Help us raise vital funds to support our incredible Street Reach program that has been making a difference in our community for two decades. Your participation will directly contribute to providing essential services and support for those in need. Let’s come together and make a meaningful impact as we ride/walk for a cause that truly matters. 

The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly, in-person fundraising ride/walk held on Saturday, October 5, 2024. It specifically supports charities aiding individuals seeking hope, safety, and freedom. Join us for the Ride for Refuge Fundraising event, which will also support Thrive’s Street Reach Program!

Create a Team!

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Are you great at bringing people together and passionate about making a difference? As a Team Captain, you’ll lead a group of enthusiastic individuals to have fun while raising money for a worthy cause. You’ll be the key player, taking on roles such as leader, recruiter, fundraiser, planner, and cheerleader. Join us and make an impact! 

Here are the basics:  

Donate to Thrive’s General Team

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  • Thanks for your generous support! Fill in your complete contact info. Donations over $20 will automatically be emailed Canadian Charitable Tax Receipts.

Street Reach Program

Thrive’s Street Reach program is a barrier-free outreach service guided by the principles of harm reduction and community collaboration in St. John’s, NL. With two main components—Outreach and Individual Support—we cater to individuals 16 and above, providing support through evening drop-ins and outreach walks. Street Reach assists over 1500 participants annually, offering not just basic necessities but also a sense of belonging and genuine support. 

Street Reach currently offers the following services:

Drop in support: Drop in is provided Monday – Friday. Individuals 16 and older can come to Street Reach to access and variety of resources and support, including:

  • Access to phone & internet
  • Sterile drug supplies
  • Outerwear (Coats, footwear, hats, mittens, etc.)
  • Meals and snacks
  • System navigation & referrals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Transportation support
  • Personal care/hygiene supplies
  • Condoms
  • Naloxone training & kits
  • Point-in-time care and support

Outreach walks: Outreach walks occur four times per week. During outreach walks, staff, community partners, and volunteers put on backpacks and walk the downtown core to support folks literally where they are. Many of the same services are offered during outreach walks as they are in the Drop-In space, except for internet access and coats/footwear.

  • Street Reach currently partners with the Harm Reduction team, and St. John’s Status of Women’s Council, who provide staff to accompany Street Reach on the walks.

Hot meal & programing: Every Thursday evening Street Reach is open to provide a hot meal and programming to folks, in addition to an outreach walk and the typical drop-in supports. Activities can range from watching a movie, live music, hair cuts, art activities, etc.

  • The evening outreach programming is supported by Street Reach staff, volunteers and community partners.

Supporting & connecting people sleeping outside: When individuals, community agencies, private businesses, and government entities identify locations where someone appears to be sleeping outside, Street Reach is usually called upon to go out and connect with the individual(s) to offer support and services.

  • The calls received to offer this service have grown significantly over the last two years. Street Reach works with End Homelessness Outreach Team and the Harm Reduction Team to try to respond to calls received.

Case Management Services: Street Reach’s core funding funds two Support Coordinators, and End Homelessness St. John’s funds two additional positions. Each staff member works with approximately 12 individuals to provide full wrap-around support for people with complex needs and who are facing significant barriers.

  • The positions funded by End Homelessness are exclusively for individuals who are chronically homeless and are identified through the Coordinated Access to Homes process.

Thrive Street Reach Program

She (Thrive staff) has hooked me up with a lot of different things I never even new existed. It’s helped me a lot with getting through some mental health issues. I wish I known about some of these places and programs before now.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

They helped us move to a much better rental unit. They also helped us to provide Christmas gifts for our boys. Some people might not things that’s important, but it made a huge difference for us in our house this year.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

When I was at my lowest on the street, it was just a hot meal and clothing, or they would come by to give me sandwiches or warm socks. They helped my find my place where I’m living now and to find a family doctor.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

I’m not living in those old bedsitting rooms anymore. I was in those places for years and they’re not even fit to live in. I’ve been in places where I couldn’t even get a shower because the place was too dirty. You don’t feel very good living in a place like that, I guarantee you. Now I have my own apartment and it’s nice and clean. I wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Thrive.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

A big thing I’ve learned from Thrive is not to avoid something until it blows up in my face. I’ve never had that in my life. I grew up in foster homes; I never had anyone in my life help me understand these things. I was always shy and not very confident, but they make me feel good and help me to recognize the accomplishments I’ve had in my life.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

Thrive lined up a truck to help me move, when I needed to leave a real bad relationship in a hurry. They helped connect me to my new landlord, so I could get my new place.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

I was homeless, had some serious health issues and got kicked out of the shelter. Some would leave you high and dry. But their commitment is to really stay with you, even when you’re at your worst. She (Thrive staff) actually said to me ‘I won’t give up on you unless you fire me’. If it wasn’t for that one-on-one support, I guess I’d still be in the shelter system or maybe in another bedsitter for a while. Being sober and going through all that crap was terrible. I have some peace and normality in my life now. I needed the kind of place like Thrive, where they work with you in a calm and kind manner and stick with you through the process.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

I’ve been sober now for seven years. I’m living in a good place and I’m making the right decisions to keep me here. I want this place to be permanent for me.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Participant

I was a zombie. When she (Thrive staff) found me, I was two minutes from death. We met at the Shelter I was living at. She saved my life. In every way a person can be brought back to life, that’s what they’ve done for me. Even going with me to my doctor’s office, and helping with some of the bad confrontations I’ve had. You just wouldn’t never get that sort of treatment from Thrive. Every experience I’ve had there has been a piece of helping me get a life back.

Street Reach Participant

Thrive Street Reach Program

Sometimes PTSD comes up and it can be really overwhelming, but they help me make the connections I need and follow through. I feel so comfortable and accepted by my worker here at Thrive. I’m more willing to try, because she is really helping me go on the right path. I’ve been out of prison now for five years now and I’ve had not one charge up against me.

Street Reach Participant

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorship in The RIDE for Refuge is a unique opportunity for businesses to reach a wider audience while aligning with a charity dedicated to supporting your community. Thrive relies on businesses like yours to continue our work. Consider a sponsorship today to make a difference in your community!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Thrive’s Ride for Refuge event, please contact Mia Penney at mpenney@thrivecyn.ca.

Click here to view the Sponsorship Package

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Your name and logo displayed on a sign along the route

  • Your name and logo displayed at the Rest Stop
  • Option for Event Day booth or display at the Rest Stop
  • Rest Stop volunteer roles set aside

  • Sponsors at this level have the option to be the Meal sponsor, Photo Booth sponsor, or something else of preference (where applicable)
  • Recognition during opening ceremonies
  • Invitation to attend and speak at launch party (where applicable)
  • Option for booth or display on event day
  • Key volunteer roles set aside (where applicable)

  • Opportunity for opening remarks at the event
  • Invitation to attend and speak at launch party (where applicable)
  • Option for Event Day booth or display
  • Tagged social media posts throughout the campaign
  • Key volunteer roles set aside (where applicable)

About the Ride for Refuge Event

  •  One Charity per Location: Each RIDE charity will host its own in-person RIDE event, inviting teams, participants, and community sponsors to come together in support of their good work. Participants who live out of town can still register to fundraise and ride/walk on their own.
  •  Come Together: Creative fundraising campaign ideas are encouraged, but we want everyone to come together on RIDE Day. Showing up matters. Riding or walking in solidarity is important.
  •  Ride or Walk: Each event will feature a safe, signed, and staffed 2.5/5km walk + 10/20 km bike ride with rest stops and support.
  •  Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024.