Summer Highs and Lows

On June 21st, the summer solstice, our Coalition to End Homelessness held a housing celebration to highlight all clients that have been housed and exited homelessness during the past year. This year our event included a celebration of the case managers who work alongside our clients in the system. Bridges and our partners in the Howard County Coordinated Entry System have housed 119 households in the past 12 months. A phenomenal achievement that has contributed to the decrease of households experiencing homelessness within our community.

It is wonderful to see this progress, celebrate the successes, and know that our work is ending homelessness for hundreds of people. This month we started our summer appeal raising essential funds for

our Help End Homelessness Howard County families, to keep them stably housed and I hope you will consider a donation toward this program. 

 

A week after our celebration we learned about the Supreme Court’s decision on City of Grants Pass, Oregon versus Johnson. which allows jurisdictions to arrest, fine and ticket unhoused people for sleeping outside, even when adequate shelter or housing is not available. This decision is a setback and an additional barrier for unhoused people and communities nationwide working to solve homelessness, and allows for the expensive and counterproductive punishment of people who are trying to survive a crisis. As an organization we will be advocating for local and state protections for Maryland households experiencing homelessness. With limited shelter beds and affordable housing, we should not punish those that have nowhere to go.  

 

Thank you for your support of our work. If you are interested in joining the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness, we’d love to have more community partners to help us do more about this important issue in our community. Reach out to me at jennifer@bridges2hs.org for more information. 

Client Story

Rare Alliances: Steve, James and Deanna's Story

Homeless and living at Grassroots, Howard County’s homeless shelter, Deanna banded together with Steve and James to share a 3-bedroom townhouse. Learn more about this rare alliance, an unusual solution to rising rents and housing prices in Howard County, and how Bridges supported them on their journey.

Program Update

Listen4Good

This month, we are excited to launch a new approach to client surveys through the Listen4Good platform. This initiative underscores our focus on continuous improvement of the services we provide. 

Listen4Good offers a comprehensive survey system specifically designed for nonprofits. Through this platform, we can directly gather invaluable feedback from our clients. The surveys will address various

aspects of our services, including accessibility, effectiveness, client satisfaction, and areas for improvement.


Our goal is to ensure that every client’s voice is heard and respected. The insights gained from these surveys will allow us to better understand our clients’ needs and experiences, enabling us to make data-driven decisions that refine our programs and services.


Our first survey will collect feedback from clients in our affordable housing programs, followed by surveys for clients in other Bridges programs. We encourage all our clients to participate and provide candid feedback. Through this collaborative effort, we can build a stronger, more responsive organization that continually evolves to effectively support our clients and community.  

Donor Highlight

Women Serving Women

We are deeply grateful to the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County for their generous support of a Bridges client. With the provision of $2,600 for back rent, this mother facing severe health challenges’ immediate housing burden was lifted, giving her the opportunity to regain housing stability and renewed hope for the future.

The Women’s Giving Circle is a cornerstone of our community, addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County though a dedicated community of

philanthropists. This is not the first time the Circle has supported a Bridges client, and we are endlessly grateful for their unwavering commitment to the needs of all women and girls in Howard County.

Thank you, Women’s Giving Circle, for making a profound difference in the lives of the women we serve.

Funder Highlight

Anonymously Transforming Lives

We are thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has provided a $55,000 grant through the Community Foundation of Howard County. These funds will support the healthy growth and maintenance of our Bridges Alliance program, ensuring we can continue to address housing as a key determinant of health for our clients and the wider community.

 

Housing stability is a critical factor in overall health and well-being. By continuing to secure safe and affordable housing, we can provide a stable foundation for

individuals and families to thrive. This generous donation will enable us to maintain our efforts in providing affordable housing solutions. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the anonymous donor for their impactful support and commitment to improving the lives of those in our community.

Birdies for Bridges is back!

The Sheehy Toyota Birdies for Bridges Golf Tournament returns on September 20, 2024 at The Timbers at Troy Golf Course. Join us for a great day of golf, food, beverages, and fun – all to benefit a great cause. Your golf registration includes: greens fees, range balls, light breakfast, on course lunch, a post-golf luncheon, awards, raffles, and unlimited on-course domestic beverages.

Register and check out sponsorship opportunities at birdease.com/bridges2hs. 

Thank you to our early sponsors!

 

Howard Hughes

Reid Spearman, PhD