Thrive is celebrating two decades of dedication, empowerment, and positive change within our community. Since its inception in 2005, our Street Reach Program has been providing support, resources, and opportunities to those in need. As we celebrate this milestone, we reflect on the countless lives touched, barriers overcome, and futures transformed.

Stay tuned for more details on our annual Ride for Refuge fundraiser event taking place in October, where you can join us in supporting Thrive’s Street Reach Program! Together, let’s continue to make a difference and uplift those in our community who need it most.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Street Reach is a barrier-free outreach service guided by the principles of harm reduction and community collaboration. 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 Program Overview:

Thrive’s Street Reach is a low barrier, harm reduction service in St. John’s. 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 a 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 chronically homeless individuals identified through the Coordinated Access to Homes process.

Street Reach