Bridge of Hope

Exton. (866) 670-4673.

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.