A Day of Thanks and Celebration
It’s a big day here at The Bridge for Youth! After two years of hard work, the Open Hands Foundation, Westwood Community Church, and The Bridge for Youth will cut the ribbon to open the first youth shelter serving the southwest metro area.
This is what partnership is all about! Addressing community issues like family instability and youth homelessness is hard work. Bringing together different organizations with different perspectives and strengths results in better solutions.
Hats off to Westwood Community Church and Open Hands Foundation for identifying a need in the southwest metro. Teens are on their own every night because of family conflict. Sleeping at friends houses, outstaying their welcome, they have no place to go. Some drive around at night with the cops, others sleep outside. Most are at risk for exploitation.
And, with hard work, Westwood Community Church members and Open Hands Foundation crafted and funded a solution. They donated space for the shelter, supplies, labor, and two years of operating expenses. And, they bring a deep commitment to giving back to the community.
The Bridge for Youth is honored to be the service provider to partner with these two fine organizations. Rob Ward, PhD, will manage our new Emergency Shelter. An experienced social worker and passionate advocate for youth, Rob has hired a terrific team to work with youth and families in need.
The Bridge’s motto is to be a safe and welcoming place for everyone, making no judgments. We look forward to being a part of the southwest metro community.
For information about youth emergency shelter, teen counseling, parent or caregiver counseling, call The Bridge for Youth at (612)377-8800, text (612)400-SAFE, or drop-in at 3010 W. 78th Street, Excelsior, MN.