I have worked in the public schools with gang- and court-involved youth for the past 20 years and have regularly used Bridge as a resource when I can find no other supports for my students.
Bridge does an outstanding job picking up where schools, homeless shelters, and social service organizations leave off. They serve young people who are homeless, providing them with everything from a warm shower to counseling to GED classes, in addition to housing.
While their counselors are often young and inexperienced, at worst they serve as a listening ear and at best they can refer clients to all kinds of necessary services. Richard Brunson, who is a veteran counselor, is truly gifted at what he does and any young person would be well-served to work with him.
Bridge is a remarkable organization doing invaluable work. I first became aware of the organization through its mobile medical van service making a stop in Harvard Square. The van is a respite on wheels, where young people can receive medical information or referrals, first aid, or even a just cup of hot chocolate.
I began donating to Bridge and have sustained my giving because of the comprehensive approach. The teens that come to Bridge are not homeless - they are formerly homeless because from the second they connect, they have a home at Bridge. They have an extensive network of support - educational, medical, dental, job training, and parenting resources in addition to access to technology, a safe and secure place, peers who become friends, and adults who are outspoken advocates on their behalf. A warm, safe shelter is always available. Every night.
I know the money I pledge is being put to great use. One of the most recent stories that was shared with me was of a Bridge alum in college who, unlike her classmates, did not have a home to return to during breaks. Advocates from Bridge worked with the university to ensure she could stay in her dorm during these times. I love that the support, commitment and problem solving never comes to an end.
1 star is a overstatement. I called to simply find out if they had openings for volunteers and the person on the phone in the outreach department was EXTREMELY rude. I have never been treated so poorly by a so called professional in my entire life. I was inquiring about VOLUNTEERING HOURS and this person said I was stupid for having called the outreach department, when it was the operator who connected me there. He proceeded to yell at me, laugh at me for my inquiry with a hostile and aggressive manner. I am so flabbergasted at how I was treated that I told him I wanted to be connected with his manager and he hung up on me. Then I called back and asked the operator to connect me and she talked to me with the same indecent and terrible attitude. This organization is run by the ignorant and extremely rude who should all be fired. I can't stress enough how horribly I was treated and I am not exaggerating. HORRIBLE ORGANIZATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review from Guidestar