Bridge House plays a crucial role addressing homelessness in Boulder.
Not only are our programs open year-round providing basic needs-from food to bus fare to prescription medications-Bridge House is the entry point for many seeking a bridge out of homelessness.
The need is great.
While Boulder County has a high standard of living, there continues to be a significant number of people in our community who are struggling. The number and percentage of unemployed residents in Boulder County have both reached 20+ year highs during the current recession. Poverty and homelessness are inextricably linked and are growing in Boulder County as well as nationwide. In a recent Point in Time survey, 1,970 people were counted as homeless within Boulder County’s borders on one single night in January 2012, up 11% from 2011. Of those counted, 45% noted job loss and low wages for their homelessness. We see this on a daily basis at Bridge House, in 2012 we have seen 1304 individuals seeking services.
Our approach to change is simple.
Bridge House’s mission is to address immediate survival needs of homeless and working poor individuals and provide resources which lead to employment, housing, personal stability and healing.
We believe that it is crucial to provide basic services like food and shelter to the homeless and working poor of our community. But we use these services to bring people through our doors in hope of engaging them in discussion about what they need to get on their feet. We meet people “where they’re at” and use a variety of tools and resources to help them work toward a better quality of living. We invest in opportunities.
We offer a Bridge of Opportunity
Based on diversity of backgrounds, challenges and circumstances of our clients, Bridge House understands there is no single solution to homelessness on an individual or a community level. We believe it is our role to provide an array of resources and opportunities to engage people and give them the tools to reach their highest-level of self-sufficiency. Our bridge of opportunity begins with basic needs and ends with self sufficiency-spanning from homelessness to housed.
The challenges associated with homelessness affect our whole community. We can do more for the people caught in the cycles of poverty, illness, unemployment, incarceration and helplessness. We can do more to keep the city we love vibrant and thriving.
We are a very collaborative organization and work hard to find the right resources within the community to help our clients, partnering with dozens of organizations and government initiatives to do so. Bridge House is also in line with the Boulder County Human Services Strategic Plan and Boulder County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in its operations and values.