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DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of DrawBridge is to provide art programs for homeless and other vulnerable children in an environment that fosters their sense of childhood joy, creativity and exuberance. Beyond that we strive to promote the well-being and stability of the family by creating a supportive community.

Results: We bring our Arts Program to 30 site weekly in 7 San Francisco Bay Area Counties: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Alameda.

Target demographics: Children in transitional homeless shelters and other vulnerable youth in the San Francisco Bay Area

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 4000 children

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: DrawBridge leads 30 weekly art groups in six San Francisco Bay Area counties. We expect that the numbers of children served in 2008 will exceed 1,700 as the program continues to expand throughout the Bay Area.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

By creating art we get to know and express ourselves. In the uncertain
>> lives of children experiencing homelessness, there might not be time
>> for this. DrawBridge provides just that. As a facilitator I have the
>> privilege of witnessing the joy that the children experience as they
>> express their creativity with the art materials we provide---every
>> week.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my 11th year working with Drawbridge! The organization continues to have a strong commitment to bringing art-making opportunities and joy to the lives of homeless children in many shelters and temporary and low income housing facilities in the SF Bay area. The weekly art groups provide a safe space for the children to experience quality art supplies, and the freedom and support to experiment and express themselves. As a facilitator at two sites, I feel so lucky to be able to connect with the children and offer an hour of creativity, exploration, and fun!

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Rating: 5

I have facilitated a Drawbridge art group for 8 years, and feel very fortunate to be a part of this incredible organization. My group is in a transitional housing complex where mothers and children of domestic violence can live for two years. There are many programs at this site to help the mother's adapt to their new situation, but nothing for the children. The kids look forward to this weekly art experience and I have seen wonderful transformations as children build trusting relationships with me and the volunteers, and gain confidence in themselves as they explore a wide variety of art materials.