Zara and her babyUnleashing Prosperous Futures in Arlington County

Families are the backbone of our community, serving as the foundation upon which Arlington County flourishes. Recognizing the challenges that families face, a comprehensive care approach is critical to their long-term stability. From financial counseling to short-term case management, upskilling, and childcare assistance, our team is committed to ensuring families have the support they need to thrive. Together, we can uncover the keys that unleash prosperous futures for local families.

According to the Arlington Community Foundation, in 2022, over 10% of the population were living below 150% of the federal poverty level. At Arlington Thrive, we believe that no one should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table. Our comprehensive approach ensures that families not only receive one-time financial assistance, but are also supported through childcare assistance, job training, financial counseling, and short-term case management.

Our Community Navigator program provides families in Arlington County with tailored financial guidance, helping them navigate budgeting, debt management, and savings strategies. With the right financial foundation, families can not only weather unexpected storms but also plan for a secure and prosperous future.

We recently had the privilege of helping Zara, a single immigrant mother of seven, who was facing eviction. We are proud to have been able to help her secure her home and refer her to Thrive’s Childcare Coordinator. With the Coordinator’s help, Zara was able to find a subsidized, Spanish-speaking childcare program near her home for her infant within 60 days. This allowed Zara to start a new job on her infant’s first day in the program, providing her with a bridge to work. 

Whether it’s navigating a sudden job loss, health crisis, or housing instability – life can be unpredictable. Short-term case management and essential job training play a pivotal role in providing families with the support they need to work their way through all of life’s challenges.

For many families, balancing work and childcare can be a significant hurdle. Arlington Thrive recognizes the importance of quality childcare and offers assistance programs to alleviate the financial burden. By ensuring that children are in safe and nurturing environments, parents can focus on their careers and personal development, contributing to the overall well-being of the family unit.

The keys to a prosperous future lie not just in individual successes but in the collective thriving of families within our community. Comprehensive care is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it is a dynamic and adaptable system that evolves with the changing needs of families. We are thankful for our generous donors who make it possible for us to provide this type of assistance to families like Zara’s and make a real difference in their lives. By addressing financial challenges, providing immediate support through case management, and facilitating childcare assistance, Arlington Thrive aims to create an environment where every family can thrive.