Too Many Homeless Youth

Couch-to-couch. Crowded, sub-standard units. A rundown motel. On the street. Each a form of homelessness. None acceptable. Whatever abuse or instability drove you there, The Bridge can be a way back to a stable connection with your community.

“Before I came here I was in a small and lonely world…”

Make a connection
The Bridge brings you together. Positive relationships. Peer encouragement. Open mindedness. Hang out.

Express yourself
The Bridge helps you deal. Manage anger. Change your attitudes. Share your emotions.

Find confidence
The Bridge helps you get it together. Clean up. Do laundry. Grow self-esteem. Value yourself — and others.

“I haven’t liked the way I looked or liked how I act…”

Youth who come to The Bridge have a different outlook: “I feel stronger about myself… I like myself more.”

When you visit us at 310 Sherk Street in Leamington, you’ll find:

  • Supportive housing at The Quiring Family Fresh Start Housing facility
  • Mental health and addiction service help
  • Learn life and coping skills
  • Job and education assistance
  • A homework area and a chapel
  • Computers and games
  • A clothing closet, shower and laundry facilities
  • A hot meal at night, and a nutrition program with 3 days worth of groceries
  • Participate in nightly activities Monday through Friday (follow us on social media for weekly schedules)
  • A place to share your story
  • A place to make your story

“I feel close to people in this program.”

The Bridge promotes community and collaboration in education, health and wellness and employment support for our 14 to 24 year olds.

Partnerships include South Essex Community Council, John Howard Society Windsor-Essex County, New Canadian Centre of Excellence, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, New Beginnings, local churches, and more.

“It’s building that place you’re forever building;
respect is a pretty big thing.”

It’s said that one of the hardest decisions in life is to choose which bridge to burn, and which to cross. Help empower our youth in the greater Leamington area to make the right choice.

Your dollars span the way to education, employment, mental health, food security. You can establish transitional living facilities, safe places to clean up and sleep. You will create their chance to overcome barriers, and stand tall for better outcomes.

Be a part of helping them cross the right bridge.

Long Term Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a key governance tool and a good practice for organizational success. Our five-year plan was developed with the knowledge of continued need in the community and in anticipation of exciting growth for the organization.