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These bricks are deficits of hope, lack of purpose, one day at a time living, the idea that gang life is “family life”, that drug and alcohol abuse are means of escape, and that accountability for actions is a sign of weakness. These entrenched mindsets bring nothing but despair. The truth is, however, that all these negative and deadly elements can be a springboard to life-change.

This truth is the impetus behind the Thrive Center’s mission. It is based on this truth and the proclamation of the Gospel that we seek to turn the stronghold’s brick into ash.