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Leader of the Month: Alicia Horton

Posted on 08 December 2017

Hello, YXU Community!

Alicia, from Thrive DC here again.

It’s been a difficult couple of months for us.

In October, our budget was slashed by $400,000 due to funding cuts from the city government. We had to make some difficult decisions and reduce some of our programmatic activities.

We weren’t the only nonprofit in our area that experienced these changes and our clients will feel the effects.

But, together, we will get through this. And these funding cuts have reminded me of some important lessons that I think we can all use when times are tough.

Always be mission centered

Thrive DC’s mission is to end and prevent homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services. I keep our mission statement in mind everyday: when making big organizational decisions or carrying out our day-to-day tasks.

So when we had to make changes, we stayed committed to our mission. We continue to and will always be there to help individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty  stabilize their lives.

Determine your values, find your mission, and stick to it, no matter what.

You’re never alone

No person is an island and no organization is either. I never make a big decision before consulting people that I trust. I spoke with our Board of Directors, funding partners, and independent consultants before we made changes.

Trusted advice always helps.

Lean on your community

I’m not afraid to ask for help. And when we asked our community for help, they stepped up. They held fundraisers, became monthly donors, talked to their colleagues, and shared our story. We still have a ways to go before we replace the $400,000 we are missing, but I was so proud of the positive response from the people who care about Thrive DC.

It shows strength to ask for help when you need it.

Hard things are hard

President Obama kept a plaque on his desk that read “Hard things are hard”. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as we discover our new normal. Rebuilding takes time. Rebuilding is taxing. Rebuilding means bumps in the road. And that’s okay!

Hard things are hard. (this one doesn’t need paraphrasing)

In solidarity,


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