How did Thrive get started?
Thrive was launched in August of 2014 to help people, that have struggled to gain or maintain employment, find ways to overcome barriers, go to work, advance and move to economic self-sufficiency. Working closely with a variety of community partners, Thrive Flatirons Community Church (hyperlink) created Thrive as an individual and a community transformation initiative designed to help break cycles of poverty and restore hope and dignity for people that want a better future. At Thrive, it starts with a job!
Thrive is based on a model developed by Cincinnati Works (hyperlink) that has proven to be effective for more than 20 years.
What does it mean to be a Thrive member?
Participants who complete a week-long employment stabilization workshop become Thrive members, which is a lifetime membership! Members can access employment support services through Thrive whenever they need to, as long as they are employed or actively seeking employment.
Who does Thrive serve?
Job Seekers: Anyone who is willing and capable of working, who is interested in actively pursuing employment and receiving assistance with job skills development. Thrive is for anyone with the desire and motivation to actively pursue long-term employment and have the goal of achieving economic self-sufficiency. Members do not need to live in a specific area or fall within any particular income bracket.
Employers: Thrive invites employers that regularly hire an entry to mid-level employees to develop a collaborative partnership. The partnership becomes a win-win solution as employers find qualified job candidates and Thrive members find good jobs.
Does Thrive discriminate?
No, becoming a Thrive member is open to anyone. Thrive is a faith-based initiative and is open to anyone regardless of spiritual beliefs.
What does it mean that Thrive is a faith-based initiative?
Thrive offers a holistic approach to healing brokenness and eliminating poverty through relationships, employment support services, skills development, and education.
We believe that God designed people to live life in the context of four key relationships (with God, self, other people, and the rest of creation). We all experience poverty because of brokenness in these areas. Reconciliation in all four of these relationships is needed to experience life as God intended. Our hope is to help Thrive members experience a meaningful life through restored relationships and by achieving stability and economic self-sufficiency. Each person must determine how that relates to where they are currently without any pressure.
Thrive is open to anyone, regardless of faith. There is a spiritual foundation that is integrated throughout Thrive based on biblical principles and Jesus’ teaching, but there is no requirement to hold certain beliefs to participate.
How much does it cost to become a Thrive member?
There is no cost to participate in Thrive for members or employers.
Does Thrive receive government funding?
Thrive does not receive any government funding. All our funding comes from individuals, businesses, and foundations that see the value in the mission and work of Thrive. We invite you to join us by investing in the work of Thrive.
How can people get involved with Thrive?
You are invited to engage with Thrive as:
- Member (job seeker)
- Employer Partner (looking to hire good employees)
- Volunteer (Employment Coach)
- Community Partner (referral source, coordination of services)
- Financial Donor
What is the relationship between Thrive and Flatirons Community Church?
Thrive began as a community-wide program of Flatirons Community Church, but has now become a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thrive continues to be generously supported by Flatirons Community Church.
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When you donate to Thrive you are helping us expand our capacity and work with more willing and capable people that are moving toward economic self-sufficiency and stability through employment. Thank you.
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