Our programs

The Bridges Run

The Bridges Run is an opportunity for a group of trained volunteers, along with Bridges’ staff, to go directly to the streets and shelters to meet homeless men, women and children. On a typical Run, our truck is loaded with fresh, ready-to-eat meals in bags, sustainable lunches (long shelf life provisions), and soup, among other items of necessity, for those living on the street or in dire need. Our volunteers share conversation and bridge the gap between the housed and the homeless.


Welcome Neighbors

Every Friday, Bridges opens its doors at the Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit to neighbors in need who receive food, clothing, showers and other necessities.


Project Connect

In March 2014, Bridges opened “Project Connect” at St. John’s Soup Kitchen at 22 Mulberry Street in Newark offering case management services to link homeless to health and social services that will lead to a healthier life and ultimately housing. An ID Project assists clients in obtaining County and State photo IDs, the lack of which is a barrier to shelter and services.  Project Connect is currently located at 35 Halsey Street, Newark.


Please visit our Project Connect page here.


Backpack and School Supply Distribution

Bridges partners with Christ Child Society of Summit to provide new backpacks and schools supplies to nearly 500 children in Summit eligible for free and reduced lunches. In addition, Bridges supports an additional 500 sheltered children in Newark and Irvington.