Our programs make our community stronger by providing educational resources, hunger alleviation, health services, and promoting individuals' overall well-being.
Our Community Center is a place where people come together for personal development and to build relationships. The programs we offer in this space include classes, support groups, and Community Conversations (where we open our space to the community to focus on a topic of interest). These initiatives help make our community stronger as families invest in one another in meaningful ways. Currently, we are offering an ESL class, a Zumba and Nutrition Class, and a Support Group.
Our food pantry is an avenue for building relationships while helping to meet our community's most basic needs. Before selecting grocery items in the client-choice pantry, individuals visiting the pantry have a chance to talk with a staff member or volunteer about everything from what's happening in their lives to opportunities available in the community. Our aim is to offer practical solutions and encourage independence and self-sufficiency.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and chaotic; it can feel exhausting and more than we can handle alone. We offer short-term counseling in English and Spanish to community members of all ages. Our goal is to listen, empower, inspire growth, and promote mental health healing while providing cognitive development skills for a healthier social-emotional life. Counseling clients are typically identified through their participation in other Bridging For Tomorrow programs.
In addition to our counseling program and food pantry, Bridging for Tomorrow promotes the well-being of our community by providing information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and access to health services. We partner with organizations and businesses like Spring Klein Vision Center to provide free vision screenings and glasses to families who need them.
After School Clubs
These clubs give elementary and middle school students a safe place to go after school two days a week for tutoring, character lessons, and fun activities. In the process, they develop healthy relationships with their peers and with adult volunteers in a positive environment. We currently run two clubs, the Bridge of Hope, serving the community around Nitsch Elementary, and the Bridge of Light, serving the community around Kaiser Elementary.
The goal of this program is to help children read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is a critical predictor for whether a student will succeed in school and graduate. Volunteers are paired with two students and read individually with each child for 15 minutes. This extra one-on-one attention increases student confidence and fluency and encourages a love of reading.
Our mentoring program provides students with a caring adult who gives them emotional and academic support. Having a consistent, positive relationship with a compassionate role-model makes a huge difference in the lives of children and helps them discover their potential.
Bridging for Tomorrow proudly sponsors Career & Technical Education (CTE) exams at Klein Forest High School. These exams provide students with certifications in fields such as AutoCAD, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology. Having a certification can launch a student into a life-long career or provide them with an opportunity to earn money while they attend college.