What We Do

Volunteering at Bridges to Independence

Our vision is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty.

Bridges to Independence is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, based in Arlington County, VA, and founded in 1985, as the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. In December 2020, Bridges merged with Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation to expand Bridges’ mission and further achieve the vision. Currently, Bridges serves about 500 individuals annually across Arlington County.

Our short-term goal is to help individual and families right now – whether they are unable to pay a utility bill or are experiencing emergency homelessness. Long-term, Bridges aims to empower today’s struggling youth or adults to be tomorrow’s successful community members. Historically, Bridges’ focus has been on families, especially the children. Today, Bridges expands that focus to empower those in need by enhancing their economic and social development, especially those living in the Green Valley community.

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.