Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area
2012 Grantee of the Women's Fund
Featured Nonprofit Organization - November/December 2013
The Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area program provides rental assistance and professional case management, which allows single women to move directly into their own permanent housing and for the development of a plan for long-term financial stability and success through employment. Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area's mission is to end and prevent homelessness for women and children, one family at a time, by providing professional case management and support from trained mentoring groups within local congregations. Single mothers achieve permanent housing and financial self-sufficiency through employment, and attain stability and enhanced self-esteem through ongoing mentoring friendships. The goal of Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area is to promote physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wholeness.
The first family was accepted into the program in early 2009 and by November 2009 four families were being served by the program. In 2011-2012, eight families with a total of 13 children were served by Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area; and since January 2012 four families have graduated. The Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area program uses a three-way partnership model to bring together professional staff, homeless or at-risk single women and their children, and trained church-based mentoring groups. Church attendance or affiliation is not a requirement for participation in the program. The Bridge of Hope staff assists in goal planning, teaches budgeting and life skills, provides support services for families, trains and supports mentors, and provides rental assistance through the organization. The role of Bridge of Hope mentoring group is to build friendship and provide emotional support, provide practical assistance, model positive parenting, and nurture spiritual growth. The Bridge of Hope family works toward financial self-sufficiency through full-time employment and/or job training and higher education, works toward goals and managing a budget, and develops friendships with mentors. Over 12-24 months, single mothers attain permanent housing, financial self-sufficiency through employment, a circle of life-changing friendships, and increased self-esteem and growth in areas of holistic living.
In 2012, Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area received a $2,250 grant from the Women’s Fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, for rental assistance and case management services.
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