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2013 Program Outcomes

Program Outcome Survey Results

Since its founding in 1988, Bridge Communities has helped over 600 families successfully cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency, permanent housing and financial stability.  In 1999, Bridge began to survey client families one-year after they exited the two-year Transitional Housing Program.  Results from clients who exited the Program in 2012 indicate that while in the Transitional Housing Program, Bridge client families developed the skills necessary to live productive, self-sufficient lives.

Housing, Employment, Debt Management and Educational Outcomes

Housing

100% of clients who exited the Program in the past year and completed the survey were able to maintain stable housing

77% fair market housing 
8% subsidized housing
8% living with a relative
8% owns a home


Employment

100% of former clients who completed the survey were able to maintain stable employment

69% are employed full-time 
31% are employed part-time


Debt Management

93% of former clients responding had not increased level of debt since they left the Program

23% no debt
39% debt remained the same
31% debt decreased
7% debt increased
 

Education

46% of clients who responded have improved or advanced their education since exiting the Program

Of those, 50% earned a degree or certification

"As a mentor, I feel that I have received more than I have given...the goal of a mentor might be to help families find resources to further their education, get out of debt, and plan for the future, but one soon realizes that it is the social and emotional support that is most essential.  Being a mentor has taught me patience, compassion, and perseverance.  It has changed my definition of success and increased my gratitude toward family, friends and God."