The Adams family started what was then, Pregnancy Distress, in 1973. How could they have imagined that 47 years later, it would have expanded to be such an important resource and staple of the West End Community. Thrive offers a wide variety of services and programs for people of all ages and all stages of life, they can grow and Thrive in their community. A participant led holistic approach at health and healing, we provide essential needs like food, clothing and safety, family supports, such as; parenting , child care and community resources also support for physical, emotional and spiritual health, whether that is connection to cultural needs, that ability to speak their truth or be authentic for themselves and others * whatever promotes empowerment, whole health and support for a better life and community for those we serve.
Over the years, the agency has established a significant presence in the inner city. We serve 10,000+ families with diverse needs from our four sites, all located near the intersection of Spence St. and Sargent Ave. in the West End of Winnipeg. We operate the Therapy Department, the Resource Centre, the Childcare Centre and the Thrift Shop, which offers important support to the community by providing volunteer work experience to people of diverse abilities and skills.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization, Thrive is supported through private donations, The United Way, Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care, The Dept. of Child and Family Support, and through other community groups, corporations, and foundations.
As the Executive Director of Thrive Community Support Circle, It has given me such a sense of joy and humility to be a part of this incredible organization and watch it grow and change to meet the needs of community during the past ten years and throughout all of my different roles here at Thrive. I feel both proud and humble to work alongside such dedicated staff, volunteers, and students under the guidance from our Board of Directors, and with the generous support of our donors and funders, this agency has withstood the challenges and changes of society to ensure we continue to answer every call for help that we receive. Being able to provide basic human needs, child care, and crisis support when people are in need of stability, security, and safety, allow them to focus their energy on change for themselves and their families, learn and build their skills, set goals and achieve them. I have developed and grown as a person and a leader having the privilege to be a part of their journey and watch these incredibly strong and resilient people turn these opportunities into stories of starting over, re-building, breaking down barriers and building success.
When we see and hear the stories of progress and change from our community members, families getting healthier, bonds growing stronger, goals being achieved, and lives changing for the better, I know that Thrive is making a difference and I feel truly blessed to play a role in this journey in our community!
With gratitude and blessings,
Rhonda Elias-Penner, Executive Director