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Our Initiatives

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Food Initiative

Our Food Pantry is an avenue for building relationships while meeting our community’s most basic needs. We don’t just hand out food to our clients. We sit and talk with them about everything from good recipes to how they might better utilize their time and money. We even help them build their resumes. Our aim is to offer practical solutions and ultimately break the cycle of their dependence on others to have their basic needs met. We want them to be healthy and self-sustainable.

 

Counseling

Bridging For Tomorrow offers counseling in English and in Spanish to our community members at no charge. Many of these individuals are identified as they come in for regular appointments at our Food Pantry. Research has shown that when people receive appropriate mental health care, their use of medical services declines. Individuals with psychological problems are more likely to make poor behavior choices, which contribute to medical problems such as smoking, excessive alcohol or drug use, poor eating habits, and reckless behavior. Children whose parents have a mental illness are at risk for developing social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems. We have two counselors that each see around five individuals for an hour every week.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

It costs an average of $6,716 to attend a two-year state college and an average of $26,964 to attend a four-year college. Many students cannot afford this kind of education and will alternatively choose to become certified for specific career opportunities. These certification exams cost an average of $100. Bridging For Tomorrow is a proud sponsor of Klein Forest’s Scholarship Program which covers the costs of various Career & Technical Education (CTE) exams. CTE exams are offered for a variety of industries including Cosmetology, AutoCAD, Floral Design, Culinary Arts, and ServSafe. Recipients must apply for the scholarship, have regular attendance at school, be in good academic standing, and be involved in at least two community service projects.

 

after school clubs

These programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe and structured environment for the children of working parents. We support two programs that meet twice a week for tutoring, character lessons, and fun activities that engage the students. The Bridge of Light Club serves families in the community around Kaiser Elementary and the Bridge of Hope Club serve families around Nitsch Elementary. These clubs provide a place where the kids feel loved, are surrounded by positive role models, and are able to thrive.

 

Mentoring

Our School Mentorship Program provides children with a friend who listens to them and helps them see their value and potential. Mentors spend an hour each week with their mentees talking, reading, and playing games. This positive relationship with a caring, responsible adult makes a huge difference in their lives.