Chuck Morse, Thrive’s Executive Director, shares the following message after reflecting on Thrive’s Hurricane Ida direct relief work and what it means to serve the city of New Orleans:

To truly serve people in our city’s unpredictable environment, we must adapt to their needs.   

While year-round, we work under the mantra “from surviving to thriving,” we recognize that survival is the foundation from which people can begin to thrive. Hurricane Ida created barriers to survival for many in our community. In response, we repurposed our strong network and dedicated staff to fill in the gaps.

Our extended family of partners from across the South brought us literal truckloads of supplies: from non-perishable food to repair materials for mending leaks and damage. Together, we transformed Thrive 9th Ward’s community center into a resource hub. We were able to both go deep with how we serve individuals and also wide across the greater community; we equipped 750 total neighbors with exactly what they needed to restore their homes and lives after the storm.

Our programming is built around genuinely caring for the people of this city, which means that our model adaptable to whatever barriers they face.
Throughout this stressful time, our experts at LaunchNOLA have been guiding local business owners of New Orleans through complicated disaster assistance applications to help them get back on their feet. In the long-term, to better prepare for future natural disasters,  we are seeking both forward-thinking business owners who we will train to become leaders in the Green Infrastructure industry and dedicated workers who we can equip with niche stormwater management installation skills necessary for them to reconstruct their careers and the city. We are continuing to lay the (permeable) pathway for our city’s future.

After weeks on-the-ground, I am looking forward to seeing what can grow from the foundation we have worked to restore.

Read more stories about people we serve across New Orleans:

Charles Aponza, NOLA Environmental Entrepreneurs: Where are they now?

Who is managing and installing the green infrastructure projects underway across the City of New Orleans? Black business owners and trained workforce members, many who have been equipped through Thrive New Orleans stormwater management educational programs.

Biz New Orleans: Thrive & Partners Offer New Financial Wellness Program

Fund 17, Propeller and Thrive New Orleans have announced the creation of the Financial Wellness Collaborative sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Artist, Bernell, Designs a Groundbreaking Future for Himself and His City

A New Orleans local with a history of incarceration, using his creative talents to help with resilience efforts in the city.

Thrive @ New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Creative minds came together during NOEW 2022 and Thrive held 2 panels about racial equity in NOLA.

City of New Orleans Presents on Upcoming Green Infrastructure Opportunities for Businesses

As the National Disaster Resilience Operator for the city of New Orleans, we will continue to be a hub for information about Green Infrastructure and sustainability so that more dedicated business owners and workers can get involved.

“Living Proof”: Our Program Graduates and Newest Member of our Team Speak Side-by-side on Loyola’s Water Panel

We are proud of Willie, but also Arien and Luisa as they have become prominent green infrastructure advocates in the New Orleans community.

LaunchNOLA Green Grads Win big at PitchNOLA 2021

Meet Reedy Brooks, Nicole Nixon, and Greg Nixon: members of our LaunchNOLA Green Alumni who are being recognized for their important work to create a less flooded, more sustainable New Orleans.

Small Business
Academy & Support

A Thrive Cares Thanksgiving for New Orleans Seniors

Ms. Joy, soon-to-be director of Thrive’s newest pillar (Thrive Cares), spent Thanksgiving weekend with seniors in our community, bringing them the delicious meals, a bit of hope, and care.

Crisis Relief & Affordable Housing