Thrive’s 2nd Annual Quiz Night Recap

Thrive Community Support Circle hosted its 2nd Annual Quiz Night, a fundraising event on April 24, 2024 that celebrated the organization’s 50 years of supporting those in need. The event was a huge success; attendees, donors, board members, and volunteers were all thanked for their contributions.

The fireside chat, hosted by Anne Mahon and featuring Dakotah, was a major highlight of the evening. Dakotah shared her inspiring story of how Thrive supported her at different stages of her life. At just 16 years old, Dakotah visited Thrive with her baby and received essential baby supplies and layettes from what was then called Pregnancy and Family Support Services Inc. Two years later, she completed her practicum at Thrive, a full-circle moment for her and the organization alike.

The Quizzlers, a friendly competition organized by Thrive, made the interactions engaging and fun. Attendees formed teams and participated in a quiz that tested their knowledge of popular culture, history, and current events. The winning team received a prize, but everyone left with a sense of camaraderie and community.

Thrive also sold merchandise at the event, and the funds raised will go towards supporting the mental health programs at Thrive Community Support Circle. The organization raised $1,825, and they expressed their gratitude to all those who purchased their merchandise.

It was a wonderful night filled with laughter, learning, and community building. The event was a testament to Thrive’s commitment to supporting those in need and their dedication to creating a safe and inclusive community. As the night came to an end, attendees left with a sense of excitement and anticipation for next year’s event. 

Let’s do this again!

Thrive Community Support Circle Receives Community Service Award from Mayor Scott Gillingham

Community support is vital, especially for those who are experiencing violence, poverty, homelessness, trauma, addictions, and mental health challenges. These are the people who need our help the most, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they receive the support they need to live healthily. 

Our community-oriented team at Thrive Community Support Circle works tirelessly to provide exceptional services to those in need. Their passion, dedication, and hard work have not gone unnoticed.

On March 8th, 2024, Mayor Scott Gillingham recognized Thrive’s work and commitment by inviting Rhonda Elias-Penner, our Executive Director to receive the community service award on behalf of the team. This award recognizes the outstanding services provided by Thrive, the support they provide, the care they show towards those in need and the holistic approach they use to tackle the challenges facing our city, Winnipeg.

We want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to each member of the Thrive team. Your hard work, dedication, and passion are making a significant difference in the lives of many within our community. We are proud of your exceptional work, and we are confident that this award will inspire you to continue your efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of those you serve.

This award is both a recognition of Thrive’s past achievements and also a challenge to reach greater heights. To every member of the team, we want to thank you for your commitment to serving our community, and tireless efforts to make a positive impact in our community. It is because of your hard work and dedication that Thrive has become a staple in our city’s efforts to address some of the most pressing issues facing our community.

This award belongs to every member of the Thrive team. Let this award serve as a reminder to continue our collective efforts to make a difference in our community and let’s strive towards our vision of a community where everyone has access to the support they need to live a life worth living.

Congratulations to all of us, and thank you for your outstanding work. We are grateful for all that you do.

Thrive’s Safety Club: Ensuring Your Safety Within Our Community

In a world filled with uncertainty, one thing stands unwavering—community support. The morning was chilly, but it did not deter the dedicated members of the Thrive’s Safety Club from venturing out into our neighborhood for their weekly outreach. This program, an extension of Thrive Community Support Circle, is all about safeguarding the safety and well-being of our community members. At 9:40 am, a dedicated team armed with supplies, including Harm Reduction Kits, hygiene materials, clothing, food, and water, embarks on a mission that is making a real difference.

Preparing supplies

The essence of Thrive’s Safety Club is rooted in its commitment to community safety and support. Each week, a group of compassionate Thrive team members assembles vital supplies. These essentials, ranging from clothes to necessities like naloxone, are designed to improve the quality of life within our community. They do not stop at just providing supplies; they also share important information about a potent drug called “purple down” circulating in the area and offer drug alerts along with naloxone kits.

As the team sets out on their mission, they tread the very street they call home – The West End. This adds a deeply personal touch to their efforts. The outreach is not solely about distributing supplies and food; it is also about forging connections and comprehending the unique needs of the people they serve.

In a world that sometimes leave us feeling disconnected, initiatives like Thrive’s Safety Club serve as beacons of hope. This weekly outreach does not just provide essential supplies; it also fosters a sense of community. They remind us that we are all in this together. They are tirelessly working to ensure that our community thrives in safety and well-being.

4 Ways To Boost Your Self-Esteem!

Photo by Anna Shvets

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins

In the grand tapestry of life, self-esteem is the compass guiding our self-perception, influencing not only how we see ourselves but also how we interact with the world around us.

If you are on a journey to strengthen your self-worth, consider these four empowering steps:

  1. Self-Awareness: The first step in building a solid foundation of self-esteem is self-awareness. Take a moment to reflect on how you perceive yourself. Are there recurring negative thoughts or self-doubt? Acknowledge them. Awareness is the catalyst for change. Challenge those negative beliefs with positive affirmations and remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments.
  2. Exercise for Confidence: Physical activity is not just about keeping your body fit; it is also a potent tool for boosting self-esteem. Regular exercise releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that can elevate your mood and self-confidence. When you set and achieve fitness goals, it reinforces your belief in your ability to succeed in other areas of your life.
  3. Embrace Challenges: Growth often arises from stepping outside your comfort zone. Embracing challenges is a powerful way to prove to yourself that you are capable of handling difficult situations. Each challenge you conquer adds a brick to the foundation of your self-esteem. Remember, it is okay to stumble; it is part of the learning process.
  4. Assertiveness and Boundaries: Building self-esteem means recognizing your worth and not compromising it. Become more assertive by expressing your needs, opinions, and desires openly and respectfully. Learning to say “no” when necessary and setting boundaries in your personal and professional life reinforces your self-worth and ensures that others treat you with the respect you deserve.

Ready to embark on this self-esteem journey? It is a path well worth exploring, and it is perfectly okay to seek help and support along the way.

At Thrive, we understand that building self-esteem can be challenging, and you do not have to do it alone. Our counseling and wellness programs are designed to empower individuals like you to thrive in every aspect of life. Take that first step towards a more confident, self-assured you. Your self-esteem matters, and so do you.

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