As a result of increases in the demand for services, The Bridge emergency shelter space was drastically stretched to accommodate 75 beds and 22 direct-service staff; however, adequate space for clients was still an issue. In 2010, 636 women, plus countless numbers of children, were turned away due to lack of space. To better meet needs of the agency service area, clients and agency itself, The Bridge began construction of a new family crisis center. The center was completed in February 2011.
The facility replaces the former overcrowded shelter (that was beyond reasonable repair); accommodates 100 shelter beds (a 25-bed increase with the option to add bed numbers by 25% as needed); enhances the agency’s visibility; and augments agency productivity by housing all agency offices in one building, rather than three separate sites that are currently utilized due to space/resource issues. The new facility allows for more effective program oversight and benefits the community by affording the square footage to expand wellness, prevention and education services.
The new comprehensive crisis center houses: the emergency shelter; a specially designed children’s center; intake/crisis intervention including the 24-hour hotline, as well as offices/meeting areas for case management, support groups, and training sessions; outreach and community education offices with space for professional training, networking meetings and awareness events; volunteer management space for training as well as operations; and all administrative offices.
In mid-March 2011, The Bridge emergency shelter operations were moved into the new center. By March 20, all emergency shelter, administration and education operations had been relocated to the new building.
To date, The Bridge has secured commitments for $5.3 million of the total campaign costs of $5,718,562 leaving $397,000 left to raise!
A gift to the campaign will help us earn a $750,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation.
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Plan of Action
The Bridge has implemented an intensive approach to securing the remaining funds necessary to finance construction of the new facility. To guide The Bridge in these efforts, the agency elected two committees: the Campaign Committee and the Building Committee (each committee consists of local professionals and community leaders who are guided and supported by board members and staff). By working with these committees, committed in-kind donations are continuously increased and individual prospective donors are met with to raise substantial support.
To raise employee support for the campaign, an internal campaign is under way. The internal campaign has exceeded its goal and the board of directors’ goal has also been met. The capital campaign committee has contributed over $500,000. To complete the sound base of support for this project, The Bridge Development Team is diligently working to secure public/private funds via grant proposals.