Thrive’s existing space is severely limited and cannot meet the growing demand for services. Your gift will fund a major building renovation – so we can continue to be a vital resource and place of connection for more than 20,000 families.

The need for more space

Thrive currently must operate out of three separate locations in the Spence neighbourhood.

A main inadequacy is the lack of private spaces for urgent care and 1-1 support, which is critical for people experiencing sexual abuse, domestic abuse, or addiction-related issues.

The current space is also not accessible and has no public washroom.

The Capital Campaign

The Thrive Capital Campaign will fund a renovation to add a 3,750 square‑foot second floor and renovate the main floor of our building at 555 Spence Street.

The building expansion will create a fully accessible space and will:

  • Increase program offerings and program capacity, including offering evening programs
  • Add private, secure spaces for counselling and 1-1 support
  • Include a washroom for community use
  • Gather all adult programs under one roof
  • Have an improved drop-in space that will include a kitchenette, where community members can eat, visit, and locate resources.
  • Include a dedicated cultural room for community members to engage in cultural practices
  • Allow for a more coordinated safety plan in case of emergency or lockdown
  • Add a separate break room and bathroom for volunteers and staff, to provide times of respite
Thrive Old Building
Old Thrive Building
Thrive 555 Spence St building rendering
Thrive – 555 Spence building rendering

Project details

The $3.4 million project provides vital working spaces for programs and services:

Main Floor

  • Space for the Thrift Shop manager to interview, train, and meet with staff and volunteers
  • Separate, accessible break room and bathroom for volunteers and staff and community
  • Warehouse space for sorting, laundering, pricing, and storing donations
  • Food hamper pick-up area for community members
  • Elevator to make the new second floor accessible
Thrive Capital Campaign Main floor plan
Proposed main floor of the new 555 Spence building

Second Floor

  • Designated area for registration and intake of participants
  • Drop-in space with kitchenette
  • Dedicated room for practicing cultural traditions
  • Classroom for Thrive’s parenting, mental health, and gender-based programs
  • Public washrooms for drop-in and program participants
  • Multipurpose room for special events and activities
  • Improved staff areas with separate washroom
Thrive Capital Campaign Second floor plan
Proposed second floor of the new 555 Spence building

Learn More About the Campaign

To learn more about Thrive’s capital campaign, please see or print our Case for Support (pdf), which outlines the value of Thrive to the community, the critical need for more space, and project details.

Make Your Gift Today

It is because you give that we can thrive.
Your gift will help us build for generations.