Is your church ready to walk alongside and mentor a family?
One Church One Family
Church teams provide emotional support by serving as loving friends to the family as they move through the program. These volunteers act as mentors and role models to the family. They help move the family into their apartment, attend the B2H dinners, provide transportation to worship at your church, and take them on periodic fun outings. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for additional information.
We are always looking for more partners in this labor of love. Help us spread the word. The Harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your ministry model?
The Bridge to Hope (B2H) seeks to help to end homelessness for single mothers and their children by partnering with local churches in the task. The B2H is a three-way partnership between trained staff, one homeless, single mother and her children, and a trained, church-based mentoring group of 8 to 12 mentors from a local Christian faith community. Through use of this model, B2H seeks to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wholeness.
What is expected of the partnering Church?
The role of the partnering church is to create a support system for the family that goes beyond the working relationship that the B2H staff can offer. The church disciples their B2H family, socializes with them, learns who they are beyond being homeless and are examples of how to live successful godly lives. One of the most detrimental aspects of poverty and homelessness is the negative environment brought about by such conditions. Families coming from that background need to lifted out of that atmosphere and surrounded by positivity and the endless possibilities that come with faith and hope. This is what a partnering church is best equipped to do.
What kind of things do you need a church volunteer to do?
What does being on a church team require?
More specifically, when a family is selected for your team, you as a team have an opportunity to move your family into The Bridge to Hope. B2H provides an apartment. The team has access prior to the family moving in. The team is given an opportunity to make it into a home, not just an apartment. This will include picking up any furniture being donated by any other members of your church and bringing it to the apartment. The team provides, if possible, all the staple furnishings, household items and items that make it feel like home. Some teams stock their new B2H family’s cabinets with staple groceries. This is very nice, but not required. This is all done prior to the family moving in.
This is a very important time for everyone on the mentoring church team to be present. The family is usually so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that they bond very rapidly with anyone present that day. So even if you can’t carry heavy furniture, you can still be on hand to put dishes in cabinets, or watch the children. Your presence will be appreciated. And many hands make light work.
Church Attendance Requirements
The team needs to coordinate all this together so that each team member will have opportunity to develop a positive personal relationship with the mother and her children.
Fellowship Dinner Requirements
All support team members are encouraged to attend the B2H Dinners as often as possible, but your team is required to have at least one volunteer mentor in attendance at every dinner. B2H dinners are held at the Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N. 7th Avenue on the 1st Thursday of each month and 3rd Tuesday in your B2H family’s home. It is your team’s responsibility to be sure your B2H family has a ride to the dinner.
Other opportunities to volunteer with The Bridge to Hope
Who qualifies to be a B2H mom?
Families coming to B2H must consist of a single mother with one to four children under the age of 10. However, we find the most success with a mother with no more than two young children. The mother must be willing to work cooperatively with church mentors/volunteers and Bridge staff and be an ‘open book’. Each mother must also be willing to attend church with her mentoring church team. Other vital qualities are that the mother should have a teachable spirit, be willing to implement a personal recovery program, and maintain good hygiene both personally and with her children and home.
Mothers must maintain sobriety in both drugs and alcohol or any addictive substance, as B2H conducts random drug tests of all participating families.
We ask each family to do their part in keeping the community safe. If a family has experienced domestic violence, they are asked to not reveal the location of The Bridge to Hope to their abuser or allow their abuser anywhere on the property.
Each mother must be willing and able to work and to have her children day care. Families must make changes in their lives, with the goal of being self-sustaining and off all government assistance.
How long can a mom stay in the program?
How do you find the moms in your program?
Do you accept moms with children of any age?
Is there a limit to the number of children they have?
What qualifies a mother to be considered a “Bridge Graduate”?
- They will be self supporting
- They will be off any direct government assistance
- They will be employed full time
- They will have a savings account of $1,000 or more
- Their credit will be in good standing — they will have cleared all debts or will be making regular payments to do so
- They need to understand their cycles and patterns related to their homelessness
- They will maintain their sobriety
- They will have known their worth in Christ Jesus
You said 20% graduate but 53% I believe get jobs and go on with their lives. Why the difference?
Some mothers become employed, but they do not make the lifestyle change necessary to maintain stability. Employment will not ensure a mother’s ability to provide stable housing. It takes a commitment to learning financial literacy, the ability to eliminate risky behavior including drug use and dependence on unhealthy relationships. A mother sometimes becomes employed and chooses to leave prior to graduating or will find employment. Others will move in with a man or return to drugs or just simply stop working “the program” of The Bridge to Hope. In these cases, she will not be counted as a graduate.
What happened with the other 47%? Did they all just drop out? If so why?
Why don’t you expand your program and serve more mothers?
Can we take a homeless single mother without church involvement?
If they can take a bus or other public transportation to look for a job or go to school, why can't they do the same for church attendance?
I was bound by bad relationships and drugs. God brought me to the Bridge and gave me my church team to show me love. They saved my family.Melissa
I cannot express in words what my church team means to me. They have welcomed me into their church and surrounded me with love. The Bridge will always be a part of my life, because they have given me hope, something I never had.Jennifer
What a joy to see the next generation, not living in homelessness, or even remembering being homeless…Or with parents in their addictions, but growing up in the knowledge of God’s love and guidance in their lives. When a mom comes to B2H, she brings the next generation with her. The hopelessness, helplessness and addictions have stopped and her children learn to trust and be part of that adoptive family forever. God’s adopted family.Evogene, A B2H mentor
Current Church Partners
We are always looking for more partners in this labor of love. If you are a member of a church community that is not listed below, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to speak with someone from The Bridge to Hope directly. Help us spread the word. The Harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.
Are you a member of one of these church communities?
Interested in joining the existing mentoring team? Call the church office and ask to speak with the team coordinator today!
Apollo Baptist Church is currently in the midst of forming a team, contact Gwen Crotts if you are interested in being on the team!
Bethany Bible Church – Speak to either Pastor Brad or Evogene
Faith Bible Church – Speak to Pastor Allen
First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale – Speak to Sallie or April. Listen to Pastor Freddy T share his perspective of The Bridge to Hope!
Scottsdale Bible Church – Ask for Eliza
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Bridge to Hope
Bridge to Hope
1815 W. Missouri Ave #105
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The Bridge to Hope, Inc.
A Transformational Housing Ministry for homeless single mothers.
Address: 1815 W. Missouri Ave #105
Phoenix, Arizona 85015
Phone: 602.589.5556 (Phone & Fax)
Business Hours: 8:30a-3:00p M-F, or by Apointment