For all children to have the opportunity to grow, succeed, and become valuable members of our community.
Who They Are and What They Do
To thrive is “to make steady progress; prosper.” To thrive is “to grow vigorously; flourish.” To thrive is “to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.” That is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. At Thrive in Bozeman, Montana, this is exactly what happens. Everyday people are thriving, in every aspect of this word – making steady progress, growing, flourishing, and realizing goals. Thrive started over thirty years ago with the primary intention of preventing child abuse and neglect. Today, it runs five major programs which serve families with children of all ages in a variety of capacities.
These programs are based on research-supported principles and practices that are implemented by trained professionals who seek to advance the goals of the people they serve. They include Girls for a Change, the Child Advancement Project (CAP), Parent Liason, Parent Place, and the Partnership Project. Thrive meets families where they are, providing them with resources, opportunities, professional services, and one-on-one help in order to reach their goals.
The Partnership Project and BACF
This past year, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation had the opportunity to help fund Thrive’s Partnership Project. True to Thrive’s mission, the purpose of the Partnership Project is to provide young families (those with children 0-5 years old) with the support they need in order to be successful. Whether that is sitting down and talking about parenting, how to navigate food assistance programs, where to find quality child care, or gaining access to mental health services, Thrive is there to help. There is no cost and no requirements.
Often, Thrive receives referrals from friends or families of clients, from the hospital or an OB clinic, or even a self-referral. From there, Family Support Workers at Thrive visit with the family to discuss their goals and needs. Each family is unique and has their own specific aspirations for what they will accomplish while working with a coach at Thrive. To encourage relationship-building and community, Thrive also hosts monthly meetings called Fab Families as part of the Partnership Program. Each month, families who are in the program are invited to spend time together doing something fun such as hiking, swimming, a dinner out together, or an informational meeting on how to make the perfect bubble bath.
While Thrive offers this diverse array of resources for families, nothing is mandated. Family Support Workers are there to support and encourage their clients by helping them identify and pursue their goals. One such client has been with her Thrive coach for four years. After having a baby at fifteen years old, she had a lot to take on. Since then, she has made huge accomplishments, from getting her drivers license, to furthering her education, to advocating for her child at health care facilities. More than that, she has grown significantly in confidence.
Thanks to Thrive, families have somewhere to go when they simply need someone to sit down with them, talk, and then walk with them as they take purposeful steps toward their goals. These steps, whether big or small, are so much easier with someone else there to guide, coach, and encourage. That’s when change happens. That’s when we grow vigorously and flourish, despite or because of circumstances.
If you want to share in the joy of being a part of Thrive, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities as well as ways to give! From mentoring to hosting workshops to event planning, there are a variety of options to choose from. Check out their website or contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can get involved.