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Stand together in unity! #GivingTuesdayNow

Our low-income neighbors are in need. Are you able to give today to help our clients remain fed, safe and stably housed during the current pandemic.

$2,715 raised

$5,000 goal

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

Now, more than ever, homeless and low-income populations need help from their communities. The uncertain health and economic consequences of COVID-19 impact us all, but many of the households in our housing programs are facing a crisis. They have been laid off, suffered significant cuts in work hours, or been forced to miss work to be home with young children. They have few or no assets to fall back on. Their ability to buy food and household necessities and pay rent or utility bills on their own has been directly impacted during this global crisis. However, our mission stands strong and with your support, we will continue to prevent and end homelessness in our community!

May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow, organized by GivingTuesday as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to stand together in unity to provide food, rental assistance, and household necessities to those in need. You can make a difference while practicing physical distancing. Whether it’s providing supplies/food to a neighbor, advocating for an issue, volunteering, or giving to important causes like homelessness and affordable housing, every act of generosity counts.

Our #GivingTuesdayNow goal is $5,000. Mark and Jeremy (story and picture below) are one of the 127 households in Bridges' housing programs. With your help, we can continue to provide essential services and support to them and other households in need.

Re-entering society after a 9-month jail term, Mark was determined to rebuild his life honestly. But he had no resources and nowhere to live. For two months he worked his way back onto his feet, working two jobs and living at a shelter until ultimately moving into his own apartment. Mark was determined to reconnect with his 8-year-old son, Jeremy, and provide him a stable home. Unfortunately, Mark soon became overextended and spending several stressful days seeking food and financial assistance from community resources and charities.

Then Bridges offered him a home at an affordable rate that was nearly 50% less than his previous rent. On May 24, 2019, Mark and Jeremy moved into the unit. Jeremy soon settled into his new school, and Mark continued to make progress in his career, becoming a manager at a local restaurant. He has doubled his income since he began working there.

Mark is ever-conscious that he is a role model for his son. “I tell Jeremy that this is the start of our move upward,” says Mark. “I’ve been given an opportunity to make positive strides toward living, instead of just surviving. For someone with nothing, someone who is not able to get on their feet, sometimes all you need to get out of that hole is an opportunity. Bridges has provided me with that opportunity for growth and success.”