THRIVE Peninsula

December 11, 2018



Every day, thousands of Virginia Peninsula residents endure financial hardship- struggling to survive. THRIVE Peninsula is a faith-based 501c-3 non-profit that provides a vital safety net along with practical tools to overcome their situation and thrive!


Among its services are 1-on-1 financial coaching, emergency rent and utility assistance, food pantry services, transportation aid and more. All individuals and families who receive financial relief sit a financial coach who will help them build their personal household budget and provide other relevant financial tools to help them on their journey.


In April 2018 the Eviction Lab found that Hampton and Newport News cities had the 3rd and 4th highest evictions rates in the country. THRIVE receives thousands of calls each year from local residents who are behind on their rent and are afraid they will lose the roof over their head. The organization is seeking donations to its Emergency Family Fund that will provide relief directly to local families to prevent impending eviction.


(THRIVE Peninsula (Denbigh United Christian Outreach - DUCO est. 1973) serves Virginia Peninsula individuals and families facing economic hardship.)






Emergency Aid

Helping people establish a foundation for financial self- sufficiency (as funds are available), this introductory program includes:

o   comprehensive personal household  budget assessment, education and advocacy

o   emergency financial assistance (for eligible applicants) for “crisis” situations, such as prevention of:

§  eviction/homelessness

§  utility cut-offs (electric, natural gas, water, sanitation)

o   information & referral services linking people with appropriate support services.


Financial Coaching

Enhanced program services designed to assist and encourage people in achieving financial independence include:

o   extended one-on-one, tailored financial mentorship

o   accountability and livelihood skills coaching

o   debt management planning

o   credit score improvement


Food Pantry Services

Our emergency food assistance includes fresh produce, frozen meats, deli and bakery foods as well as non-perishable items. Families are able to “shop” in our food pantry for the items they need, which reduces food waste.

Partner Church Network

THRIVE acts a central financial aid clearinghouse for 75 local churches and community groups. Our mission has been sustained throughout the decades by faithful partnerships with our covenant congregations and other community contributors. Virginia Peninsula churches can join this collaborate network, minimize duplication of services, and increase sound stewardship of resources.