC serves breakfast and dinner on-site and lunch "to go." We also provide sandwiches to other organizations for weekend distribution or for people who are not served directly by Thrive DC.

Pounds of emergency groceries and fresh produce distributed.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Daily Bread/Daily Needs

Context notes

Thrive DC provides emergency groceries for those who have housing but are unable to afford food. We also hold a weekly free farmers market with fresh produce.

Number of referrals made to shelters, for medical or mental health assistance, etc.

This metric is no longer tracked.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Context notes

Thrive DC connects people who are homeless with needed services, including shelter/housing, medical assistance, mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling.

Number of job placements made

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Related program

Employment Assistance and Job Training

Context notes

Thrive DC assists people who are homeless with job searches and applications. We provide workshops to prepare our clients for the workforce. We also conduct a 23-week culinary arts training program.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

I. Through Thrive DC's Daily Bread/Daily Needs program, provide the District of Columbia's homeless and low-income women, men, and children with hot, nutritious and appetizing meals and critical emergency services in a safe, low-barrier setting. II. To provide homeless and vulnerable individuals with the ongoing social services and case management which can assist them in transitioning out of their current state of homelessness. III. To provide employment training and assistance that will help homeless individuals reach their full potential and become employment-ready. IV. To ensure individuals coming out of incarceration have the tools necessary to re-enter the community and live independent, self-sufficient lives.

Provide an evening meal to at least 40 women and children per night (Monday-Friday); a morning meal to least 160 men, women and children per day (Monday-Friday), and a Lunch To Go each weekday serving at least 150,000 meals per year.

To provide at least 1200 emergency supply items and emergency services to people in need each week, including toiletries, clothing, telephone/mail access, transportation access, and free showers and laundry.

To have at least 100 participants per week in a variety of educational, enrichment, and therapeutic activities.

To provide at least 30 different individuals each week with individualized case management and referrals to different community resources and agencies, serving at least 500 unique individuals/year.

To provide at least 35 individuals per week with access to a comprehensive range of wraparound social, health, and legal services through on-site collaboration with at least 1 partner provider each week.

To provide intensive employment coaching to up to 100 people and 24 Real Opportunity trainees each year, including offering 40 employment workshops, providing 100 instances of transportation assistance, and supplying 90 referrals to job-related community partners.

To provide 50 hours of computer access or training each week through our Computer/Office Skills Workshop, tutoring individuals in basic resume writing, interview, and job search skills.

Thrive DC has a staff of 13 full-time and 3 part-time employees. The organization is led by our Executive Director who oversees finances and day-to-day operations of the organization. Thrive DC's Development Staff consists of the Development Director who manages overall fundraising and communications and supervises our full-time Development Manager, Volunteer and In-kind Donation Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and part-time Development Assistant.. The Executive Director oversees all client programming and Thrive DC's social services staff, which consists of two Program Coordinators, Program Assistant, Reentry Program Manager, Reentry Program Assistant, Workforce Development Manager, Job Developer, Safety Officer and Substance Abuse Counselor. The Executive Chef oversees all culinary operations. Two interns support the Development team and 2-3 interns support the Social Services team at any given time. Each year approximately 1,500 volunteers provide service in a variety of ways, including preparing and serving meals, cleaning up, assisting in the Computer Lab and providing administrative help. Thrive DC rents a large space that includes a commercial scale kitchen, expansive program floor that can seat 200 and offices for our staff. We have space for a Computer Lab which holds six computer stations. Additionally, we own a van that is used to pick up food, clothing and other in-kind donations.

Thrive DC emphasizes outcome measurement through the use of evaluation tools and processes to best assess our progress towards stated organizational objectives. We track a wide range of key indicators daily, compile results monthly and analyze trends over time. Client feedback, gathered through semiannual satisfaction surveys, helps us evaluate our staff's effectiveness at connecting with clients and providing them with the services that meet their needs. Qualitative and quantitative measures are used to help our case managers track their clients' progress in meeting their individual goals and learning life skills. Data generated by partner providers is analyzed to determine the efficacy of their presence at our programs and their success in serving our clients. Pre- and post-testing are also used to measure the effectiveness of educational classes and therapeutic activities. In-depth, hour-long client interviews conducted annually help inform our programming, better evaluate our clients' needs and direct future program planning.

Thrive DC measures success as our ability to consistently and effectively meet the daily needs for food and other services of every individual who walks through our doors and to provide a safe, enriching environment where the chance for a better life is available regardless of age, gender, background, race or ethnicity.

After starting the Women In New Directions Program to help women coming out of incarceration transition back into society in 2014, we established an employment training component in 2017 and expanded the program to include men in 2018. In October, 2015 received a grant from the United Planning Organization that enabled us to increase our Real Opportunity Employment Training program. That grant was recently renewed for the third time. We have expanded our substance abuse counseling services to now include a full-time counselor who conducts both group and individual counseling sessions in English and Spanish. We have initiated a focus on diversifying our funding, with heavy emphasis on contributions from individuals. In 2017 we received contributions from more than 1,000 individuals.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No