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The Bridge

Providing support and shelter to youth

The Bridge of Arbor Circle is a safe shelter program for youth who are facing homelessness or considering running away. In the middle of crisis, The Bridge offers youth a stable and accessible place to stay. Along with a variety of supportive programs,it helps them connect with peers, learn new skills, and find resources to reconnect with their families, schools and community.

How it works

The Bridge provides crisis shelter, counseling, case management, group support, youth activities and connections to other needed services, The Bridge assists youth with meeting their basic needs, setting goals, building new life skills, and establishing connections with peers and mentors who can support them. Services include:

  • Shelter services available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for up to 21 days
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Intake/Assessment
  • Counseling
  • Case management
  • Placement
  • Community education and prevention services
  • Service learning opportunities for civic engagement

Results

In 2011, The Bridge at Arbor Circle supported 305 youth and their families and provided over 2,500 shelter days or care. Of those served:

  • 85% of the youth were safely reunited with parent/guardian.
  • 80% of youth reported progress towards their identified goal areas and increased life skills.
  • 95% of youth/families reported being satisfied with services and that they would refer other youth.
  • 82% of youth remained safe/stable after 90 days of discharge from The Bridge.
  • 100% of youth/families are linked to other services in the community.

Eligibility

The Bridge services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to youth in need of safe shelter and supportive services due to issues such as safety, runaway/homelessness, and/or disconnection from family, school or community. Services are available for:

  • Youth between the ages of 10-17, both Male and Female
  • Youth staying/residing in the Counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, and Ionia
  • Youth/families in crisis can call or walk in anytime 
  • Services are free

Are you or is a youth you know homeless or considering running away? We can help. Call us toll-free 1-877-275-7792 or call (616) 451-3001.

 

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