Category: Shine Newsletter

Entrepreneurial Thrivers Helping Others

Amy Rieth presenting fundraising check to staff member at American Red Cross in Worcester Massachusetts to aid victims of Hurricane Dorian. Hotdogs finished steaming, burgers stopped sizzling, and snacks are loaded in the van. It’s Wednesday night, and everyone at Thrive’s Pleasant Street residence is heading… Read More

A New Vision for Thrive’s Self-Advocacy Group

Self-advocacy, as defined by, “as the action of representing oneself or one’s views or interests.” Thrive’s Self-Advocacy Group has been working for many years with that definition as its foundation. In recent months, the group brought in two new staff advisors,… Read More

Superheroes Among Us

“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” —Bear Grylls Thriver Victoria Szarka getting ready to face her fear heading out to the zipline and ropes course at Boundless Adventures, Berlin, MA. We witness… Read More

Thrive Around Town

Thriver Cynthia Washer enjoying The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA. Looking to try a gym workout, stroll through indoor flower gardens, or take in the beauty of artistic masterpieces? Thanks to a new initiative through Thrive’s Family Support Center, participants can take advantage of these activities. Known as Thrive Around… Read More

Message from Mike - Fall/Winter 2019

  “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recently… Read More

LEADership in Action

Growing up, Kristen Camacho always wanted to earn her own money. Almost five years ago she moved from her parent’s house into one of Thrive’s community residences. Kristen shares a carriage house with another participant where she does her laundry, cleans her home, is learning to… Read More

Good Food Means Good Mood

It is said that food is the way to a person’s heart. On the third Tuesday of every month, almost one-hundred Thrive participants have full hearts thanks to the generosity of Marlboro’s Fraternal Order of Eagles #3565. Once a month for the past twenty-five years the… Read More

Life is Better with True Friends

People say that there is nothing on this earth more prized than true friendship. For many parents of youth with disabilities that is the missing link. Although their children find success in the classroom or at a job, what they are missing is the friend group to meet up with… Read More

Sharing Experiences Brings Families Together

Feeling supported by your community is paramount to making it through challenging times. Sharing your knowledge with others creates a community. These concepts are the starting point for the two new Thrive workshop opportunities Coffee & Conversation and Thriving for Knowledge. Both… Read More

Message From Mike Spring 2019

Recently, a visitor to Thrive’s headquarters remarked, “This place doesn’t feel like a nonprofit. It’s more of a tech startup environment.” I had to agree. There are many ways in which Thrive differs from most other human service providers. Here are just a few: Mike Rodrigues Thrive President & CEO… Read More