How We Help

Poverty in the United States is as far reaching as it is damaging.

Evidence has shown that the neighborhoods we live in shape our health, our prosperity, and our children’s educational success. Residents of high-poverty neighborhoods do worse on a variety of measures, even when they themselves are not impoverished.

We understand that the consequences of poverty—homelessness, poor health, lack of educational access, violence, and hunger—can be severe and frequently have long-term consequences that lead to families being persistently poor across generations.

Thrive Virginia, a Community Action Agency founded in 1970, with a mission to eliminate poverty, seeks to ensure that families live in neighborhoods of opportunity, not restraint. Each program that we have established has been crafted to target one of the many and pervasive root causes of generational poverty.