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Bridge House

Over the past decade we have honed our programming, focusing services on opportunity-based and transitional assistance for our clients. By providing meals as an entry point we are able to engage our homeless and low income clients in more in-depth services through a detailed intake and assessment. Our priority is to provide a range of comprehensive services that offer a concrete path out of homelessness. In Boulder County, we are the only organization that offers transitional employment and housing as well as year-round overnight sheltering coupled with housing-focused case management. Our diverse programs are not only ground breaking but are best practice and have proven to be an efficient and effective track towards moving our clients to self-sufficiency. Goals: Our goal is to address the diverse obstacles homeless individuals face. Bridge House offers a continuum of care to address the underlying causes of homelessness and providing a clear pathway in order for our clients to transition off the streets. Through Ready to Work - an employment and housing program, and our Path to Home - summer overnight sheltering combined with housing-focused case management, we have created concrete opportunities to actively engage our clients and help them address their challenges to obtaining mainstream employment and housing. We have taken a leadership role in creating new and effective solutions to homelessness in Boulder. Our Path to Home overnight sheltering not only offers a safe place to sleep, but includes intensive case management service plan as a pathway out of homelessness. Our basic needs outreach case management includes services such as benefit sign up, health and dental care, access to mental health, sobriety support, and assessment for housing all on a drop in basis. Our award winning Ready to Work program - a "work first" model combing paid employment in social enterprise, with housing and supportive services. We currently employ and house 44 individuals transitioning out of homelessness at any given time. Current Programs: Our programs work across a continuum known as our "Bridge of Opportunity". We connect our clients to the appropriate services that they need to move out of homelessness. All of our programs have been modified throughout our 20 years in operation to ensure we are providing adequate and comprehensive services for our clients while adapting to community and regional dynamics. In 2016, we served 107,343 meals and saw 1,800 individuals through our case management services. The Ready to Work program had 100 participants with a 77% success rate for those that graduated and completed the program. Since we began our new program Path to Home in July we expect our outreach case management numbers to increase in 2017.

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