Members of the community take part in the Vida Thrive marathon to thwart homelessness. /Courtesy of WUSA-TV
Members of the community take part in the Vida Thrive marathon to thwart homelessness. /Courtesy of WUSA-TV

Thrive DC, one of the city’s only five organizations to offer complete crisis services for homeless citizens, celebrated an achievement of raising over $16,000 on the cusp of Giving Tuesday.

During their second annual event in partnership with Vida Fitness gym, over 500 D.C. residents partook in Vida Thrive 5K Run and Walk on Oct. 18, doubling donations from the previous year.

Greg Rockwell, community relations manager for Thrive DC, expressed his excitement over the opportunity to provide continued support to others.

“We didn’t really have a set goal on the amount of funds that we wanted to gain, as we are always happy to get anything, but it was a great day and so humbling to see such tremendous support from our community,” he said.

With more than an estimated 8,300 people in D.C., battling homelessness every year, Thrive DC officials hope that their annual race will only be the beginning, as they begin to plan for the national upcoming #givingtuesday. Enacted on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year, the initiative calls for residents and community members to donate in person and online to their favorite organizations.

Jackie Grant Sr., who once battled homelessness himself and sang the national anthem on the day of the race, told WUSA-TV (Channel 9) that organizations such as Thrive D.C. are what make the difference when it comes to “picking up the pieces.”

Founded in 1979, the bilingual organization — which serves more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year — provides five major programs, including the Morning Program, the Evening Program, Substance Abuse, Computer Lab, Employment Program and a Women Re-Entry Program.

All programs are geared toward providing one stop shops for members of the community in need including, morning and evening meals, women spa days and facials, haircuts, new bras, free access to Farmer Markets on Fridays, hot showers and laundry on site, free clothes, personal care items, job training and placement, training after prison and substance abuse help.

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