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Bridges to Independence MLK Day

MLK Day of Service

Thank you to everyone that participated in Volunteer Arlington's MLK Day of Service! It was an amazing day "on, not off", over 100 volunteers came together to assemble Birthday Boxes ...
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Painting by a youth in Bridges’ programming for Bridges’ Art Auction in 2020

Bridges’ Youth Mentoring Program

Learn about an experience of a youth in Bridges programming!  I first learned about Bridges when I was in the 7th grade, but it wasn’t until I was in the ...
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news from Bridges to Independence

PRESS RELEASE: Bridges to Independence Announces CEO Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     Contact: Samuel L. Kelly, Jr., CEOskelly@bridges2.org(703) 525-7177 x117 January 6, 2022                                                                                                          Bridges to Independence Announces CEO TransitionSamuel L. Kelly, Jr. Departs After 16 Years Arlington, VA: Bridges to Independence announced that ...
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Sam Kelly

A Special Announcement from Bridges’ CEO

Dear #BridgeBuilder Community, Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday season safely, in good health, and with loved ones – whether in-person or virtually. Having ...
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State Farm Logo

State Farm Volunteers

Thank you, State Farm, for volunteering with Bridges! State Farm employees supported Bridges’ mission by volunteering virtually and collecting pantry staples for families at our shelter!
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Turner Construction

Turner Construction Holiday Gifts

Thank you, Turner Construction, for donating Holiday gifts to families at Bridges! Every year, Turner Construction stuffs shoe boxes with essential items such as shampoo, soap, socks, and more! 
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Stateside Donates to Bridges to Independence

Stateside Support

Stateside held an internal drive to collect essential items for families at Bridges shelter! They collected toothpaste, laundry detergent, cooking pots, and more. Thanks, Stateside! 
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Ballston Bid Donation

Ballston Bid Holiday Wreath Market

The Ballston Bid hosted their first annual Holiday Wreath Market. Proceeds from the sale went to support Bridges and other local organizations. We appreciate your support, Ballston Bid! 
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Hoops project for Bridges to Independence

CTAB Hoops

Thank you, CTAB Hoops, for collecting over 50 Thanksgiving meal kits for families at Bridges! Each meal kit included the pantry staples to a Thanksgiving meal like corn, mashed potatoes, ...
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Girls Scout Volunteers

Girls Scout Blankets

A local Girl Scout Brownie Group was hard at work this month creating cozy blankets for families at Bridges! Additionally, they held a drive to collect essential items like paper ...
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Meet Jacqueline!

Jacqueline*, a single mom of a toddler, came to our Employment services manager seeking a livable wage job so she could provide for herself and her daughter. Our Employment Services ...
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Hays Recruiting

Hays Recruiting

Hays Recruiting volunteered their time this month, by hosting a grocery store drive on behalf of Bridges. They traveled to local grocery stores and collected monetary donations and in-kind goods ...
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Turners

Turner’s Construction

Bridges was thrilled to present during Turner’s Construction Inclusion Week! The week focuses on actions to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, while focusing on unconscious bias, supplier diversity, job site ...
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Help The Homeless

Helping Warm The Homeless

This Month, an organization called Helping Warm the Homeless contributed 5 dozen Halloween goodie bags and 3 dozen adult bags to Bridges Trunk-or-Treat. Thank you for the goodies!
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Meet Shayla!

A single mother named Shayla*, was able to utilize our workforce development program and obtain a professional certification that empowered her to find liveable wage employment. Shayla lost her job ...
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Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Earlier this month we were thrilled to have members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteer at our shelter. They did an array of beautification projects, including ...
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Accenture

Accenture

Thank you, Accenture, for volunteering with Bridges for the annual Accenture Day of Service! This year, volunteers from Accenture collected grocery items to stock the pantry at Bridges emergency shelter. ...
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Meet Adam!

Adam* is a high school-aged boy, whose family came to the shelter in 2019 and entered Bridges Rapid Rehousing Program in 2020. Both of his parents are products of intergenerational ...
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Northern Virginia Alliance League

Northern Virginia Alliance League

We had a great time attending the Fall Festival hosted by the Northern Virginia Alliance League. The day consisted of afternoon tea, an evening reception, and networking. The NVAL selected ...
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Impact 100

Congratulations to Access Youth for being awarded Impact100 DC’s founding year grant of $105,000! Bridges enjoyed learning more about your mission and look forward to seeing the great things you’ll ...
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Meet Saida!

A youth involved in Bridges programming who immigrated to the U.S. with her family at just seven years old. Her family arrived in the U.S. with no resources, family connections, ...
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Dominion Guild

Dominion Guild

Thank you, Dominion Guild, for donating towels, sheets, bathroom supplies, and more! The donations will go directly to families in Bridges shelter. Often times, families enter the shelter with little to ...
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CareFirst

CareFirst

Thank you, CareFirst, for volunteering at Bridges for CareFirst's week of equity and action! They spent a couple hours a Bridges shelter gardening, landscaping, and cleaning up the property. Thanks for ...
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AWLA

Bridges enjoyed tabling at AWLA’s Community Care Fair! Bridges shared about our programs and services to attendees while getting to meet their furry friends! Click here for a quick recap ...
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Clarendon Presbyterian Church Continues Monthly Drive-thru Food and Toiletry Collections for Bridges and RPC in 2021

Clarendon Presbyterian Church (CPC) recently announced that it will continue holding monthly drive-thru food and toiletry collections for the foreseeable future to support their neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. The ...
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Volunteers at Bridges to Independence

CannonDesign

Thank you, CannonDesign, for moving our office furniture from our administrative offices to our community services center. Some of Bridges staff are working out of the community center, so having more ...
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First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church

Last month, middle and high school students from First Presbyterian Church sorted, organized, and prepared donations for Bridge's Back to School Drive and Drop! Thanks to their support, kids were ...
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Helping Hands Society of Greater Washington

Helping Hands Society of Greater Washington

Bridges was honored to attend a luncheon hosted by the Helping Hands Society of Greater Washington. The luncheon was to recognize grant recipients and members of the National Association of ...
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Bridges to Independence Announces Merger with Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation

Bridges to Independence Announces Merger with Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation Combined non-profit organization will enhance services to Northern Virginia families in need, deepen ties to Arlington’s Green Valley ...
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AT&T Grant to Bridges for Youth Program

Bridges to Independence Receives Support from AT&T (Arlington, VA) - Bridges to Independence received a $20,000 grant from AT&T Foundation to support the continuation of Bridges’ Youth Development Program. The ...
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Build bridges during government shutdown

Dear Friends, As you are aware, the partial government shutdown has hit the four-week mark, impacting the nation and especially those in our region. Bridges to Independence relies on federal funding ...
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Arlington Turkey Trot

Arlington, VA - Arlington Magazine readers have voted the Arlington Turkey Trot the best local race for 2019. The “Trot” as it is often referred to, is truly an Arlington ...
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Home for the Holidays

Bridges to Independence is ending homelessness: one family, one home at a time. Will you help? No family should be homeless, especially during the holidays. Our goal is to raise ...
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Bridges to Independence Responds to Amazon HQ2 Announcement

  Bridges to Independence Responds to Amazon HQ2 Announcement Amazon encouraged to address homelessness, housing affordability for at-risk families in Northern Virginia   Arlington, Va. – Bridges to Independence, a ...
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Farewell, Mark

On Friday, September 21st we said goodbye to long-time staff member, Mark Moreau. After 32 years of dedicated service, Mark has certainly left his mark on Bridges to Independence. “It’s ...
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Deloitte Receives Award for Volunteer Service to Bridges

Deloitte representatives receive their award at the Arlington Cares volunteer recognition event Here at Bridges, we rely on volunteers to help us achieve our mission. We are pleased to announce ...
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Bridges Wins Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Bridges to Independence was honored to receive this year's Arlington Economic Development Legacy Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The award was presented at the Arlington Premiere, a reception welcoming new ...
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Homelessness Shows Further Decline

Slowly, but surely, our efforts are paying off. Each year, on a cold night in January, volunteers from throughout the DC Metro area explore every corner of our region to ...
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Bunny Hop a Success!

The first annual Arlington Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk was a resounding success, attracting over 500 participants on a gorgeous spring morning! Bridges was thrilled to be the beneficiary of this ...
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Bridges Youth Feel the Thrill of Success Through Running

Here at Bridges, we strive to help youth build confidence, trust, and respect through enriching experiences - such as our running club, Bridges Runs. Bridges Runs was founded five years ago by ...
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Habiba’s Inspiring Story

Our former participant Habiba graduated from George Mason University in December and we couldn't be prouder! Watch a video about Habiba and read her inspiring story: My husband and I ...
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2017 Year In Review Published

In fiscal year 2017, we found much reason to rejoice as we celebrated our 32nd anniversary. We are pleased to present the highlights of the last year. 2017 YEAR IN ...
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Building Update

In Northern Virginia, the cost of living continues to rise, placing an incredible burden on our community’s most vulnerable families. As a result, the number of families in need of ...
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Bridges to Independence Volunteers

Read the latest news from Bridges, impact stories, recent collaborations in the community, and the youth’s perspectives on Bridges’ programming!

Do you need help or supportive services?

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless, contact Arlington County’s Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau (CAB) at 703-228-1300 for help. In case of shelter need during non-business hours, please call 703-228-1010 for assistance.

Arlington County also is offering special assistance with rent, food, and vaccination information during the pandemic. Call 703-228-7999 or visit https://publicassistance.arlingtonva.us/.

If you live in the Green Valley community and are in need of supportive services, please call 703-525-7177.