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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: The bridge over troubled waters, inc. (the bridge) is a comprehensive crisis intervention and prevention agency in southeast harris county that provides residential, non-residential, and community outreach programs that focus on domestic/sexual violence and homelessness. The bridge exists to offer support, provide safety, and prevent domestic and sexual violence.

Programs: Emergency shelter services - increases the health, safety, and stability of women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness. This is accomplished by providing safe-shelter, on-site childcare, nutrition, crisis intervention, and access to all women's and educational services (described below),including legal advocacy and case management. During the year ended december 31, 2014, 784 women and children were assisted for an average of 46 days. Total shelter days were 36,050 for the year.

long-term housing - the transitional and permanent housing programs assist individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency by subsidizing rent; subsidizing childcare; providing assistance in developing a long-term plan; and providing access to all women's and educational services (described below). The long-term housing program served 152 women and children during the year.

childcare services - childcare services are offered to clients of the emergency shelter and long term housing programs. Individualized, age-appropriate services help children to heal from crisis and overcome developmental gaps. Services include support groups; counseling; enrichment trips; tutoring; mentoring; and public school advocacy. This program served 463 children during the year.

women's services - women's services are provided to residential and nonresidential clients. Services include casework; a twenty-four hour hotline; information and referrals; safety planning; counseling; employment services; advocacy, legal and twenty-four hour medical accompaniment; support groups; and life skills programs. This program served 9,505 individuals during the year.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bridge has provided me with an exceptional experience. Being a part of the team here allows me to see first hand the heartfelt efforts of caring people. In a world filled with turmoil and hardships, the Bridge gives a safe haven. I have listened to our residents speak of the despair and hardships they have endured and feel the up most respect for their courage to overcome and survive. The entire team at the Bridge has been a lifeline for these survivors and aides in their continued success. I am honored to have met and worked along side them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Estoy muy orgullosa de ser voluntaria del 'Bridge'. A comparación de otros sitios de ayuda a la comunidad, este refugio tiene bien entendido la filosofía de asistencia al prójimo. Puedo decir con certeza que el personal es extraordinario y siempre ve por el bienestar del cliente. Es un gran honor poder ser parte de un sanctuario (por decir), donde la meta principal es fortalecer el aura emocional, sentimental y espiritual del individuo.
-A. Tamayo.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! I interned with the development manager at the Bridge Over Troubled Waters the spring semester of 2017. This experience opened my eyes to how much passion and work the bridge puts into helping survivors, in and out of their shelter, to rebuild their lives. This experience was truly a blessing, it helped me realize that I want my future career to be in social work. I learned that the logo for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters symbolized people crossing a bridge from the darkest parts of their lives to the light of their future. Working with the development manager and helping her plan their annual fundraiser I learned how fundamentally important volunteers and fundraisers are to the the bridge and have been working on getting more involved volunteering there now that my mentorship is over. I encourage caring and hard working people to get involved with the bridge! There are so many different volunteer opportunities and ways to help. Make a difference. Help these survivors get to the light.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,

I would like to share my experience as a volunteer at the bridge over troubled waters. While being there I saw women and families in need of shelter. Not only did the bridge assist with providing a shelter to the homeless, but they also provided food, moral support, furniture, transportation etc. The staff is amazing,genuine, kind. Always available when needed, very helpful and comforting. A place I would feel comfortable in having anyone sheltered in.


Sincerely,
Blanca Serrano