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THRIVE provides both hotel and apartment move ins for
seven families from August through October.

The Koshelnyk Family from Ukraine.

The Almubasbas Family from Syria

The Karimi Family from Afghanistan

The Alrifaie Family from Syria

Not pictured:  Sabira Habibi and The Mousawi Family from Afghanistan

The Mapendo Family from

Democratic Republic of Congo

It Takes a Village:
Congolese Family of Seven Move In!

THRIVE, in conjuntion with AJAPO and Angels in Overalls, moved in a Congolese family of seven into their new home in June.  After several weeks of living in a hotel, this family was ready for some breathing space!  Donated gently-used furniture was delivered, bedrooms were prepared with new beds, bathroom and kitchen were set up, and finishing touches were added.  The three-bedroom apartment was finally ready for mom, dad, three daughters and two sons!  As we visited with dad and little Boaz and oriented them to their apartment, we could feel the joy and anticipation they were feeling as they prepared the home for the rest of the family with their luggage and personal belongings!

If you would like more information about how you can help prepare an apartment for a family, contact us at 

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World Refugee Day 2023
(Some photos courtesy of:  Moe Khaing (

THRIVE Supper Club:
An Evening in Afghanistan

February 19, 2023

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THRIVE Supper Club:
An Evening in Turkmenistan
September 2019

Our Turkmen hosts tell their story of coming to the United States in 2016.


Pauline Spring, Program Director of THRIVE, introduces our hosts to 60 guests (sold out!).

Our hosts earned nearly $1600 to help support their family and everyone came away with greater understanding of our new neighbors!


Supper Club guests getting to know their neighbors over a shared table of food and goodwill.

      THRIVE Supper Club:
  An Evening in Cameroon
            November 2019


.Roundtable at

LaRoche University

In March 2020, Pauline Spring (second from right) represented THRIVE at a panel entitled "Empowered Women Empower Women." The event took place at Kearns Spirituality Center on LaRoche University's campus. Representatives from a local gun control group and St. Paul United Methodist's Working for Justice group also shared about their work.


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