Bridge House offers a range of opportunities for homeless men and women to improve their lives. Through our Bridge of Opportunity we offer a bridge to a brighter future.
Our services include:
Community Table: We provide breakfast and lunch five days a week at the day shelter and dinners all served at local churches. In 2016, we served over 100,000 meals. All meals are prepared by our Community Table Kitchen where we offer culinary arts training for trainees in our Ready to Work program.
Case Management for Immediate Needs: Bridge House runs the Resource Center 5 days a week as a one stop shop for homeless men and women to access services. Every client meets with a case manager, assesses their needs, and connects them with resources as needed including direct financial assistance for re-housing and obtaining identification, bus fare, benefit sign up, and referrals.
Medical Services: A professional from the People’s Clinic comes to the Resource Center 2 days a week to see our clients. We provide financial assistance for purchasing prescriptions and Medicaid sign-up. In 2016, we had 834 medical services case management interactions.
Mental Health Support: A staff member from the Mental Health Partners is at the Resource Center 2 days a week to meet with clients. In addition, we offer frequent mental health and addiction recovery groups. In 2016, we had 1,202 case management interactions to assist our clients with their mental health needs.
Housing Support: Our rental assistance program helps our clients and supports our working poor clients to stay in their home by providing financial support for deposits, back utility payments and application fees. Case management also partners with regional coordinated entry efforts to ensure clients have access to as many options as possible depending on their needs including permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing and public housing.
Job Readiness Services: We offer classes and individual support to help clients prepare resumes, complete job applications, and obtain interview clothing. We offer employment support 5 days per week at our Resource Center. In 2016, we had 788 employment case management interactions.
Ready to Work: Bridge House’s Ready to Work program is a holistic model providing homeless adults with housing, paid transitional work in a Bridge House social enterprise, and case management support. Trainees learn job skills, earn and save money, build a rental and work history for one year as a stepping stone to permanent work and housing. The Ready to Work House and Employment Center offers housing for 44 men and women.
Resource Center: Bridge House’s Resource Center provides a single point of access for homeless men and women where they 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. More than 15 community partners are involved with the Resource Center. In 2016, The Resource Center was open 252 days with a total of 8,529 visits. Our case managers saw an average of 34 people a day.
Community: Our goal is to make our clients feel a sense of caring and belonging. We work hard to meet their needs. We also offer recreational and social activities such as a crafts group and an art class.