My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Bridge to Hope, Cutler Bay, FL, USA
If I could direct all my treasure to Bridge to Hope, I would! I met Vanessa when I was doing some community checking after Irma to see how folks were doing down in South Dade. Someone said to me, if you want to check in on what's happening and what folks need in Homestead, you need to talk to Vanessa Tinsley. She invited me down and took me on a tour of their facility. The thing that stuck out to me most, was that all of their services were designed to give people in need, as much dignity as possible as they accessed safety net services. Free clothing is organized like a store, where clients schedule a time and choose the items they like, food is organized so you can select items that connect to your culture or your normal cooking habits. People stopped by jsut to say hello, say thanks, and to see if the volunteers and staff were doing ok.
In this time of social distancing, they have shifted their approach to take the services to the people. We recently got a call from a woman who was homebound and almost out of the her food reserves. She called crying desperately in search of help. My coworker took her some food to cover her for a few days and we passed her contact to Vanessa who said, "We've got her!"
This is what that woman said to my co-worker when she called back to let us know she received the delivery:
"She called me yesterday with tears of joy to let me know that food was delivered to her home. She was happy because she said she received a box of “those shell breads” aka croissants and she’s never had them. She also received vegetables and chicken.
She was thrilled and happy with her food."
Such a small thing, but such a huge thing at the same time.
Thank you BRidge to Hope for all you have done and continue to do!