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27 | Apr 2017

Against the Odds

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

More than 10,000 families applied for the 115 affordable apartments BRIDGE recently completed at Marea Alta, across from the San Leandro BART Station, making the odds of moving in tougher than gaining admission to Stanford. I’m particularly inspired by the story of one new resident, Ahmad, who has overcome so much to create a better life for his family.

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If you watched the Academy Awards last month, you may have caught sight of two BRIDGE properties. Academic and political activist Angela Davis was interviewed at the 16th Street Train Station in West Oakland in director Ava DuVernay’s "13th,” which explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the U.S.


14 | Feb 2017

All You Need is Love

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

“All you need is love” according to The Beatles, and as Valentine’s Day arrives amid what has been a long and stormy winter, I welcome the sentiment! It is a blessing to take time to focus on the love we feel for family, friends and our communities, and to appreciate the passion for mission shared by the BRIDGE team.

Love is something that can grow, be renewed and expand to fill the deepest need. Sadly, the same cannot be said for resources for affordable homes.

16 | Jan 2017

In Celebration

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

As we honor the birthday of one of our most celebrated American heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it's important to recall some of his words: “The time is always right to do what is right.” His legacy continues to reverberate throughout the land.

Dr. King stood for many things, most importantly equality of rights, diversity and hope for the future of America. At BRIDGE, we try to remember those same things by providing people with affordable housing and a chance to succeed. We celebrate diversity and the level playing field a stable home can provide.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

December is a good time to talk about Peace on Earth--something we seem to have in short supply. As the war in Syria continues to raze ancient cities and inflict horrible casualties on civilian families, America continues to reel from open meanness, and the most divisive election in memory.

How do we turn our attention back to common civility, caring for others, respect for diversity of people, of opinion, of religion, of lifestyle? By taking a deep breath, giving it some thought and keeping on doing what we are doing.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

“Compassion” is one of BRIDGE’s core values. With the holiday season upon us and the new year approaching, many people are taking time to reflect upon what they are thankful for and how to help others who are less fortunate.

To provide a bit of perspective, the average annual income of a BRIDGE resident is about $32,000. And at some properties, such as Alemany, which we recently acquired, the need is even greater: can you imagine raising a family in San Francisco on an income of $12,000 per year?

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

With one of the longest-seeming election seasons heading to a close, I am motivated to pause and reflect on what it means to live in a democracy. Civic engagement is a sign of a healthy community, and it thrills me to see people getting involved in ways that are individually and collectively meaningful. Civic engagement strengthens networks and builds social capital—important ingredients for stability and growth.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

Along the west coast and in other markets around the country, the dire need for affordable housing is at an all-time high. BRIDGE received a heartbreaking 10,000 applications for just 115 apartments in one of our newest buildings, Marea Alta in San Leandro, and 5,000 for 68 apartments at AvéVista in Oakland (application line pictured below).


POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

Fall usually brings back memories of new beginnings--it’s usually the start of the school year, and it has been fun to hear staff talk about their kids starting preschool, elementary, high school and even college. I have very fond memories of the first day of kindergarten for both my girls, who had the same teacher although they are eight years apart. The teacher went by her first name, Patsy, and kept bunnies in the room. I cried both times when I left them, even though I was a regular volunteer.

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Every year, the entire BRIDGE staff from San Diego to Seattle gathers for a one-day retreat. It’s a big time commitment and a lot of work to pull off, but I believe that it is imperative to bring all members of our team together face to face, to inspire one another, share experiences and see how each person works to fulfill our mission.

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