From infants to great-grandmothers, Thrive DC welcomes the most vulnerable of our neighbors: homeless men, women, and children whom other programs may not accept or accommodate. Some suffer from mental illness or substance abuse (or both); others are victims of sexual or domestic abuse; many live with chronic health problems. And they come for something simple: hot, nutritious breakfast for men and women, dinner for women and children, plus an emergency food pantry and carry-out lunch. They also find laundry facilities and showers, toiletries, mail, phone and computers access, and warm clothing and blankets. After building a relationship of trust, Thrive helps clients on-site or refers them to providers who can assist with housing, medical care, or legal services. An employment program offers on-the-job training and life-skills coaching, and for women coming out of incarceration, a comprehensive re-entry program helps them rebuild their lives. Since 1979, Thrive DC has been serving to homeless and vulnerable Washingtonians generous portions of food – and help and hope.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Columbia Heights

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Immigrants/Refugees; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2,200
  • Number of meals served annually:   130,000
  • Pounds of food provided (groceries delivered, food items distributed) annually :   250,000
  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   50
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   1,400

Awards & Recognition

Capital Area Food Bank’s Outstanding Agency Award, 2004
Temple Sinai's Social Action Award, 2007
Washington Area Women's Foundation 2010 Leadership Award
Charity Navigator 4-star (top) rating, 2016
Guidestar Platinum Status, 2016


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Thrive DC is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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