Our Name

According to the Longman dictionary, thrive means “to become very successful or very strong and healthy”.  It is our hope and prayer that students and participants in our programs will not just “get by” but will thrive in their current situations and future plans as they adapt to life in America and/or interact cross-culturally.

Mission Statement

Thrive equips people from diverse cultures with increased language proficiency and cultural competence as well as provides immigration legal assistance and opportunities to integrate with and serve the community.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Students of all religions, colors, national/ethnic origins, sexual orientations, and immigration statuses are welcome at Thrive International Programs. We are excited to have new students and participants from any background.  The teachers and volunteers aim to treat everyone  with dignity and care as we believe the Bible instructs.  We are glad to share about our faith if students ask or wish to read about it.  However, we encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect and honor students’ right to freely practice their own religions.  When possible, we make accommodations for special food requirements, prayer times, customs, and holidays of different religions.  Our desire is to deliver excellence to serve our neighbors through our advertised services of education, legal services, and community building opportunities.

Official Policy: Thrive International Programs shall admit students/participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students within the programs. It shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other program-administered activities.

Why did we start?

The program started in 2011 as the International Program at Calvary Baptist Church.  It began to help with an unmet need for community-based ESL classes.  It also began from a love of being with people from other cultures.  The following are key Bible verses which have also influenced the start and continuation of the program:

Genesis 1:27a ~ “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.”

Leviticus 19:33-34 ~ “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

Matthew 22:39 ~ “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We are passionate about coming alongside those in our community from other cultures and providing opportunities to help them and their families thrive.  We also actively believe their full participation in the community helps the community to thrive.

Thrive is now its own non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status and has expanded to include immigration legal services and foreign language learning opportunities.

Program Goals

ESL Class Goals

1. to help students improve their English skills for community activities, social activities, parenting, work, future academic studies, and the citizenship exam.

2. to help students gain strategies and experience to continue learning English outside of class

3. to help students increase their confidence using English

4. to help students understand American culture and reflect on the process of adjusting to a new culture

5. to help students obtain basic computer literacy skills for language learning and daily life

6. to help connect students with each other and with the local community

Spanish Class Goals

1. to help students improve their Spanish skills to

  • interact socially with Spanish speakers in our community
  • use Spanish at work or in volunteer activities
  • prepare for future academic studies
  • travel abroad

2. to help students gain strategies and experience for learning Spanish or another foreign language

3. to help students increase their confidence using Spanish

4. to help students learn more about cultural diversity, cultures that use Spanish, and empathy for language learners

Language Cafe Goals

1.  to provide a welcoming opportunity for those learning English to have casual conversation practice

1.  to provide a welcoming opportunity for those learning other languages to have casual conversation practice

3.  to provide opportunities to for members of different cultures to make positive connections to build community and cross-cultural understanding

Immigration Legal Service Goals

1. to provide visible, accessible, competent immigration legal services including help evaluating options and risks as well as completing USCIS applications to low income and vulnerable immigrants

2. to provide education about immigration in general and specific immigration issues in the community

3. to advocate for humane immigration policies