Last year, Bridges served over 550 Howard County individuals, half of whom were children, with affordable housing and related services.
Help us continue this momentum! By sharing your resources, you will very directly impact children and families in Howard County, Maryland!
Your donation of $25, $50 or more will:
Most of the time, these are the very reasons a family goes from housing instability to homelessness. You can be their tipping point – but in the right direction!
When it comes to homelessness, it is the youngest in our midst who are most affected. According to the American Psychological Association, homelessness has particularly adverse effects on children and youth including hunger, poor health and missed educational opportunities. Homeless children are less likely to have adequate access to medical and dental care, and oftentimes grapple with mental health (depression, anxiety and PTSD) and substance abuse problems. Homeless children have also become targets for human trafficking.
According to the Howard County Public School system, during the last school year there were approximately 500 children who were homeless (living in the woods, or in their family's car, "couch surfing" or staying in a motel room). Many are still experiencing that this school year. Grace, a 7th grader, speaks to the reality of homelessness though her own experience:
"We moved a lot. I lost count. We lived with Pop-Pop and Uncle, then the hotel. I sometimes got scared at the hotel. It's hard but you just have to stay strong and get through it."
Join us in providing stable, safe housing. This is critical to the health and wellbeing of families, particularly children, by providing a safe environment, the security that allows participation in the social, educational, economic, and community aspects of their lives and the privacy to foster autonomy as an individual and a family unit.
We rely on your generosity to help families overcome homelessness and housing instability so that they can focus on their dreams. For the youngest in our community, their dreams are simple. Cole, age seven says: "I want a home where my monster trucks and dinosaurs can live!"
The way we see it, your donation does more than help divert homelessness, it helps keep our County's children safe, as well as physically and emotionally healthy.
Together, we can reduce the traumatic effects of homelessness and housing instability on every member of our community, especially the youngest. We can ensure the health and well-being of at-risk families. We can strengthen the spirit of our entire community.
"I never thought I would find myself in this place. It is nice to know that there are still people in this world who care." -Mary, Bridges' Shelter Diversion Program Client
By donating to Bridges, you will be the reason that a family like Mary's stays safe and strong during a challenging time in their lives. Thank you.