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Foothills Community Services/The Bridge

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food

Mission: To provide a bridge of support and assistance through resources within the Community

Target demographics: Provide meals, clothing, toiletries, spiritual encouragement for those living on the streets

Direct beneficiaries per year: Served over 35,000 meals, helped over 50 families furnish homes. Connected over 50 former homeless find community resources such as transitional housing, counseling, community centers, food resources, etc

Geographic areas served: Greater Phoenix area

Programs: We provide meals, clothing, toiletries, hydration, spiritual encouragement on a weekly basis. Periodically, we supply bicycles for those who have obtained employment and need transportation. Special events will bring backpacks, blankets, and necessities for life on the streets. Furniture and household items, as well as groceries will be provided as housing is obtained.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has had a huge impact on reaching out to the homeless community in the Phoenix area. But it goes above and beyond just giving out food once a week.

The volunteers take time to talk to those who show up, getting to know them and their stories. Many have been able to find a way to get off the streets and into a home. Others have been connected to resources in other areas.

The volunteers who serve every week have a heart for people. They give of their time almost endlessly and come away with amazing stories of life. They make the connections with food banks, donors, special events, and make every holiday special in some way for the people who come on Sundays.

This is a great organization and a wonderful community serving their local community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love these people! Selfless and caring. I've seen them take clothing off their own body to give to others, I've witnessed unconditional love to the unlovely. Truly, Gods hands and feet in action!

1 Terry D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this group for over a year and I wouldn’t be anywhere else on Sunday mornings. The leadership and dedication I’ve experienced working with them for the people we help is second to none.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This outreach is amazing! Very friendly, and caring. There's so much I could say but that world be a book. I'm very happy to be apart of this local outreach.

2 Rebecca F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm from out of town but got to visit last Sunday and experience the amazing kindness and love generated from this organization! It was very well organized and there wasn't a volunteer that wasn't busy doing what they do best! So glad there are kind humans in this world that give of their time to help the less fortunate!!! You guys rock!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Florida but heard about this group through friends, and have seen on social media, what they're doing! What a wonderful group of volunteers! They give from the 'heart' and it's beautiful how they love and help people of the Phoenix area! They are making a difference in the lives of people every Sunday .. the food, the clothes, and the ministry with music and uplifting words of encouragement!! If I lived there, I would want to be a volunteer and work with these wonderful people!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were there and helped them serve the houseless....Just one of their many endeavors for humanity! We loved the way they respect those they serve and the love we felt for everyone!
We will be back

2 Carroll W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Bridge for Community Service has a strong heart for people in need. Besides the other areas they are involved in such as helping with housing, and furniture needs, every Sunday they provide an excellent meal for several hundred people. I enjoy volunteering with them. It’s great to see the smiling faces of the grateful people we serve. I enjoy my time with the other volunteers. It’s a fun time serving together.

3 Crystal R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started feeding the hungry on Sundays in downtown Phoenix a little over 3 months ago. The experience makes me speechless. The people that are being fed are truly appreciative of all the help and support. They look forward to our support weekly. They laugh with us, talk with us, pray with us, joke with us, etc. They help us set up and help us clean up. Volunteering on Sundays has made a huge impact in my life so much that my daughters are joining me. It takes one person at a time to make a difference and I feel this is where it starts.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I began serving with The Bridge just a couple months ago, and we absolutely love it. We were welcomed and made to feel like family the very first time we served there. Everyone there is interested in being the hands and feet of Christ. I feel blessed and honored to be able to serve with them. This sort of volunteer work to feed the poor and homeless, is exactly what we were looking for, and to me this is church, not sitting in a building.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charitable work began 16 or 17 years ago, when Christine Ellis and her sister Shella started making sandwiches and feeding the homeless with a compelling message of hope, love and recovery every Sunday under the 7th St. Bridge. After the hurricane in Haiti, she started a relief effort for supplies to Haiti which grew with the help of local Realtor Michael Pollack, Fed Ex and I believe the Coast Guard. During the transition, or somewhere along the line, the 7th St. Bridge charity effort was joined by Kat Pollard and Foothills Community Services who worked along side Christine, and eventually shouldered the whole effort. Christine is now running for Chandler City Council. Being a friend of Christine's, I was aware of the work, and enjoyed playing the saxophone at times for the homeless who came to be fed. I'll tell you, the audience was good and appreciative for the most part. Christine used to take a head count and there would be 700 - 800 people being fed. Some people acted strange at odd times, and it was good to be with an organization that knew just what to do. Never did I see anyone get violent or ruin the event for others. I may not be precisely correct on the history, but this is my understanding/recollection of how everything developed. I have not played my sax for them in about a year because of other commitments, but I will keep it in mind, because this is a worthy cause. Rex Decker, Esq. The Golden Rule Law Group.

4 Teddy B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this great group of individuals who come together every Sunday morning, rain or shine to nourish the homeless community both physically and spiritually!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love to watch the Sunday Facebook Videos of Foothills Community Services, taking care of their homeless friends. What a wonderful group of people serving their community with food, clothes, prayers and friendship. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love being a part of this group. Kat, Scott and Jeanette are such a hard working, passionate group of people who give 100% every time they are out serving and witnessing to the homeless. Their goal isn't just to serve the people food and clothing, but they also reach them Spiritually while witnessing to them. They give people HOPE. I also don't want to forget Bob, Linda, Michelle Nelson, Heidi, Dave, Gayle, Carolyne, Leo, Patty, Ferrah and the Ascendants, they are all such a big part of the success of this group. Lastly, thank you Christine for starting this amazing group. I Love the Heart, Sense of Humor and Passion that you give while serving and helping with the set up. You are all amazing people, and we are blessed to help serve behind the lines with you. Love, Michelle Viola

4 Sal V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring organization that serves breakfast with a smile to our homeless brothers and sisters.

5 Brandon Slater Ascendants M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor to have served with this group and Praise God for all the great services they provide for the less fortunate souls in His Kingdom. Rain, shine, hot or cold they are out there every Sunday. I love you guys and girls.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very good and kind people and they love to see people who move on

5 Ted Corcoran Ascendants M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience to be able to give back to the less fortunate.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a volunteer only organization where all donations go right back into giving out. They give away bicycles about every month for the homeless who have jobs and need transportation. When they receive housing, this organization is there to supply furniture, household goods and groceries. Their generosity extends beyond imagination and I love volunteering with them. They make everyone feel like family! Please consider donating or volunteering! Their website is www.TheBridgeFCS.org

6 Amanda Nichole C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this organization, rain or shine they are there.

5 Michelle N.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rain or shine they are always their to feed, love and be a friend to the homeless. This group truly has heart to help with those in need! I love to volunteer when I can.

5 Tony C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an extremely caring and selfless organization that continues to surprise me every time I interact with them.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

An incredible organization. I have so enjoyed being part of this ministry. The organization serves the Phoenix homeless with nourishment for their bodies and their spirit. I would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to get in touch.

5 Timothy P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization that is full of selfless individuals serves our homeless friends in need, spiritually, with clothing, a meal every Sunday morning, to helping furnish their new apartment when they find one, to much much more, with love, kindness and respect. If you are looking for an organization to serve I highly recommend you join them one Sunday morning, you won’t be disappointed and can almost guarantee you will be back.

5 Scott P.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that gives back to the community.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization serves our homeless friends in need, spiritually, with clothing, a meal every Sunday morning, to helping furnish their new apartment when they find one, to much much more, with love, kindness and respect. If you are looking for an organization to serve I highly recommend you join them one Sunday morning, you won’t be disappointed and can almost guarantee you will be back.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Selfless people ready to serve those who need a hand up!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been helping this organization for awhile now and I can't say enough! Very organized, very professional and very true to the cause. Love the volunteers, love the mission and love the people we get to help every week thanks to this Organization!!!

3 valleykat

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization has been serving the homeless for 15+ years in downtown Phoenix every Sunday without fail. A group of selfless people who love God and people. They serve with excellent wherever and whatever the need is!