The Thrive House
The creators of The Thrive House are dedicated to offering life skills to urban youth in a safe, creative and beautiful environment. Select partners are invited to use the house after school and on weekends to provide a foundation of skills and counseling to the children they serve.
Initial Thrive House Partners
The San Francisco Housing Authority (7.06 - 8.06)
Friends of the Children, San Francisco
Current Thrive House Partners
Friends of The Children
The Village Project
Edgewood Center for Children & Families
The Current Use of The House
The house is currently used as an after-school safe haven for 6 - 18 year-olds at-risk and privileged youth. The kids come to the house to learn life skills and to receive homework support.
Located in a convenient and inspiring location, the house is also available to use on weekday and weekend evenings to organizations dedicated to helping urban youth thrive.
Location of The Thrive House
The house is located at the corner of Broderick and Eddy in the Anza Vista / Western Addition neighborhood -- three blocks south of Kaiser Hospital.
This beautiful home on a hill with a lap pool and panoramic view of the city is located in the center of San Francisco. It is the perfect location for a safe haven for kids living in nearby neighborhoods.
Advantages of This San Francisco Location
On street parking is readily available seven days a week.
The house is located one block from the Divisadero & Eddy bus lines and three-and-a-half blocks from the Geary bus line.
Why This Location?
During the fifteen years Jennifer King & Tim Fredel, the current owners of the house lived in this neighborhood, the need to help under-served kids in San Francisco became more and more pronounced with every gun shot, and coinciding horror story.
One of the audacious goals of The Thrive House is to create opportunities for both under privileged and privileged youth to interact in a natural and safe environment.
Who is Behind The Creation of The Thrive House?
Jennifer King, founding trustee of Thrive Foundation for Youth and donor of The Thrive House
Timothy Fredel, founding trustee of Thrive Foundation for Youth and donor of The Thrive House
Antony Thier, creator of HealThier Fitness and Director of The Thrive House programs
Thuy Nguyen, Director of The Thrive House
Shawn Connolly, Caretaker of The Thrive House
Rugged Elegance Select Establishment owners and interior designers who helped to furnish the house.
Why Invest Time at The Thrive House?
Have you ever wanted to significantly impact the physical, emotional and/or spiritual lives of under privileged children living in (vs. near) a challenging urban environment?
Now you can, when you become a volunteer at the first-ever Thrive House for Youth.
If a house has a soul than this one no-doubt is calling to have the owners return it to its roots.
Jennifer King & Timothy Fredel, creators of BioSpace.com, Inc. (founded at 1915 Eddy Street in 1994) and Rugged Elegance LLC (founded in 2000), and the parents of two young children with Type 1 Diabetes, are dedicated to helping young people thrive. For fours years, they filled this home with love and tlc. Beginning in July 2006, Jennifer and Tim returned their house to its roots. Forty years ago, 1100 Broderick Street served as The Fillmore Fell Group Home for emotionally disturbed girls. Three summers ago, the creators of the house worked with the San Francisco Housing Authority to develop a pilot program for kids. Art, cooking, computer and counseling classes were offered to ten children who live in the Pitts Plaza low income housing development a block away. A cookbook of the meals created together was born out of this pilot program. Today, The Thrive House has established partnerships with some of the best positive youth-oriented organizations in San Francisco. Friends of The Children alone serve 48 of the most at-risk youth in the city.
The house features:
A Library / Counseling / Resource Center
-- with a working fireplace, leaded-glass doors, and stained glass windows which create a warm, safe and private environment
A Kitchen with enough room for 6 budding Student Chefs
-- two dishwashers, two ovens, a SubZero refrigerator, a professional five-burner stove and a walk-in pantry.
Give a kid a piece of bread and they will eat for a day. Teach a kid to make a loaf of bread and they will eat well for a childhood!
Two Private Rooms Upstairs for Counseling
-- one room has a fireplace and a view of City Hall, and serves as perfect crisis counseling room
-- two California Closets, one that is used for costumes, hats and jewelry for the kids' acting classes, and one filled with prom dresses that the girls are free to borrow for their special night
Other Facility Features
-- a large, colorful, Oasis-like computer room with six Macs and three PCs -- a separate laundry room to teach kids how to wash their own clothes -- lots of storage for games and art supplies
-- a garage which has been converted into an after school gym
-- a sophisticated security system
Other Location Assets
-- the home is seven blocks from The Painted Ladies and Alamo Square
-- it is a five minute drive to Golden Gate Park (the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Children's Playground) and Alta Plaza Park
Unique Features of The Thrive House
-- a large entertainment area on the main floor
-- a gourmet kitchen
-- two working fireplaces
-- two decks: one with a view of Pacific Heights, the other is a roof deck which offers a Panoramic view of the city
-- a thirty-foot long lap pool under a thirty-foot tall palm tree
-- parking on the street is readily available evenings and weekends
What are the Current Needs of The Thrive House for Youth?
Please consider volunteering your time at our day-time safe haven for children who are attempting to not only survive but thrive in a challenging urban environment.
If you would like to contribute to the operational expenses of the house, please contact Thuy Nguyen at 415.867.8500. Thank you!
To see interior and exterior shots of The Thrive House, click below:
The Thrive House for Youth
1100 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94115