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– Soraya , leader of 55-member group from Florida, 2013
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Thrive DC

Thrive DC began in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, a response to the first major wave of homelessness on the streets of downtown Washington, DC.  Over time, we began serving meals to men as well as women, created our job training program, and introduced case management and educational programming.

Thrive serves breakfast to 200+ homeless and poor men and women, providing emergency social services and serving as an outreach site for other social service providers and partners. Each afternoon and evening, the Dinner Program provides dinner and social services to DC’s most fragile and marginalized homeless women and their children. We meet the immediate needs of these individuals by providing a delicious, healthy meal and emergency supplies.Then, we meet their long-term needs by offering comprehensive services addressing the root causes of their homelessness.”

What do volunteers do? thrivedc

Breakfast and Dinner Volunteers are essential parts of the Thrive DC team. The environment is often fast-paced. The qualities most needed in a Breakfast or Dinner Volunteer are to be flexible and open-minded. We need our breakfast and dinner volunteers to assist staff members in a number of ways. Duties could include preparing food, distributing supplies, serving the meal, greeting participants, clean-up, and meeting with people individually. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals, families, or groups of up to 8 people. Youth ages 16-17 may come unaccompanied after an initial visit with a parent or guardian. Youth ages 12 and up may come as part of a group with adult chaperones. Children under 11 are welcome if accompanied by their own parent. Scheduling is flexible, and a regular commitment is not necessary.

Scheduling is flexible for kitchen volunteers, but these are the general hours:
Breakfast: Tuesday – Friday, 8:00am – 11:30am
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 4pm – 7pm

Contact Nathan Mishler at volunteer@thrivedc.orgor 202.737.9311.

St. Stephen’s & Incarnate Episcopal Church
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington Dc, 20001