100 Touches and an ID

100 Touches and an ID By Jaleesa McEachin, Case Manager Industry standard is that it takes 100 touches to develop a meaningful engagement with a person living on the street. This means 100 “hellos” or “good mornings” until outreach can lead to case management.    Every morning I come to work knowing I will make…

Friday Folks

Friday Folks Greetings to all Bridges supporters,  Most of you are aware of the support programs that Bridges provides such as Project Connect in Newark and our efforts to stem the homeless population there, and the recent Back-to-School day here in Summit where hundreds of school supplies were provided to families in need. And of…

Danny’s Story

Danny’s Story Danny has been living outside for at least seven years. He is a fixture on the corner of Washington & Central, in Newark, in front of St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral with his walker. Sometimes he wakes up at University Hospital, having collapsed on the street. We see Danny at least twice a day, if…

Home Visit w/ Jaleesa | Ms. D

Home Visit w/ Jaleesa | Ms. D Wed Mar 5, 2020, 11am Hi there, Bridges Partners! My name is Ashley Hill Trotter, and I am the newest member of the Bridges team! I currently serve as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, a role in which I will be working to advocate on behalf of Bridges…

Ending Homelessness

Ending Homelessness Two weeks ago I met a man who was living in an abandoned shipping container in a neighborhood he described as “not very safe”. He explained to me that, in addition to the sound of regular gunshots, it was also much colder in there than it was outside. Every night he has to…

Alice’s Post – My Bridges Experience

  Alice, Senior at The Pingry School Second year on TTH   The personal experience that has given me the most satisfaction in my life was probably the first Bridges Run that I went on my freshman year in high school. In middle school I made lunches for the Runs, but we weren’t actually allowed…