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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?

While quality affordable housing is where we start, we know that to be a place maker and game changer, we have to go further. Our commitment to helping residents achieve stability and reach for new opportunities is part of our DNA. That’s why we provide programs and services for residents of all ages, to help them move toward lifelong success.

Juana, for example, who lives at BRIDGE’s St. Joseph’s Senior Apartments, loves the weekly bingo games with her friends and she takes pride in tending to her flowers in the community garden. Since her husband passed away a few years ago, these activities have become even more important in helping Juana stay connected to her friends and neighbors, preventing the debilitating isolation that so many seniors experience.

 

With programs tailored to the needs of residents, our offerings at other BRIDGE properties range from homework clubs to English as a Second Language, healthy cooking and employment skills. And under our Community Development initiative, we know that the successful large-scale transformation of neighborhoods requires understanding and enhancing conditions that impact residents’ lives, such as child care, schools, jobs and transportation.

Communities across the country are grappling with heartbreaking demand for affordability. At BRIDGE, we are working hard to bring solutions and results to the table: building homes, strengthening neighborhoods and creating opportunities for people. If you are seeking ways to share this holiday season, please consider joining me in making a year-end gift to BRIDGE. Contributions to our annual fund go a long way toward providing much-needed—and indeed life-changing—services for people like Juana.

Thank you for your friendship and compassion, and from all of us at BRIDGE: Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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