Thrive DC welcomes our most vulnerable neighbors: some are homeless or jobless; some suffer from mental illness or substance abuse (or both); others are victims of sexual or domestic abuse; many live with chronic health problems. Most have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic and, until the indoor meal program can fully reopen, Thrive continues to help them via email and phone, connecting them with job training, substance abuse counseling, reentry and victim services, and shelter. It helps clients file for unemployment, offers mail services, groceries, snack foods, hygiene and personal care items, prescription assistance, stipends for workforce development clients, and connections to employment opportunities that have emerged during COVID-19 (cleaning services, retail, and warehouse jobs). Thrive offers support to clients who are struggling mentally and emotionally, reaching out to reduce isolation and help ease anxieties associated with this unprecedented crisis.
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:
- Number of meals served annually:
- Pounds of food provided (groceries delivered, food items distributed) annually
- Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:
- Number of volunteers who work with us annually:
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
- The courage to persevere
Thu Dec 24 2015, Washington Post
Thrive DC client Robert Fuller-Bey is one of four people profiled who faced difficult challenges and summoned the courage to overcome them.
- An uplifting donation: bras for homeless women
Sun Nov 1 2015, Washington Post
A donation of over 1,000 bras brings to light the issue of women's health and hygiene and difficulties women face when they are homeless.
- Springtime Celebration Gives Homeless Women Sense of Safety, Normalcy
Wed Apr 21 2010, Washington Area Women's Foundation
Just last week, Thrive DC welcomed new beginnings and growth for all people through our Springtime Celebration.
- Local Nonprofits Receive Leadership Awards for Innovative Work with Women & Girls
Thu Mar 25 2010, Washington Area Women's Foundation
Thrive DC is among 10 metro area nonprofits selected to receive a 2010 Washington Area Women's Foundation Leadership Award.
- Top Tips for Feeding Your Family on a Budget
Mon Jan 12 2009, Market Watch
Using every bit of your proteins is a good way to keep down costs, said Alicia Horton, executive director of Thrive DC...
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Thrive DC is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!