Thrive in the 05

ASU OCHER founded the Thrive in the 05 initiative in Tucson, Arizona in 2017. 

Tucson CHOICE Neighborhoods

The Choice Neighborhoods project aims to address the needs of the distressed Tucson House public housing community and surrounding THRIVE in the 05 neighborhoods. This place-based, comprehensive planning and action project will result in a transformation plan to build assets and holistically address needs across housing, people, education, and neighborhood outcome areas. ASU OCHER serves as the research partner and lead for the CHOICE People and Education component.

REACH AZ

ASU OCHER launched REACH AZ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. REACH AZ is a warm helpline for older adults in Tucson to connect to volunteers in order to promote social connection and to prevent isolation and loneliness. Older adults in Tucson can call 1-833-REACH AZ and connect with a REACH AZ volunteer. Individuals can also sign up for weekly social calls where a volunteer will call them, check in, and chat.

Helping Hands Care Project

COVID-19 has exacerbated needs for everyday essential items among Thrive in the 05 community members. To respond to this need, we launched the Helping Hands initiative, which focuses on delivering essential supplies to Thrive in the 05 households in need. In July 2020, we were awarded a $20,000 COVID-19 Relief grant from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to support our Helping Hands initiative. To date, we have delivered close to 1,000 helping hands care packages to residents throughout the community, including the Tucson House residents and in the Old Pascua neighborhood.

Thrive in the 05 Resource Café

THRIVE in the 05 Resource Cafés began in May 2020 as a way for local organizations to communicate with Thrive residents about services, supports, and resources, especially related to COVID-19 resources. The Thrive in the 05 Resource Café features short interviews with community organizations. Residents can access the Resource Café via phone by calling into the Zoom webinar, via @asuocher on Facebook Live, or through the Thrive in the 05 website. To date, Resource Cafes have featured the local school district, government, health department, tribal council, library, food bank, utility providers, first responders, and a number of nonprofit groups serving families, children, older adults, and small businesses.

Shreveport Community Based Crime Reduction

ASU OCHER is the research partner for the Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) initiative in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Shreveport CBCR Project is working toward building a neighborhood that is safe, healthy, vibrant and thriving where residents, law enforcement officers and community partners work collectively to ensure every child, youth and adult has the opportunity to maximize their life outcomes. To achieve that vision, Shreveport CBCR has four goals: 1) Positively influence factors that foster social disorganization and drivers of crime, and integrate crime control, public safety and prevention efforts with housing, education, health and economic development strategies of the Shreveport Choice Neighborhood; 2) Effectively use data and research to examine the drivers of crime around hot spots, assess community members’ perceptions of crime, guide the development of innovative and effective strategies, and evaluate implementation to guide future programming and assess effectiveness; 3) Increase community engagement and empower residents as leaders in shaping crime prevention and revitalization efforts by building collective efficacy, social cohesion and trusting relationships between residents, law enforcement and cross-sector partners; 4) Build capacity of residents, partners and City leadership to address and prevent crime, and to promote sustainable collaboration through a collective impact framework with cross-sector partners to tackle problems from multiple angles with a multitude of leveraged and aligned resources.

Our IMPACT 

ASU OCHER Earns 2021 ASU President's Medal for Social Embeddedness