Housing, Shelter

BRIDGE COMMUNITIES INC

Glen Ellyn, IL

Mission

Through the help of our program partners and supporters, Bridge Communities provides free transitional housing to 125+ homeless DuPage County families each year. During the two years each family spends in our program, they are able to save money, learn budgeting skills, and obtain better employment, so they can live self-sufficiently once they graduate. Mission: The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Ruling Year

1990

Principal Officer

Mr. John Hayner

Main Address

505 Crescent Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 USA

Keywords

DuPage, Illinois, Chicago, Glen Ellyn, homeless, family, children, poverty, affordable housing

EIN

36-3705951

 Number

2033842788

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Since we began in 1988, Bridge Communities has been committed to solving the crisis of family homelessness in DuPage County, Illinois.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Transitional Housing Services

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Families

Related program

Transitional Housing Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Transitional Housing Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of housing nights provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Transitional Housing Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Through the help of our program partners and supporters, Bridge Communities provides free transitional housing to 130+ homeless DuPage County families each year. During the two years each family spends in our program, they are able to save money, learn budgeting skills, and obtain better employment, so they can live self-sufficiently once they graduate. Mission: The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Vision: Our vision is a community where all families are healthy, financially stable, and living in affordable housing.

When a family enters our transitional housing program, they are surrounded by a supportive team of volunteers and staff that helps them set long-terms goals right from the start, along with the resources to achieve them: -Safe housing -Mentoring and financial coaching -Employment workshops, coaching and guidance -Educational assessment and tutoring -Parenting classes -Nutritional coaching -Counseling -Case Management And other services as required, to help ensure the family will never become homeless again.

We're capable of helping Bridge families achieve these goals because of several components working together: -A rigorous intake process that ensures our clients have the qualifications, drive and tenacity to achieve long-term goals; -A highly-engaged network of community volunteers dedicated to working one-on-one with clients throughout their stay in Bridge Communities; -A committed donor base that continues to support us in the fight to eradicate family homelessness in our community; -And a highly capable, compassionate, mission-driven staff.

We have implemented a system of metrics to ascertain the progress of each client from beginning of program to completion. We also correspond with and survey our program graduates to determine the long-terms results of our program.

We have successfully graduated 850+ families from our transitional housing program. We have also developed our children's services into a robust program of its own, providing assessments, setting goals and connecting parents to resources for each individual child, to ensure they will recover from the traumas inflicted by homelessness. Our plans are to continue expansion to meet demand for our program, and work toward affordable housing opportunities in DuPage County.

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Financials

BRIDGE COMMUNITIES INC

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes