Our Vision

An Arlington community where all have homes, are financially stable, and thrive.

Our Mission

Arlington Thrive delivers same-day emergency funds to our neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health, and homes and thrive in a caring community.

Our Values

Compassion – Arlington Thrive recognizes the inherent value of all human beings and is committed to treating our clients, employees, volunteers, and partners with respect and compassion.

Collaboration – Arlington Thrive is committed to collaborating with our community partners, volunteers, and other stakeholders to enhance the level of service provided to our clients.

Candor – Arlington Thrive believes that open and honest communication both within the organization and within the community is key to ensuring responsiveness to the changing needs of those we serve.

Who We Are

Arlington Thrive is the only organization in Arlington County, Virginia that provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness. Most clients are the working poor, elderly and disabled people on a fixed income, and the homeless and formerly homeless who need Arlington Thrive’s funds as a “safety net” until they are able to get back on firmer financial footing. Arlington Thrive’s clients are among Arlington County’s most vulnerable residents. Families with children are given the highest priority, and one-third of the individuals served by Arlington Thrive are children.

With three staff members and a dedicated group of 30 volunteers, Arlington Thrive serves over 5000 clients every year. The two main assistance programs are the Daily Emergency Financial Assistance program and the Carter-Jenkinson Housing Assistance program. The Daily Program, budgeted at $345,000 annually, employs trained volunteers who fulfill requests from Arlington County and private social service caseworkers (see Our Partners, below) on behalf of their clients. The Carter-Jenkinson Housing Assistance program, budgeted at $320,000 annually is used exclusively to prevent the eviction of families and individuals. Recipients must be referred by County social workers.


Our Partners

Arlington County Department of Human Services,

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN),

Bridges to Independence (B2i ) Sullivan House

Doorways for Women and Children,

Northern Virginia Family Services

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)

Phoenix House

Virginia Hospital Center

Volunteers of American Resident Program Center

Sources of Income

For the year ending June 20, 2017, Arlington Thrive’s donated income was $1,062,652. Income from Arlington County totaled $564,560, and income from all other sources was $498,087.

Arlington Thrive is a 501 (c)(3) organization. You can view a pdf of our 2016 Return-Public Inspection Copy -990 here.


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