Events:  Please join us at our next event!

Pint of Thrive, Pint of Love II
Beer and pizza night at Osgood Brewing will be on April 27that from 5pm to 9pm.  It includes games, a silent auction, and will feature music by local artists! Tickets are $35 each, 2 for $50, kids for $5. You can also purchase a table of 6 ahead of time for $125 or individual tickets ahead of time for $30, two for $45. Pizza buffet and tickets for two beers (or sodas) included in price. Ice cream sundae bar available for purchase from approximately 7:30 to 8:00.
You can purchase tickets online by clicking on the "Donate Now" button and writing "Pint II" in the information field.
Email or call us for more information!
Every Sunday- ESL class from 11:00 to 12:30 at office location - please join us!

Join us for our next volunteer training session.  This is the first step to becoming involved in helping refugees in the community through our program.  Learn about refugee issues and how you can help! If there is not one currently scheduled, we will be happy to arrange a one- on- one session with you.
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: South Wyoming United Methodist Church
Call  (616) 206-4477 or email us at refugeesupportgr@hotmail.com for more information about any of these events.
Recent Events:
The Inaugural Barnstormer for Thrive music event took place on August 25- 26.  This amazing event featured 12 local bands who donated their time to perform at The Barn.  In addition to music, other talented people offered henna art from Avaeus Od Vrana, painting with Mrs. T., balloon art, fishing, and other activities!  Special Thanks go to The Wheeler Family Foundation, LDT Construction, and Formula Automatic for sponsoring this event!
Also thank you to all the musicians:
Potato Moon
 Hawks and Owls String Band and caller Jim
Nicholas James and The Bandwagon
Hannah Rose and The End of the World Family Band
The Weatherheads
Strawberry Heritage
The Muteflutes
The Beanpoles
Thrive Refugee Choir
Susan Picking
Badenya Drum and Dance
Over the summer Thrive and Lutheran Social Services collaborated to host two Nutrition and Cooking classes to our refugee women.  The first day focused on nutrition information and how to read ladies at the grocery store, while the second day featured a trip to the Farmer's Market and a cooking class for healthy American- style food.  The women especially enjoyed eating lunch the second day!!!
On March 31st, we gave the parents a break and had Refugee Kids' Fun Day!  The kids were able to play games, do crafts, learn about computers, get their faces painted, and more!  Thanks to all the extra volunteers who showed up to help with this event!
Thrive was invited to the WYCE Jammies on February 14th, and collected non- perishable food items for our families, as well as a truck load full of clothing that was donated to a local resettlement program.  Take a look at all the food that was collected!

In January and July we hosted Smile Dental Clinic to come to Thrive and check and clean teeth for ALL of our refugee children who had not seen a dentist.
23 refugees were seen for the first time by an American Dentist in January, and about the same number were seen for the first time or had a second visit in July.

On Nov. 22nd we had a celebration for Thrive's officially becoming a non- profit and for E.D. Jessica Gladden's 35th birthday party.
Three bands played: Youz Guyz, The Beanpoles and Badenya Drum and Dance at Stone House Recording Studio.  We had a great time, raised a lot of money for the program and gave away some excellent raffle prizes!  Thanks for joining us for the celebration!




Thrive's "Pre-clinic Clinic" to help prepare the paperwork for Justice for Our Neighbor's Legal Clinic.  After one year refugees are required to change their legal status to legal permanent resident.  Thrive helped 29 refugees fill out paperwork for themselves or their children, and sent them on to JFON for the meeting with the lawyers.
Special Thanks to ToolSelect.com, Formula Automatic, LDT COnstruction Services and Home Inspection Services of Michigan for being business sponsors for the Hat Trick show!
David Olney and Sergio Webb performed at the WYCE Hat Track show, with donations going to Thrive!

Stride and Ride and Ride for Refuge Fundraisers - together we raised almost $3,000!  Great job team!


THRIVE OPENING EVENT took place on  June 20th, 2011 - World Refugee Day.  We celebrated the beginning of our agency with an evening of African Dance by Badenya Drumming Ensemble and an introduction to our program.  It was followed by the film "Welcome to Shelbyville" and discussion hosted by Bethany Christian Services.
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Badenya at Thrive's Opening Event
WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2011:  The Red Cross and other area refugee agencies hosted an event for World Refugee Day on June 25th.  Performers and speakers ran from 11am- 4pm and many area agencies, including Thrive, had booths with information.  We also had a craft booth with items from Kenya for sale!  This event was a great success with about 300 people attending.

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