Join us for the Bridges’ Bash presented by Amazon
Join us for a charitable evening to celebrate over 35 years of work in the Arlington community, and to celebrate you, the members of our community that keep our good work going.
Every year, Bridges annual Bash brings together the community to support Bridges’ impactful mission of leading individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. This year, the theme is Mardi Gras. You are invited to dress up in masquerade-themed attire and enjoy a night of live music, complimentary drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and of course, Mardi Gras beads! The evening of fun will support the continuation of Bridges services and programs amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic, the families Bridges serves have experienced challenges elevated by the virtual learning gap, decreased hours for work, housing instability, and more. Even before COVID-19, families were arriving at Bridges emergency shelter because minimum wage jobs are not of a livable wage in Arlington County. The area median income for Arlington is $117,000, which means that the families in Bridges program would have to work 2.5 full-time, minimum-wage jobs to even qualify for a 30% affordable housing unit. Since they are parents, they cannot work those hours, especially because childcare in Arlington County is cost-prohibitive, childcare vouchers are accepted at less than 5% of daycare centers, COVID-19 has caused many childcare centers to close, and schools were virtual this past year.
In addition to childcare, it is very challenging for families to make rent each month, because most do not have any savings and live paycheck to paycheck. Even though the eviction moratorium was in place until recently, families are far behind in making payments. Thankfully, Bridges was able to cover 100% of families’ rents from April to September 2020, and upwards of 75% of rents from September 2020 to September 2021. This resulted in Bridges spending 100% of the allocated annual budget for rental subsidies in just six months.
Uncertainty of the long-term sustained impact of the pandemic remains Bridges’ most significant challenge. Though, with a community full of dedicated supporters like yourself, we know that we will be able to continue to lead struggling families into stable futures. Please join us on February 24th for an evening of networking, dancing, a silent auction, and more, all while supporting our community’s most vulnerable families and celebrating you, the people that keep our services going.
Bridges’ mission is to lead individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. Bridges’ vision of breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty is carried out through three core programs that are supported by supportive services. The three core programs are 1) operating Arlington County’s largest emergency family shelter (Sullivan House), 2) offering a housing program called Rapid Rehousing where safe and stable housing is our first priority, and 3) providing community empowerment programming to the Green Valley neighborhood of Arlington County. Within these programs, current and “alumni” beneficiaries have access to supportive services including workforce development, financial empowerment, youth development, referral and emergency services, and individualized case management. Learn more here.
Ticket prices will be released soon!
Early bird price:
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 | 7-10 PM
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
Thank you to the Bash Committee for dedicating their time and efforts to the success of this event.
Bash Committee Co-Chairs