Second Sunday Offering: Thrive DC
ThriveDC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services — meals, showers, laundry, and more — to help stabilize their lives. Originally founded and housed at First Church from 1979 to 2009 (when it was known as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women), ThriveDC is comprehensive, professionally staffed, and bilingual, now located at 1525 Newton Street NW. It is unique in providing the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step toward independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness.
In 2018, Thrive DC served 153,898 meals, served 2,000 clients and invited 2,149 volunteers to share their energy and commitment. Their website at www.thrivedc.org suggests calling 311 or the Hypothermia Hotline at (202) 399-7093 if you would like to help a community member experiencing homelessness during this frigid season.