THE BRIDGE OFFERS BASIC NEEDS AND SERVICES
Our kitchen currently serves in excess of 3000 meals per week. 85% of our food is donated from a variety of sources. 65% of this food is perishable and would have found its way to a dumpster if we weren’t able to “rescue” it through the resources of Operation Food Search and other food providers such as grocery stores, caterers, restaurants and civic groups.
2012 will mark the third season that, in cooperation with Operation Food Search and the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball organization, The Bridge will receive food from Busch Stadium.
Restrooms and phones are available to the approximately 350 people who come in and out of our facility each day. We have computers with internet access for use by our guests who need to write resumes and apply for jobs or search for housing online. The new shower facility on the lower level is now open.
The guest pantry provides personal hygiene items, socks, underwear and tee shirts, and for the little ones, diapers.
The Bridge provides guests a USPS address, currently giving between 750 and 900 people the opportunity to maintain personal relationships with family and friends and to establish contact of a business nature. (A permanent mailing address is a requirement for job applications.)
During the day, The Bridge offers shelter from the elements and a safe place to rest and connect with others.
There are many barriers to reestablishing one’s independence. At The Bridge, guests will find staff and volunteers to refer them to the agencies and organizations that can help them take their next step to self-sufficiency; to assist with replacement of personal identification documents like State IDs and birth certificates; and to provide a listening ear.
Human beings have an innate need for joy and laughter in their lives, no matter what their current circumstances. Because many of our guests consider each other family and The Bridge their community while they are waiting for “Home”, we celebrate holidays and birthdays together. Choirs, movies, board games, art projects and kids’ crafts can all be found on a given day happening in our dining hall. As in all families, there are times of mourning and sadness. We try to be there during these times, as well, to plan memorial services and funeral suppers.