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     Hello! It may officially be Spring, but it looks like Winter wants to hold here in New England for just a little while longer. It may be cold outside, but our hearts are always warmed by everything THRIVE's generous volunteers and donors do to advance the mission of strengthening community around adults returning from incarceration. To help all of you do that, we wanted to share a few updates and ways to get involved!


  • There is now a public THRIVE Google Calendar, where you can see all events hosted or sponsored by THRIVE, including trainings, Pass the Gravy, Soup's On, fundraisers, and more! The calendar can be found here, where you can view it, or add it to your personal Google Calendar.
  • CoSA Graduation! THRIVE‚Äôs second ever CoSA team completed the 12-month CoSA commitment this March! We celebrate the relationships and resilience that were forged during this past year among our volunteers, staff, and core member. We look forward to nurturing community together for years to come! Congratulations and thank you!


  • Upcoming: CoSA Training
    • Friday, April 6 (4:30 - 8:30pm) & Saturday, April 7 (9am - 4:30pm)
    • A two day-long experiential exploration of the meaning, guidelines, and impact of Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). This training is required for all CoSA volunteers.
    • Register or Learn More
  • Upcoming: Trivia Night Fundraiser
    • Thursday, April 26 (7 - 9pm)
    • Join Thrive for a pub quiz fundraiser hosted by Geeks Who Drink! Teams of up to 6 players will compete in creative rounds testing their knowledge of topics ranging from pop culture to sports to geography--not to mention two audio rounds and a visual round!
    • Learn More
  • Ongoing: Pass the Gravy
    • Every Tuesday (6 - 8:30pm)
    • A weekly event building community resilience from cycles of incarceration. Join us as we gather around the table to share a meal, our triumphs, and our struggles while we support each other through it all.
    • Learn More
  • Upcoming: Soup's On
    • Starting Thursday April 12 (6 - 8pm)
    • Organized by Worcester's CoSA team, Soup's On will be a community meal conversation similar to Pass The Gravy. So if you live near Worcester, you can now take part!
    • Learn More
Other Events
  • Upcoming: Expanding the Circle
    • Wednesday, April 11 (6 - 9pm)
    • Hosted by C4RJ (THRIVE's fiscal sponsor)
    • A party and fundraiser celebrating 18 years of C4RJ-community-police partnerships with live music, a light supper, and silent auction. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will be guest speaker.
    • Register or Learn More
  • Upcoming: A Day of Nonviolence Skills Training
    • Saturday, April 7 (9am - 5pm)
    • A workshop presented by the Meta Peace Team. Participants will practice communication skills to deescalate violence, find common ground, and respond as bystanders when someone else is being verbally or physically abused.
    • Register or Learn More
Give to THRIVE online via Communities for Restorative Justice

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

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