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THRIVE in 2020

Happy New Year! 2019 was another exciting year of growth for THRIVE Communities. We plan on 2020 being equally successful. Some of the things that made 2019 THRIVE include our Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) circles being run by our volunteers themselves, always with the ongoing support of staff. The training's for these circles are now being lead by staff and experienced CoSA volunteers so that future volunteers can learn from their experience and gain the skills to support our core members (returning citizen). In addition, to these programmatic developments, we have gained the support of 100 individual donors, people just like you! Already in 2020 we have celebrated the one year anniversary of one CoSA circle and launched another. One day at a time our core members, with the support of their CoSA team, are building relationships, securing sustainable housing, finding work they enjoy, and building community connections. What a year 2020 will be!

Upcoming Events

Annual MLK Breakfast
Monday, January 20th, 2020 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • This annual brunch is organized by the Social Justice Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Billerica. Their goal is to help educate the Billerica community on social justice issues, and to encourage us all to work toward the peace and justice for which Dr. King preached and died. One of THRIVE's core members will be on a panel sharing information about his experience and common challenges returning citizens face.
  • Location: Dale Hall, 2nd floor with an elevator, First Congregational Church in Billerica, 18 Andover Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
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Hitting the Concrete: A Criminal Justice Shabbat Panel & Dinner
Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 6pm
  • Temple Shir Tikvah is hosting dinner and a discussion about incarceration and reentry. Every year in Massachusetts, thousands of people are released from incarceration to start over. Their transition from confinement to freedom is daunting. Learn how you can help make a crucial difference as they strive to begin productive lives. We are honored to welcome guests Will Brownsberger, State Senator; Vin Lorenti, MA Office of Community Corrections; and Kim Yeasir and Fred Clay, Thrive Communities of Massachusetts.
  • Details: Catered dinner at 6, panel at 6:20. A $10 suggested donation supports the work of THRIVE Communities. RSVP by January 24.
  • Location: Temple Shir Tikvah, 34 Vine St, Winchester, MA 01890
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Circles of Support and Accountability Training
  • Saturday, February 29th, 2020 8:30am - 5:00pm 
  • THRIVE’s Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) training is an experiential exploration of the meaning, guidelines and impact of Restorative Circles in reentry. 
  • Cost $25, or free to individuals planning to become CoSA volunteers for at least 12 months. Start your volunteer application HERE.
Click here to register for THRIVE training
Thrive 2022: THRIVE is continuing with our three-year pledge campaign. In our first three years we have engaged community members in three major initiatives – Restorative Reentry, Community Building and Constituent Leadership.Over the next three years THRIVE Communities will continue to respond to this urgent need by reinforcing the foundation for local efforts and developing a clear mission-centered strategy to scale throughout Massachusetts. More details and opportunities to participate coming soon.

THRIVE Spotlight

My name is Devin Scott and I am the new Social Media Coordinator at THRIVE Communities of Massachusetts. I am a recent graduate from Western New England University, with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. I am extremely passionate about the work done here at THRIVE. I am a firm believer in the need for support from the community for returning citizens. I am excited to help our community grow.
My name is Leah Donohoe. I have over 15 years of experience working in the social services field. Most recently, I worked as a GPS counselor at MCI Shirley Medium where my passion for criminal justice reform began. Working in the prison system opened my eyes to many of the barriers and injustices people face when releasing from incarceration. People need a clear pathway when releasing back into society that ensures equality, compassion, and dignity. 
My name is Jesse Simoneau, I'm the new Media and Recruitment Fellow at Thrive Communities of MA. I'm a graduate of Thrive and a participating volunteer as well! I'm passionate regarding restorative reentry and wholeness in the community.
Give to THRIVE online via Communities for Restorative Justice

THRIVE Communities Massachusetts
175 Cabot St., Suite 100
Lowell, Ma 01845

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