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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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Audrey Z.


Rating: 5

Drawbridge provides support to a deserving, under-served population. Providing these children with a creative outlet is invaluable. These kids feel comfortable expressing themselves in what they perceive to be a safe environment.


Rating: 5

I cannot think of a more deserving population than homeless children that don't have the bare basics as a roof over their heads and a bed to cope with a life of uncertainties and guaranteed hunger. Drawbridge focuses on the most vulnerable of populations. Non-profits that serve the homeless do not enjoy the glitz and prestige of other organizations especially if you compare them to other artistic non-profits. Drawbridge is unique and with a truly altruistic mission! Lydia Arellano


Rating: 5

This amazing organization serves a community of children who would never be provided with the opportunities and support, but for its devotion to them. Both, in terms of service and personal attention. It is grass roots and volunteer directed professionally and from the heart. The funds go to those that need and not to support its infrastructure.