The number of people seeking our services continues to grow every year. In addition to the chronically homeless, we are seeing a significant number of newly homeless that have lost businesses, homes, and families in the economic chaos. In addition, we have more families coming to Bridge House and our evening dinners than ever before; at least one family with children per week.
Through our case management services and Ready to Work program we provide opportunities for each person to find his or her path to self-sufficiency. But no path is the same. We see a wide variety of people, from all walks of life. Our goal is to connect every person with the services they need.
Over 11% of our clients are veterans who have served our country, but who are struggling to stay on their feet. Many are not getting the benefits they are entitled to under law. We help veterans to process the paperwork so that they can receive the medical and financial assistance they deserve.
People with Mental Illness
There are estimates that nearly 40% of the homeless population suffers from some kind of mental illness. We see this statistic reflected in our clients, most of whom either don’t know they are ill or are unaware of services that can help them. We have a mental health outreach worker who meets with people one-on-one. We also have group counseling through our weekly HOPE Group. We provide funds for psychiatric prescriptions and work with our partners at Clinica and Mental Health Partners to get people the services they need.