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ABOUT US

Outreach Run Volunteers handing out items to Bridges clients.
Our Mission

OUR MISSION

Bridges ends homelessness through street outreach and intensive case management focusing on health, housing, and independence. Bridges forms relationships with those experiencing homelessness while meeting their most urgent needs.

OUR HISTORY

Our History

On a Friday evening in 1988, Geoff and Ginger Worden of Summit, NJ, set off to New York City in the vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge with soup, sandwiches, and coffee hoping to provide connection and support to persons experiencing homelessness. As Geoff Worden recalls, “When we got ready to leave, they thanked us profusely and showered us with ‘God Bless You’. And we responded ‘And God Bless You, we’ll see you next Friday!’ When we did in fact return the next Friday, they were amazed.” That connection under the Brooklyn Bridge was the catalyst for Bridges.

 

35 years later, Bridges continues to provide weekly street support and has also expanded its outreach with case management to help people experiencing homelessness obtain identity documents, enroll in benefits, obtain housing vouchers and diversion support to prevent imminent homelessness through a growing number of programs.

Our Team

OUR TEAM

Picture of Bridges Outreach President, Richard Uniacke.

Richard J. Uniacke

President, Bridges Outreach

       We are not here just to feed and clothe our most vulnerable neighbors so that their experience of homelessness may be less severe. Rather, we believe that even one person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation tonight represents an urgent crisis – and we are here to help solve that crisis.

Bridges Staff – meet the team who make it all happen!

Administration:
Russell Hovland, Chief Financial Officer
Victoria Griffith, Director of Programs & Impact

Annel Montero-Mitchell, Director of Development
 

Program Managers:

Deshonda Renfro, Essex County Program Manager

Desiree Tindell, Union County Program Manager

Christina Zamor, Operations Manager

Development & Communications:

Mary Kate Cahiwat, Development Manager

Diana Reyna, Communications Coordinator

BRIDGES BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bridges Emeritus Trustees
Janice Beckmen, Community Leader
Amanda Parrish Block, Founder, GRACE
Laura Fromm, Author, Editor and Writing Professor
Pam Gumport, Grand Teton National Park Volunteer

Ranger
Coleen McCaffery, Attorney
Kathryn Radutzky, R.N.
Sarah Rosen, Managing Director, 

Women’s Association, NJ Performing Arts Center
Susan Tully, Designer
Prez Tyus, Songwriter
Geoff Worden, Bridges co-Founder
Ginger Worden, Bridges co-Founder

Bridges Advisory Council

Stephen Bonsignore, Brand Communications

Consultant - SDB Communications

Lois Bhatt, Former Executive Director, Bridges

Outreach

Kathleen DiChiara, Founder and Former CEO, Community Foodbank of New Jersey

Adam Franklin, Technical Producer - Hill Holiday Health

Jon Maslin, Senior Vice President, Allied Beverage

Group

Coleen McCaffery, Attorney

Marie Santos, Director of Portfolio Administration,

Select Equity

Brynne Thompson, Founder, Respire Enterprises

Jennifer Velez, SVP and General Counsel, Horizon Blue

Cross Blue Shield

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