Doing More in ’24

We are so grateful for the generous support we received for our year-end campaign. Thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions help us continue our current housing programs and give us the capacity to expand our services in 2024. … Read More

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Building a Brighter Future

As we come to the end of 2023, I am excited about the direction Bridges is heading. We have new programs on the horizon and partnerships that will help us serve more people in the community. Earlier this year, our … Read More

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Hope that Never Stops

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson   Our community is beautiful in the autumn. I love all the trees and … Read More

Posted in Newsletter, November 2023 | Comments Off on Hope that Never Stops

Housing is in the Spotlight

Howard County housing has been in the spotlight this past month. On Oct. 11, the County Council approved an amended “HoCo by Design,” our county’s general plan. The plan’s growth policies include additional affordable housing (both rental and for-sale), detached … Read More

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A Heartening Look Back Over the Year

As a child and young adult, I created scrapbooks to faithfully document significant moments. At the end of each year, I’d look back through the book and remember all the highlights. In a similar way, Bridges’ annual report allows us to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. So I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read our most recent annual report (fiscal year 2023).

Posted in Newsletter, September 2023 | Comments Off on A Heartening Look Back Over the Year

Latest News and Events from Bridges

Tee It Up to Help Us Prevent Homelessness Dear Friends, I hope it has been a wonderful summer for you.  With schools starting, we have been busy this month getting backpacks and school supplies distributed to the children in our programs. As … Read More

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A Year of Transition for Bridges

A Year of Transition for Bridges Dear Friends, Bridges’ fiscal year 2023 just ended, and July has been a busy month of reports, reflection, and looking ahead. FY23 was a transition year for Bridges. We transitioned from pandemic protocols to … Read More

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Housing Costs Continue to Destabilize Families

Housing Costs Continue to Destabilize Families Dear Friends, Housing costs are an inescapable factor in our organizational mission and daily work. Housing is the biggest expense in most peoples’ budgets, so when housing gets more expensive, more families have trouble … Read More

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Stable Housing is a Platform for Success

Latest Community Indicators Highlight Housing Dear Friends, The Association of Community Services recently published its annual Self-Sufficiency Indicators report, which is always an excellent source of data about the economic stability of Howard County residents. The report, available here, confirms the … Read More

Posted in May 2023, Newsletter | Leave a comment

The Importance of Affordable Housing

Achieving Affordable Housing Dear Friends, This month, I am happy to share the good news of the purchase of our 50th rental home for our Alliance Program. This program provides below market-rate rental housing to families in Howard County. Why … Read More

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Today’s Housing Squeeze

Dear Friends, The pandemic has dictated many changes to our Chili & Challenge event over the past two years, but once again, for this year’s event (Oct. 10) we received abundant support from volunteers, congregations, individual donors, and sponsors. Their contributions made the event a tremendous success. Thank you … Read More

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A Memorable Year

A Memorable Year  Every year is memorable in some way. Personal or professional milestones mark our days, months, and years. At Bridges, like every other nonprofit, Fiscal Year 2021 brought many changes to our delivery of services in the community. There is much to celebrate, but much work left … Read More

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Bridges’ Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Programs

Bridges has provided Rapid Rehousing services over the past three years, and we consider it to be a core competency of our organization. The goal with Rapid Rehousing is to move a client into housing within 30-45 days. The work involves extensive case management … Read More

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Shaping the Future of Housing in Howard County

The Housing Opportunities Task Force is working to identify Howard County’s housing affordability issues and make recommendations to address them. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of housing in Howard! The task force asks that you participate … Read More

Posted in Newsletter, September 2020 | Leave a comment

Operating Support Received During the Pandemic

This summer, Bridges was awarded critical COVID-19 operating relief funding. This funding, in addition to the client assistance relief funding we’ve received since COVID-19 began, allows Bridges to continue to serve the most vulnerable in our community during these unprecedented … Read More

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Celebrating Anniversaries in New Ways

I don’t consider myself a very creative person, but for the past six months, I have had to exercise my creative muscle professionally and personally almost daily. That’s one small benefit of the pandemic: it is forcing many of us … Read More

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Meet Russ Snyder

Meet Russ Snyder, one of Bridges’ truly selfless and amazing volunteers. Russ has generously donated his time, energy, and solid judgment to effectively advocate for affordable housing in Howard County as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. For Russ, making a difference in his community is more than just volunteering, it is a calling … Read More

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Making an Impact through Collective Action

Even in the best of times, moving forward is often difficult for many of Bridges’ clients. Facing the challenges of low wages, scarce affordable housing, housing discrimination, and many other barriers are formidable. No one can surmount all of these obstacles alone. I’m not just talking about our clients, though. Everyone … Read More

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Perseverance during the Pandemic

All of us have been impacted by COVID-19. But many low- to moderate-income households face particularly extreme hardships as they struggle to make ends meet. Many clients tell us that food insecurity is their most pressing challenge. Bridges’ program staff continues to keep a laser focus on providing information about community resources (food banks and pop-up pantries, ethnic food warehouses, etc.) as … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

A Life-Changing Opportunity at Bridges Awaits!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized Volunteer Coordinator with strong communication skills to help create a robust volunteer program. Bridges is partnering with Volunteer Maryland and AmeriCorps to fill this exciting 11-month, full-time position. The goal is to … Read More

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Bridges Acknowledges Continued Funding Sources

As we embark on a new fiscal year, we would like to thank the Howard County Department of Housing & Community Development, Howard County Department of Community Resources, United Way of Central Maryland, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Community Foundation … Read More

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Critical Support Provided During the Pandemic

The pandemic has affected at least one-quarter of Bridges’ current clients through layoffs, cuts in job hours, or inability to work due to an absence of childcare. In addition to the generous individuals who gave to our COVID-19 Community Appeal, grantors and organizations have provided crucial COVID-19 relief to … Read More

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Reflecting on Historical Discrimination and Inequity in Housing

Recent events have highlighted racist practices within the criminal justice system that need to change. Housing discrimination for people of color has also been a reality for hundreds of years. Laws have often been on the wrong side, offering little to no … Read More

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