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Thrive DC

At the heart of a new start

Washington, DC   |  http://www.thrivedc.org

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 info

1987

Executive Director

Mr. Shane Santo Mulhern

Main address

1525 Newton Street NW Suite G-1

Washington, DC 20010 USA

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Formerly known as

Dinner Program for Homeless Women

EIN

52-1485474

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On any given night, thousands of people experience homelessness 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. Thrive DC provides a one-stop shop with both emergency and wraparound services to stabilize individuals in crisis and provide a new start with dignity, compassion, and love. At the same time, we leading "upstream" efforts to fix the systemic issues leading to our clients' situations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Employment Assistance and Job Training

Weekly workshops, our computer lab, and our full-time job developer assist clients in searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs.

Our culinary arts training program, called Real Opportunity, gives participants the kitchen skills as well as confidence and life skills to gain meaningful jobs in the food service industry.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Homeless people

We help formerly incarcerated men and women make a smooth transition back into the community through case management, job training, and job placement assistance.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Thrive DC provides basic/emergency services such as meals prepared and served on-site Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, along with sandwiches and salads "to go" Monday through Friday. Additionally, showers and laundry facilities are available. These services help stabilize the lives of those who are most vulnerable and in need.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Through a variety of activities, Thrive DC promotes the mental well-being of vulnerable people. Peer-supported group counseling sessions for those struggling with addiction are held three times each week and are in both English and Spanish. An expressive arts group meets weekly to provide an outlet for self-expression.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Substance abusers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Catalogue of Philanthropy One of the Best Small Nonprofits 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds of emergency groceries and fresh produce distributed.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Daily Bread/Daily Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Employment Assistance and Job Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

I. To provide the District of Columbia's individuals experiencing homelessness with hot, nutritious and appetizing meals and critical emergency services in a safe, low-barrier setting.

II. To provide vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness with the ongoing social services and case management which can assist them in transitioning out of their current state of homelessness.

Providing a hot meal to least 175 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, 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.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we stepped up our emergency grocery program to help stabilize families in crisis, teaming up with food banks and mutual aid societies to provide over 40,000 boxes of groceries around DC.

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.

In fall 2023, Thrive engaged with HomeAid to renovate Thrive’s kitchen, dining, and office space. This renovation will be complete by year end 2023, providing a fresh, clean, and overall improved space for our clients to dine with dignity and engage with case managers, as well as for our staff to work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Thrive DC

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Angela Thresher

US Bank

Term: 2023 - 2024

Synina Pugh

DC Dept. of Human Services

Alexia Baillow

Capital One

Bill Black

Bill Black Public Affairs Strategy

Tristan Breaux

Tyson Food

Suzanne Garwood

JP Morgan Chase

Sunny Gupta

Edible Finance

Pete Kirschner

BuildWithin

Clara Lee

Edgewater Federal Solutions

Camille Martone

Jessica Rihani

Mindset

Michelle Rindone

US Department of Justice

Eden Shiferaw

NVP

Zeshan Tahir

JP Morgan Chase

Laurence Thompson

Angela Thresher

US Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.