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Bridge of Hope at Love Chapel serves single mothers who struggle with inadequate housing or lack permanent housing. The program can be an opportunity for someone who is looking for encouragement and support as they work toward financial stability through employment within a 12-24 month period.

"IS BRIDGE OF HOPE RIGHT FOR ME?

Bridge of Hope is a 12-24 month program designed to assist single women with children in achieving family stability. We believe that family stability includes permanent housing, financial stability through employment, life-changing friendships, and increased self-esteem and growth in the areas of holistic living. Participating in this program requires a great deal of work and commitment. In order to assist families in achieving their goals, we maintain the expectations outlined below for all program participants. Please review these expectations to consider whether you are willing and able to commit yourself to working toward them at this time. 

An application for the Bridge of Hope program can be requested by calling Love Chapel at 372-9421 or coming in during our open office hours from 9:00am to 12:00am Monday through Friday.  Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff will review your application and set a time to speak with you personally to determine whether they believe you can benefit from Bridge of Hope program services at this time.  

During the application process, it is important for you to contact the office once a week by phone and follow through with appointments. This will be taken into account as your application is reviewed. If at anytime during this process you decide the Bridge of Hope program is not right for you, we ask that you call us to withdraw your application. 

Bridge of Hope asks all participants to commit to the expectations below: 

Housing 

1. I will secure permanent housing with the assistance of Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff and mentors. 

2. I agree that only my children and I will reside in my home. 

3. I will keep my residence clean and safe, including all walkways, stairs and halls that are my responsibility. 

4. I will follow the lease agreement as signed by myself and my landlord and notify my landlord promptly of any maintenance problems. 

Employment & Finances 

1. I will seek regular, permanent employment in order to become financially stable during my time in the Bridge of Hope program. 

2. I will increase my earning potential by pursuing additional schooling or job training, if necessary. 

3. I will pay all my bills (rent, utilities, telephone, etc.) in a timely manner. 

4. I will work with Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff to develop budgeting skills that will support financial stability and will keep staff updated on my financial situation. This includes being accountable for the ways I spend my money. 

Relationships 

1. I will work with, learn from and build friendships with a mentoring group from a local church. 

2. I will allow mentors and Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff to be involved in my life for the purposes of support, guidance, and friendship as I develop a plan to meet my goals. 

3. I will attend monthly Bridge of Hope Nights with my mentors. Attendance is required. 

4. I will maintain basic phone service, which is important to stay in contact with my mentors and Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff. 

5. I will work with Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff to develop a Personal Service Agreement, identifying specific goals for myself and my children and committing myself to work toward these goals. 

6. I will communicate openly and honestly with Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff. 

Holistic Living 

1. I will identify and work on goals in the areas of physical, emotional, social and spiritual health while I am in the Bridge of Hope program. 

2. I will not use alcohol during the time I am in the Bridge of Hope program. 

3. I will not have any involvement with or use of illegal drugs. I will submit to drug testing if deemed necessary by Love Chapel/Bridge of Hope Program Site staff. 

4. I will work with and keep appointments with Love Chapel and other community agencies. 

This all leads to two main questions: Am I ready to have other people become actively involved with me? Am I ready to make the major changes this will require in my life?

Feel free to call Love Chapel (372-9421) to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We know that you are in a vulnerable position and want to be as helpful and forthright with you as possible. We believe God has a plan of your future and we wish you peace for the journey ahead." 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Bridge of Hope strives to end and prevent homelessness for women and children with the help of trained mentoring groups within congregations. Our goal is to exemplify Christ’s love and to promote physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wholeness. Single mothers attain permanent housing; financial stability through employment; life-changing friendships; and growth and wholeness.

Referrals to the Bridge of Hope program come from shelters, transitional housing programs, social service agencies and churches. Women are equally accepted into the program regardless of race, ethnicity, faith or past experiences. Self-referrals are also accepted if the person is not involved with any social service agency. The referral of a woman to the program does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Bridge of Hope’s program is built upon relationships—between participants, program social worker, and mentors. But the value of relationships extends far beyond those more intimate relationships formed within the program. The success of Bridge of Hope Program Sites depends on Program Site social worker, churches, and the community at large being aware of the foundation and core values that support the Bridge of Hope Program Site. 

Upon acceptance into the program, applicants are “matched” with a mentoring group, which consists of 8 to 12 persons from one local church. The mentoring group provides friendship, practical help, emotional support and spiritual nurture to the family they are mentoring. Your agency’s Bridge of Hope Program staff provides initial training and ongoing monthly support to the mentoring group while the family is in the program. The goal is that the mentoring friendships will continue upon completion of the 12 to 24 month program.

The Bridge of Hope Program Site coordinates case management services for the participating family. A service contract is signed by the woman outlining the basic expectations. A personal service agreement is also developed with the participant that outlines her goals and action steps in the following areas: finding housing, obtaining employment or job training, working towards financial stability and growing in the areas of physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.

The Bridge of Hope Program Site staff and mentoring group help to find housing for the family in the vicinity of the church and mentoring group. Once housing is found, the Bridge of Hope program pays for the security deposit and first month’s rent. The Bridge of Hope program also pays rental assistance on a decreasing basis over a period of approximately 9 to 15 months, based on the woman’s employment and/or job training plan. During this time, participants are encouraged to seek education or job training that will enhance their earning potential.

Bridge of Hope Program Site social worker meets with the participant on a regular basis to provide case-management services and life-skills training and to review progress towards the goals she set in her personal service agreement.

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single father 22/09/2014 00:17:29
So....what about all the single fathers who need this Same kind of assistance? Are the mothers more important? Does anyone care about the dads out there that really do all the work?
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