The Bridge’s mission requires us to be ambitious, even ridiculously so at times. We solve complex problems and create opportunities by collaborating and innovating. We do whatever is appropriate and necessary to address the needs of our community’s most impoverished residents. But we don’t do it alone.
We are proud to celebrate the many partnerships that have proved essential to our success as a recognized model for homeless recovery. Hundreds of caring people and organizations have helped our outcomes trend upward since opening our doors seven years ago.
The results over the past few years have been particularly outstanding. We experienced an impressive 82 percent increase since 2012 in the number of guests provided with mental illness and chemical dependency services. And, most important, we are finding more jobs and housing for guests than ever before, including surpassing 1,800 housing placements since 2008.
These accomplishments emboldened us to advocate for additional investments, and we have been fortunate to receive an increase in funding from our governmental partners. This will allow us to do more of what we are already doing well, along with expanding our services to include unprecedented health care, supportive employment and supportive housing services for guests with long-term needs.
We are very excited and hope you are as well, but we need your help to maximize this fantastic opportunity. Simply put, we need to raise more private dollars to ensure our services expansion is successful. That is why it is important for you to consider following the lead of our public partners and increase your investment. And that is why we need you to pass along the good news about what we are accomplishing at The Bridge and encourage your family, friends and co-workers to join us in our mission.
Compassionate people like you are part of the collaboration that has helped us achieve success that is worthy of celebration. Let’s keep driving to address unmet needs and doing all we can to help people recover from extreme poverty. Together we can ensure that this year, once again, will be our most productive ever.
President & CEO