Bridging The Gap of Georgia Inc

aka Bridging The Gap   |   Gainesville, GA   |  www.btg-foundation.org

Mission

Our organization, established in 2011, Bridging The Gap is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our Veterans. BTG works DIRECTLY with the Veterans on a one-on-one basis - we're NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary - everyone works on a volunteer basis. We don't just listen to their stories and tell the Veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many Veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, the Veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.

BTG believes that it takes the COMMUNITY not the GOVERNMENT to take care of our Veterans.

Notes from the nonprofit

BTG has been able to open 3 residential centers and has housed up to 18 veterans, both men and women, who were in danger of living on the streets. BTG is expanding its efforts to encompass the entire community, and "close the gap" for veterans who are being neglected by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense. This has been accomplished by hard work, dedicated determination, and a strong resolve to only receive support from the community and not from any government agencies.

This is a community issue -- not just a government problem. One that we can end if we come together as a community, as churches, as associations, as employers, as mentors, and as people giving veterans their greatest chances for success in a world where they feel hopeless, lost, and alone.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Keith Laseter

Main address

P.O. Box 5065

Gainesville, GA 30504 USA

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EIN

45-0817010

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Bridges

·Beginning with a referral from an agency, court system,
or referral service to BTG program the individual will complete an intake
package.This intake package will
identify emergency needs and secondary needs will be identified.
·Re-entry is the process where stable housing is secured
or verified and basic human needs are provided for.In this part of the program, the participant
is introduced to a peer mentor who will shadow the individual and assist the
individual into developing appropriate social skills and mannerism to re-enter
society. This will be the transition process from an institutional setting to
permanent housing.
·Identification stage is where the participant works
with a mentor to identify needs.This
identification process will focus on housing needs, medical needs, psychiatric
services, employment, resume writing, education and personal development.Through this identification process, the
participant can look at resources within their community to access.The mentor will assist the participant
through a “Systems Navigator”.A Systems
Navigator will work with the participant to assist them in identifying programs
and
completing the
forms.Often in human service, there are
barriers that bar people from the services that they need.
These barriers are often
based on education and the self induced trauma through homelessness.
The system navigator will
work with the participant andprovide them with the ‘how to’ to
achieve the experience needed to allow the system to work for them and utilize
the resources available.
·Development of a plan with targeted time frames that
can be examined is next.Through this
development, the mentor will work with the participant in Systems
Navigation.However the mentor will not
place the calls or complete the forms for the participant.The participant will be responsible
for completing those in a mode of self-sufficiency.The mentor will shadow to enhance the
participants confidence, competency, and skills set.
·Goals will be identified and the necessary steps to be
taken to complete the targeted goals.Through the goal stage, the participant will have to identify short
term, mid-range and long term goals.Through this venue, the peer mentor can identify for the participant that
they are on-task with their
goals or off-task.Short term goals might be any type of
employment opportunities:
whereas, a long term goal might be to complete a C.D.L. certification for
improved employment.
·Entry stage is where a participant will secure viable
employment and integrate into the recovering community through the assistance
of a mentor.
·Society welcomes the participant as a
productive member and able to financially support themselves and their families
in a meaningful way.

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Goals & Strategy

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End Veteran Homeless and Advocate for Veterans

We can't just dump employers and veterans into one big room together and hope for the best -- a more individualized approach is needed. Veterans don't just need job fairs, they need a community. Programs that provide mentorship, lessons in online job searching and one-on-one training are what will really help address individual needs. By starting a small business, our goal is bring attention to our nation's small businesses owned by past and present members of the United States military. As each business grows to the point of hiring, it is our goal to help said Veteran Owned Business's reach out to fellow veterans in order to fulfill employment vacancies (what we are calling our Veterans Hiring Veterans Initiative. Once the Veteran Owned Business has grown to the point where his or her owner(s) would like to give back, our goal is that said business owner(s) give back specifically to those organizations that help fellow military families like: homeless veterans organizations, and many more.

Our organization, established in 2011, Bridging The Gap of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our Veterans. BTGG works DIRECTLY with the Veterans on a one-on-one basis - we're NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary - everyone works on a volunteer basis. We don't just listen to their stories and tell the Veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many Veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, the Veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.
We KNOW that it takes the COMMUNITY not the GOVERNMENT to take care of our Veterans.

Our organization, established in 2011, Bridging The Gap of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our Veterans. BTGG works DIRECTLY with the Veterans on a one-on-one basis - we're NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary - everyone works on a volunteer basis. We don't just listen to their stories and tell the Veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many Veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, the Veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.
We KNOW that it takes the COMMUNITY not the GOVERNMENT to take care of our Veterans.

Financials

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Bridging The Gap of Georgia Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lois Motchan

Emory

Term: Mar 2011 -

Lois Motchan Chairman

Emory

Tom Quary

Wellspring

Gig Micheals

Swamp Da Wamp

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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