Strive to Thrive – a Program of Family Outreach of Amherst





Who are we?

Strive to Thrive is a program that works with low-income young adults (16-30) and/or parents of all ages in Amherst and the surrounding towns. We support people in achieving greater self-sufficiency and stability for themselves and their families.


What do we do?

Strive to Thrive works with participants on an ongoing basis to ensure they have the support and resources they need to successfully accomplish their goals. For some people, these goals are geared towards employment, education, or community engagement.


For others, they need help accessing community resources and services, such as benefits, child care, etc. We also help with developing life skills, budgeting, and more. We work closely with Family Outreach of Amherst Caseworkers to provide direct service to people who need this kind of support.


How do you know if Strive to Thrive is right for you?

  • You are motivated to move forward with a goal, but just don’t know how.
  • Setting a goal is overwhelming and you simply need help.
  • You have tried working on goals before, and feel you need some help staying focused and committed.
  • Situations in your life have caused various kinds of instability and you need help accessing appropriate resources and services.


Examples of goals:

  • I want to get my high school equivalency.
  • I want to volunteer twice a week in the community.
  • I need to budget my money in a more effective way.
  • I need help doing a job search and creating a resume.
  • I want to work in a nursing home.
  • I need to access more community services.


Step-by-step Program Involvement

Don’t know what you want to do? That’s okay! Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm with us to determine the kinds of activities they are interested in, and the best way to pursue them.


Set the goal!  Once participants are ready, they will establish a step-by-step list of goals they want to work on.


Make a plan!  Strive to Thrive will work with participants to identify tasks to complete between meetings and to develop a plan to move in the right direction. Strive to Thrive will have regular contact with participants to ensure they are receiving the support resources they need to fill the tasks.


Do you feel like you only need one-time assistance? That’s okay! We are happy to work on your resume, or create a budget, even if that will only take one or two sessions.


Program Eligibility

  • Young adults (16-30) and/or people actively parenting.
  • Participants must meet income eligibility.
  • Participants must reside in Amherst or surrounding towns.
  • Participants must have the ability to get to the Family Outreach/Strive to Thrive office (401 Main St, Ste 12, Amherst).
  • Participants must have the ability to commit to working hard towards the goals created by participant and Strive to Thrive staff/volunteers.


Contact information:

401 Main St., Ste 12
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 548-1272
Program Manager: Rachel Condry
(413) 548-1272