As we enter our fourth year of operations, I am thrilled by the difference Thrive! continues to make in the lives of our participants.
During 2018, we served 19 families living in financial poverty, representing
54 adults and children
. Thrive! volunteers and staff helped these families build community and skills needed to move from surviving to thriving.
Looking ahead, we will be training new Leaders (individuals struggling financially) starting on February 5 and hope to add at least five new families to our program through this training. Elaine Johannes, Ally and board member, has volunteered to provide Ally training and support and has been offering 6-hour Ally training sessions during December and January.
Five new Leaders means we need at least 10 new Allies, so Ally recruitment will be a major focus in 2019.
Leaders meet with their Allies twice a month (first and third Tuesdays) for Team Time, a chance to work on goals and identify resources. On the second and fourth Tuesdays, we hold Thrive! Conversations — continuing education for our Leaders. I am currently leading a "reducing stress for a healthier you" series. The connection between high levels of stress hormones in the body and physical health is strong, and we are working on finding small ways to reduce stress every day.
I'm looking forward to another year of community and growth for Thrive!
Thank you for everything you do to make our work possible.
— Jayme Morris-Hardeman, executive director