My introduction to Bridge Communities began as a volunteer in 2010 and grew into a position helping the organization as they grow their capabilities to serve a larger homeless family population. With strong fiduciary oversight and lean operations expenses, Bridge Communities dedicates their resources and focus to the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless families. Their staff members are engaged and compassionate, and the more than 750 graduate families who are no longer homeless are a testament to their impact and influence towards making a difference in our world.
Bridge Communities is a non-profit that makes real differences in the lives of the people it helps. Not only does Bridge help families with their immediate need to have housing, Bridge also gives these families tools to help them create a secure future for themselves. I am also impressed that much of Bridge's work is done in partnership with volunteer mentors who work closely with the families. I am happy to support Bridge Communities and their efforts to make measurable differences in the lives of the people they help.
I have participated in Bridge Communities' Sleep Out Saturday for the past two years, and both times, I have been so glad I did it. It is a truly difficult experience, but it really creates empathy for the families served by Bridge and gives you a better appreciation of what they had to go through. As I have found out more and more about Bridge, I am really glad to support their organization and see more families get back on their feet. All the staff I have met have been a great mix of professionals and really care about the homeless families they serve. All in all, I find Bridge to be a fantastic organization that is worthy of support.
I am a firm believer in the old adage of "There but for the grace of God, go I." I believe in Bridge and volunteer because Bridge is working to break the cycle of homelessness. To me the philosophy of teaching someone how to change their lifestyle to become independent and self sufficient, instead of just giving them a quick fix, is the meaning of success. The families establish pride and ownership in themselves and teach their children how to become successful adults. The concept of a hand up instead of a hand out! The staff are dedicated, caring professionals who go beyond the norm to make sure that their families succeed. They become honorary family members. It is not a job for them, it is a calling.
As a volunteer for Bridge Communities, I can honestly say I have never worked with a more dedicated, professional group of individuals who are truly committed to their work and their mission. Homelessness must be addressed and Bridge does this in a way that doesn't diminish the dignity of any family who needs help. Part of this is making the family realize that this is not a handout. They, in return for the help they receive, must dedicate themselves to the tasks at hand. There are those that have trouble committing to the Bridge path of success. Those who have completed the program have moved on to fulfilling lives. Volunteering, in any way, has made me realize even more than ever, what a great life I have and how much others need help and guidance. Thank God for Bridge Communities!
As one of the program partner parishes that Bridge Communities works with, I can say that they are one of the the most well organized, professionally staffed, and truly committed groups I have had the opportunity to work with. Bridge Communities has assisted our parish's transitional housing ministry in the early formation, through it's growth and into it's maturity. There staff has always been avaialble to assist us in any crisis, challenge or celebration. We have had the opportunity to use all the resources that Bridge provides. The educational coordinator, the employment coordinator, the executive director, the president and, most especially the case manager assigned to our group, have always been avaialble to us and willing to help us and be creative in solutions to help our clients on the road back to self-sufficiency. Bridge is a great group, with a great mission and a great deal of committment to what they do. We are thankful to be associated with them.
I am with one of the community partners helping provide mentors and financial support for Bridge families. Our church is much enriched by this relationship, as our volunteers are able to work with families striving to regain solid financial footing knowing that all of the professional resources Bridge provides are available to them. While the mentors visit their families weekly for budget guidance and emotional support, Bridge offers case management, tutoring, job assistance, and counseling for the clients. They are also the landlord of the apartments and secure a car for guest families as well. They screen the applicants to try and find families who have a desire and potential for success in the program. We would not be able to offer Transitional Housing assistance without them.
Bridge Communities was something I had never heard of until members of my family were taken into the program. They were taught a great deal by the bridge volunteers, so that they now are back on their feet and self sufficient and helping others. It was a wonderful learning experience for the children too. They learned to do without, so when they do get things now, they are extremely greatful. Thank You to all the volunteers for their many hours of service and love, for I feel that is what drives them all. Love.
Bridge does a wonderful job of rescuing people who are on the edge of homelessness and providing them with a group of mentors that want them to succeed. Bridge works with various organizations who sponsor the family with a free apartment for two years. Bridge helps with training for the mentors and after school help and tutoring for the children. it is a powerful partnership that works to the benefit of the family at risk.