Bridges settles in after starting "Project Connect"
In March 2014, Bridges opened "Project Connect" at St. John's Soup Kitchen in Newark to provide case management services linking homeless to services that will lead to a continuum of care that will result in a healthier life with the ultimate goal of housing. Bridges' foundation is built on the trust between housed and homeless during more that twenty-five years of direct street outreach providing food, clothing, and seasonal necessities with compassion and respect.
Assisting people to obtain lost identification has become an important program at Project Conect. Without I.D. it is nearly impossible to access housing and social services. Clients do not have all, or sometimes any, of the six points of identification needed to obtain an I.D. Complications often arise as is the case with people born in Puerto Rico between 1931 and 2010. Due to excessive fraud, these birth certificates are not valid requiring several other points of identification to compensate for the birth certificate.
Although housing is the ultimate goal, meeting health and social service needs along with the continuum of care will lead to a healthier life for our homeless friends.
We are so grateful to the staff of Bridges for bringing even more assisstance to those we serve on a daily basis. We wish the every success.