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Bridge House Annual Report

Bridge House Annual Report

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bridgehouse 
Serving Boulder’s Homeless & Working Poor 
ANNUAL REPORT
 
2011
 
bridge house
 
2011 Annual Report
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Serving Boulder’s Homeless & Working Poor 
FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR
 Dear Bridge House Supporter:2011 was an eventful year for Bridge House. We changed our name. Ourold name, The Carriage House Community Table, came from our location inthe historic carriage house behind First Congregational Church and from ourmerger with the Community Table organization. Our board of directors wanted
a new name that was shorter and also better reected our mission. Our staff
and volunteers worked to create a transition to the new name that involved theadoption of a new logo and a number of events to introduce the new name tothe community. The transition went well, and our new name and logo really helpto send the message that we provide a bridge to help the homeless and workingpoor in our community to employment, housing and stable lives.Our staff and board also spent considerable time and effort this past year in oursearch for larger facilities. Our 1200 square foot building has been bursting at theseams. Not only are we hampered in our ability to expand our program services,but the crowding is a safety concern as well. We hosted a neighborhood meetingin May to get feedback on the possibility of moving to the old Yocum Studiobuilding near Broadway and Arapahoe. After listening to many concerns from thecommunity as well as conducting an extensive examination of the risks and coststhat would be associated with a remodel of the building, our board decided not topurchase the building.While our building committee continues to work with City of Boulder staff tosearch for new facilities, we have achieved some relief from crowding by leasing a
small ofce in a building just across the alley from our present facility.
 After more than a year of planning we launched our Ready to Work program inDecember. Ready to Work is a supportive employment program that provideswork opportunities for people who are homeless and chronically unemployed orunderemployed. Ready to Work has met with an enthusiastic reception from ourclients, city government, the business community, and our funders. The program
is starting as a six month pilot, but we hope that it will ourish and expand.
Our long term and beloved Executive Director, Joy Eckstine, left Bridge Housein December, due to health problems. The board has now hired Isabel McDevittas our new executive director. Isabel is the person who can not only continuethe values of caring and respect that Joy brought, but take us to the next levelof organizational development and help to make services for the homeless more
efcient, effective and accessible. And we are thrilled that Joy will continue to be
involved with Bridge House as a volunteer.
Bridge House has benetted tremendously from our relationship with Social
Venture Partners over the last couple years. SVP is a part of the Community
Foundation Serving Boulder County. SVP has provided not only nancial support,but advice, counsel, and leadership to help us grow as a non-prot organization.
It’s an honor for me to serve as the chair of the Bridge House board of directors. Iam very proud of the work of our organization and the wonderful support that wereceive. Thank you all!Sincerely,George Epp
 
 
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LEXI UDELL.
 
Lexi, who once worked in airplanemanufacturing, is now housed in Denver. She visitsus and brings us information about resources inher new role as advocate for Colorado Coalitionfor the Homeless.
 
TRAVIS CULLEY.Travis arrived in Boulder a few years agowith $2 in his pocket. He worked assiduously for years as abike messenger. He now works at Left Hand Bookstore and ishappily housed and happily in a relationship.
 
DANIEL ARMSTRONG.
Housed, but back to help us ght thegood ght!
 
RON CHASE.What a story! Disabled from a fall while running to
catch the bus to work, Ron has nally succeeded in obtainingbenets and is moving back to his trailer. But, not content to
wait passively, Ron ran for City Council to try to better thesituation of other homeless people.
 
 ANDREW.Familiar to so many of us, butperhaps you are not aware that he is a Bolder
Boulder nisher! (thanks to AIR Foundation….)
 
BRAD H.Housed, happy and stable, Brad was one of the mostfaithful garden volunteers.
There are so many successes and so manyvarieties of what success means… Here, see afew of our successes over the years.
 
SUCCESS STORIES AT BRIDGE HOUSE

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