Page updated 5/29/2020
There is no more critical time to serve those in need than during a crisis. Those we serve are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they will be some of the hardest hit. Many of us can overcome lost hours at work or extra medical expenses but this population largely cannot. Instead they are at risk of facing hunger or becoming homeless. That’s why we’re here.
THRIVE is remaining fully operational, serving families with emergency food and rent and utility assistance.
The Governor of Virginia announced a Stay at Home Order (Click here to read). This order allows essential businesses to remain open including food pantries and agencies that prevent evictions. Therefore, THRIVE Peninsula will remain fully operational, serving families in financial distress.
On 4/28 Executive Director Angela York was interviewed by Jennifer Brown, CEO of Community Knights, to provide a community update for THRIVE.
On 3/24 THRIVE Peninsula was featured on Channel 13 News Now – see video below.
On 3/23 THRIVE Peninsula was mentioned in the Daily Press article on United Way and its agencies. Click here to read the article.
-5/29: The number of homeless people staying in hotels in partnership with Four Oaks Community Day Center and The Ezer Initiative has increased to 80. THRIVE will now create 80 bags per week.
-5/14: THRIVE will be providing bags of food items for 65 homeless individuals who are staying in hotels on a weekly basis. Our pantry needs are now focused on supplying many of the items we will specifically need to serve this population as they will not have access to cooking appliances.
-5/11: We are now partnering with Corona Aid 757 to offer food deliveries to those who cannot pick up or leave the house.
-4/16: Thanks to the outpouring of food donations we have received from our community and church partners, we are expanding our hours and are now open Fridays from 10am – 2pm so we can serve more families and receive donations. You are continuing to equip us to serve people in need and we are so thankful! As we continue to receive donations, keep checking to this page, as our most needed items will continue to change.
Between 3/16 – 5/29, THRIVE’s food pantry served 1577 people (634 households), distributing 32,220 pounds of food. 37% of recipients are children and 57% of recipients have not visited us in at least 10 months.
Current Pantry Needs
Please consider donating some of the following items that we are most in need of:
How to Make a Food Donation (or see Donate Funds below)
Donations can be made Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm and Fridays 10am – 2pm at our office: 13195 Warwick Blvd, Unit 2C, Newport News. Please pull around back and call us when you’ve arrived: 757-877-6211 x2. We will unload it from your vehicle to accommodate “no contact”.
Requests & Service Counts
Between 3/16 – 5/29, we have received 179 applicants for rent or utility assistance from families who’s situation has been directly impacted by COVID-19. Those requests have amounted to more than $118,000 in past due bills. So far, THRIVE has had enough resources to assist 61 of these families and currently we have more applications that will be processed as soon as the families provide the documentation we require. These documents include the unpaid bill, a lease, proof of income, etc. We do this so we can verify the need and provide customized financial coaching to every program recipient.
Resources for Tenants
The Virginia Poverty Law Center has created excellent resources for tenants to learn their rights during the outbreak.
Click here to view their resource for Rental Tenants
Click here to view their resource for people in staying in Hotels or Motels
Click here to view their eviction flow chart
Click here to view their recommendations on requesting a payment plan from your landlord
Click here to view their FAQ on evictions
The best way to support THRIVE and our efforts is to make a monetary donation that is not restricted for a singular purpose. Our needs are changing everyday so it is best if we can use it where it is needed most. You can give online by clicking “Donate Now” at the top of the page or mailing a check to the address at the bottom of the page. Checks can be made out to “THRIVE Peninsula”
We have received so many new volunteers in the past few weeks who have stepped up to fill in for our regular team. Thank you! In an effort to work with smaller volunteer crews we are not in need of new volunteers at this time.
Safety Precautions We Are Taking
We have altered our services so we can keep serving local families but keeping everyone safe from infection. We are taking every precaution necessary including 1) The building is limited to staff or volunteers only – all donors and recipients will be served outside of our back door 2) We are quarantining canned good donations for 72 hours and boxed donations for 24 hours as per the CDC’s information on how long the virus can live on different surfaces. 3) We are regularly sanitizing all surfaces and volunteers and staff are washing hands in between clients. 4) We are coordinating all financial assistance and financial coaching by phone instead of in person. 5) All personnel is required to wear face masks when inside the building and maintain a 6 foot distance. Want to learn more? Click here to view our UPDATED safety guidelines for our food pantry .
Do you know someone who needs assistance?
Check out www.thrivepeninsula.org/help for details on how to receive our services.
Thank you for your steadfast support of our mission. Please take action today to help us lift up our neighbors in need during this unprecedented emergency.
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