In 2009 Dennis lost his full time job. Unable to find steady employment Dennis ended up living on the streets. He spent his days selling the Denver Voice and his…Continue reading
What We Do
Our clients come to us for an opportunity to improve their lives. Through our Bridge of Opportunity we show them that there is a way out, a bridge to a new future.
Our services include:
Community Table: Central to our operation, we provide breakfast and lunch five days a week at the Bridge House and dinners at local churches during the week. (Click here for a schedule of hours and locations). In 2011 we served over 58,000 meals.
Case Management for immediate needs: Every client has the opportunity meet with a case manager who can assess their needs and connect them with referrals, resources, and support for their particular situation. Clients also have access to showers, warm clothing, and take shelter within our doors in bad weather.
Medical Services: A professional from the People’s Clinic comes to the Bridge House once a week to see our clients. We provide assistance with obtaining and purchasing prescriptions for our clients. We also have a holistic health clinic at the Bridge House one time per week where clients can get acupuncture. In 2011, we provided medical help to 1028 individuals.
Mental Health Support: A staff member from the Boulder Mental Health Center is at Bridge House five times a week to meet with clients. In addition, we have a social worker who meets with clients daily and hold weekly addiction recovery groups. In 2011 we provided 442 with mental health support.
Housing support: Our rental assistance program helps our clients and supports our working poor clients by staying in their home. In 2012 , Bridge House has expanded our rental assistance program to assist homeless individuals obtain housing and resources.
Job readiness services: Classes and individual tutoring help in preparing resumes, interview clothing, free voice mail for job seekers, and computer access.
Ready to Work: Bridge House just launched its “Ready to Work” program in cooperation with the local government agencies. The program includes providing homeless adults with paid transitional work, where they can get skills, assistance with housing, and individualized support in hope of leading to permanent work.
Resource Center: Bridge House has opened a Resource Center to provide a single point of access where homeless men and women can learn about and access the services that are available to help them progress. Our Resource Center offers immediate access to the agencies that specialize in treatment or have the resources most urgently needed such as employment opportunities, benefits and housing.
Community: Our goal is to make our clients feel a sense of caring and belonging. We work hard to meet their needs. On Wednesday afternoons, the Bridge House is open to women only to allow them the space to address their specific needs. We also offer recreational and social activities such as a crafts group and an art class.