Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
This nondenominational ministry for the Pennsylvania counties of Chester and Lancaster began in 1988 by providing rental assistance for homeless mothers and their children. Today Bridge of Hope offers life-skills classes and an ongoing mentoring relationship with the goal of acquiring permanent housing and self-sufficiency. One family from a congregation is matched with one homeless family. A staff of five oversees the training of mentoring families and homeless families. Over 20 congregations participate with 8 to 12 different groups in each congregation. Funding sources include churches, individuals, businesses, fund raising events, and private foundation grants. Bridge of Hope's home office offers assistance in starting a Bridge of Hope affiliate. They will provide a trainer for a minimum of two days for the new affiliate board, staff, and volunteers. An introductory packet of information includes a video, brochures, covenant summary, timeline and other information.