Why We Do It

Our Mission

Thrive for Change’s mission is to increase the health, hope, and healing of individuals living in communities with the highest needs through consumer-informed, collaborative initiatives.

Our Vision

Our vision is that every person will have equal opportunities to live a life free from trauma and disease.

Values

Operating with the “nothing about us without us” mentality, we strive to have those who have lived experience with behavioral health concerns engaged in all aspects of the organization. We provide employment and growth opportunities for those in recovery to find purpose and serve others.

Acknowledging that diversity is an asset, we embrace, respect, and appreciate differences in age, gender, ethnicity, education, physical abilities, race, and religion among individuals within our team, partners, and those we serve

We want to provide our team and volunteers with an organizational environment that is in line with their purpose and values, allowing them to be intrinsically motivated to do excellent, meaningful work.

Honoring our funders and partners, we are committed to producing outcomes that show a return on investment in the community.

Believing that the problems we are working to solve are community issues, we strive to work as a team internally and with outside organizations towards the greater good, fighting against the competition that often exists in the nonprofit sector.

FAQ's

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.”

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To us, harm reduction involves meeting people where they are at in their journey with drug use to demonstrate love free from judgment and shame and provide them with the resources to move towards healthier living.

Research shows that harm reduction efforts significantly:

  1. Reduce the incidence and spread of diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV.
  2. Reduce unintentional drug overdoses and fatalities.
  3. Increase access and engagement in treatment and recovery resources.
  4. Decrease healthcare costs.

Naloxone is an overdose reversal medication that works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and restoring breathing. Naloxone comes in various forms, but is most commonly known for the name brand nasal spray called Narcan.

“Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts.  The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological.  Exploitation of a minor for commercial sex is human trafficking, regardless of whether any form of force, fraud, or coercion was used.” – Justice.gov

Substance use disorders are common among human trafficking victims. Individuals facing trauma and addiction are more vulnerable to becoming a victim of human trafficking. Traffickers may exploit individuals due to their use or may use drugs to keep victims from leaving.