Join us in our mission to transform St. Joseph County
Utilizing the Bridges Out of Poverty framework we want to support an individual's move from generational poverty to self-sufficiency, enhancing the quality of life for everyone and create a model for other communities. Find out how you can help create a sustainable community today.
WOW! It is the middle of May. Almost half way through the year already. Well, I guess time really does fly. Here at SJC Bridges, we’ve been extremely busy. And... WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED! ...$25,000.00 MATCHING CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN! ...IT AIN’T OVER! ...the Funder agree to EXTEND THE CAMPAIGN! ...The Community Foundation and The United Way of Elkhart County joined forces to bring to Elkhart Author and Speaker Ruby Payne who had the audience of 900 plus laughing...
At what cost should relationships continue? Take a look, from the perspective of middle school students.
Join the $25,000.00 matching challenge. For everyone dollar given, one dollar is matched.
Is Poverty a Thang!?
Recently, I decided to do some thorough investigation and research on poverty. I pulled out my iPhone and googled the word... "Poverty." What popped up on the screen were words that are alarming.
WITH YEARS OF PUTTING THE FAMILY'S NEEDS BEFORE HER OWN, DELORES NOW SAYS "ITS MY TIME."
FROM ADAPTING TO A NEW CULTURE, TO BECOMING LEADER OF MUSA, FRANCIA SZYMCZAK HAS CONQUERED SMALL THINGS TO FULFILL HER BIG DREAMS.
For this father and daughter, Darryl and Mikayla Simpson, credit was more than just a score. Read their story about their learning experiences through the Bridges Financial Management Class.
The SJC Bridges Financial Management Class is one of our programs designed to help participants build one of eleven resources needed to move out of poverty. The stories of hope are inspiring. At the graduation of our 2016 Fall class, one participant shared, after living a life where she felt overwhelmed by her financial situation, "I can finally breathe!" Read Maria Sanchez's story of taking steps from the tyranny and instability of life to a life filled with hope and stability.
“Don’t impoverished people live under the bridge?” was the comment left on our Facebook page responding to our #BuildTheBridge campaign.