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Non Profit of the Week – Bridge to Home

| SC Living | March 8, 2018

Bridge to Home is a comprehensive homeless services agency partner with our community to end homeless in the Santa Clarita Valley by building bridges to shelter, support services and permanent housing and by advocating for solutions that benefit our neighbors in need.

Our story begins back in 1993 when St. Clare’s Catholic Church and the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council hosted a meeting to develop a shelter program for homeless individuals and families. Three years later, the Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation (SCCDC), now known as Bridge to Home, was formed by a group of volunteers at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and in 1997 the Santa Clarita Shelter opened with 22 emergency shelter beds.

By 2005, Bridge to Home was operating two shelters: one in the Santa Clarita Valley with 40 beds, and a second shelter in Sylmar with 125 beds. The Sylmar shelter transitioned to another provider in 2015. In 2013 we established “The Bridge Client Care Center” a homeless services access center, that provided year-round client services providing advocacy, resources and case management to people experiencing homelessness. The number of beds increased to 60 for the Winter Shelter season of 2015.

From conception to the present, Bridge to Home has always depended on the kindness and caring hearts of the Santa Clarita community. For many years, the organization ran on volunteers alone and, as it has grown, we continue to partner with our volunteers for 99 percent of the meals we serve during the year.

Bridge to Home, now a comprehensive homeless services agency, is embarking on a capital campaign to build a single-campus homeless service facility at our current location on 23031 Drayton Street in Santa Clarita. This single campus would facilitate a year-round shelter with beds and support services for individuals as well as families.

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Find out more about Bridge to Home at Btohome.org.

Hero of the Week – Geeta Joseph

Bridge to Home would like to recognize Geeta Joseph as our “Hero of the Week.” Geeta has been a volunteer at Bridge to Home for more than six years. She began volunteering with her congregation, Valencia United Methodist Church, making and serving meals during the winter shelter period. She expanded her volunteering to the summer months, as one of the organizers of her church. The Feeding It Forward program runs from May through October at the shelter site, which provides warm meals to our community members.

Two years ago, Geeta extended her kindness and added Wednesday afternoons, volunteering at the Bridge office welcoming clients at the front desk, answering phones, and supporting the case management staff. She is a dependable, cheerful, and a very competent individual who makes our work a bit lighter. She cares about the people in her community and her kind smile and giving heart make her an exceptional volunteer.

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