Teamwork... People from all economic classes come together to understand the challenges of living in poverty in our community.
Hard work... Leaders (individuals and families living in poverty) partner with allies (volunteers from the community) to create Thrive! Teams, a long-term small group that works together to build resources that support lasting change.
Relationship focused... Healthy relationships provide support in times of trouble, celebration in times of joy, and accountability to goals.
Investors... An investment of one's time, talent, and treasure in Thrive! is changing the future for the next generation, alleviating generational poverty.
Voice... Obstacles exist in our community that negate the hard work of families and individuals living in poverty - transportation, housing, living wages, affordable childcare, etc. Together, we raise awareness and advocate for change.
End Poverty... Poverty is multi-generational. Our weekly Thrive! Club is just for youth. Similar to adult participants, our youth build skills and relationships that empower them to thrive.
Thrive! Club is designed just for youth in grades K-9. In addition to having fun in a safe and accepting environment, youth participate in lessons inspired by Character Counts! 6 Pillars of Character. These lessons build skills and relationships that empower our youth to thrive in any environment! Childcare is generously provided by First United Methodist Church staff for children 5 years and younger. Thrive! Club is open to all youth of adults participating in Getting Ahead, Bridges, and Thrive! Teams.
Needed: Volunteers to invest 2 hours, 2 or more Tuesdays per month
Getting Ahead Workshop
This 9-week workshop is designed for those living in poverty to investigate their lives and communities , make plans to build resources, and examine their future story.
Qualifications: motivated to make lasting change; at least 16 years old; speak and read English; if there is a history of addiction, in recovery for 6 months or more; not currently dealing with domestic abuse; able to attend weekly meetings; living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
This workshop is designed for those who want to become allies (see "Thrive! Teams") and those who already work with poverty alleviation.
Qualifications: motivated to make lasting change; at least 18 years old; speak and read English; if there is a history of addiction, in recovery for 1 year or more; not currently dealing with domestic abuse; able to attend meetings twice a month; thriving above 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Thrive! Teams are formed after successful completion of the Getting Ahead or Bridges workshops. A family or individual living in poverty partners with 2-3 allies and Thrive! staff to build resources for lasting change. Thrive! Teams meet twice a month for up to 18 months.