A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Neighboring to End Family Homelessness

            Bridge of Hope mentor and girl            Bridge of Hope mom and mentor

Who are Bridge of Hope Neighboring Volunteers?

Bridge of Hope Neighboring Volunteers help to end homelessness for a family with children (typically a single mother with 2 -3 children) by providing tangible supports, networking to help find housing and other desired resources, and offering encouragement and hope in relationships.

Who makes up a group of Neighboring Volunteers?

  • 6 to 10 people from a church (or other Christian Faith Community, such as a Bible Study group)
  • Both men and women, young and old, married and single
  • Committed to the Bridge of Hope Neighborhood for 12 to 24 months while the family is involved in the Bridge of Hope program and working toward financial stability

What is a Bridge of Hope Neighborhood?

A Bridge of Hope Neighborhood is a three-way partnership between a Neighboring Family, a group of Neighboring Volunteers, and a Bridge of Hope Neighborhood Resource Specialist who come together to support the goals and desires of the Neighboring Family with the purpose of ending and preventing homelessness.

What is the time commitment for a Neighboring Volunteer?

  • 5 Hours of initial Bridge of Hope Neighboring Training
  • Individual time providing tangible, practical support, as well as networking on behalf of the Neighboring Family based on their specific goals and desires
  • Individual time spent offering encouragement and emotional support through a variety of ways like phone calls, emails, texts, one-on-one get-togethers, etc.
  • Neighborhood Gatherings scheduled three ways: one time only gatherings such as a Neighborhood Launch and Move-in event, quarterly gatherings for the purpose of ongoing training; and social gatherings for celebration and/or relationship building.
  • Neighboring is relationship building, and as with all relationships, the more time that is given, the stronger relationship can emerge.

How are Neighboring Volunteers supported?

  • The Bridge of Hope Neighborhood Resource Specialist will facilitate a Neighborhood Launch to introduce the Neighboring Volunteers and the Neighboring Family
  • Continued education opportunities for Neighboring Volunteers though a Neighboring Resource Guide, access to a Bridge of Hope online video library, and presentations at Neighborhood Gatherings
  • Regular support from Neighborhood Resource Specialist via emails and/or phone calls, and group or individual meetings