To achieve health equity for Black same-gender-loving men through direct support advocacy and building collective community power.


To end death, shame and stigma for Black same-gender-loving men living with HIV.

On May 4th, 2015, THRIVE SS was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The company seeks to provide support for Black same gender loving men living with HIV in the Metropolitan Atlanta area by serving as a platform to build community and to share pertinent, lifesaving information, thus creating a pathway to improving health equity.

To achieve this goal, THRIVE SS developed the Undetectables Model. This combines online support, in-person support and social or “Judy” support to rapidly and effectively address the issues faced by Black people living with HIV.

These issues include:

    • Reaching viral suppression or “Undetectable” status
    • Disclosing their HIV status
    • Addressing needs such as housing, employment, and medical care.
    • Finding support networks of persons with similar lived experiences and cultural backgrounds.

THRIVE SS strives to be a leader in advocating for communities of color, and, in so doing, serve as a model that inspires other jurisdictions around the country. The company aims to continuously engage our communities and organizations to build collective power, and to use said power to end the HIV epidemic.

2019 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2022 Strategic Plan


Larry L. Walker

Executive Director

Dwain Bridges

Director of Ops. & Fin.

Malcolm Reid

Director of Programs

Michael Morris

Operations Coordinator

Larry Hester

Operations Manager

David Folkes

Community Health Outreach Manager

Cody Henry

PROMISE Project Coordinator

Darriyhan Edmond

Peer Support Specialist

Jamie Shank

L.C. Program Coordinator

Ja’Mel Ware

Project Manager

Darryl “D.C.” Branch

Program Coordinator

Joe Robinson

Program Coordinator

Paul WIlson

Data & Security Manager

Kennedi Lowman

Community Member Engagement Manager

Kenny Okafor

Self Love & Acceptance Manager

Kamori Myers

Testing Coordinator

Latonia Wilkins

Case Manager

Reginald Austin

Linkage Coordinator

Tony Price

Linkage Coordinator

Jasmine Ford

Project Innovate Coordinator


Our team is committed to fostering and sustaining a workplace environment where all members feel valued, heard, supported, and empowered to achieve our mission.

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