Government, education, correctional and social service institutions are overwhelmed by the increasing needs of people living in poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty is a highly successful citizen-led initiative being used by 370 communities across North America.

Bedford House is excited to be part of the Peterborough-wide Bridges Out of Poverty strategy, a growing network of organizations and individuals working to bridge the poverty gap in our community.

Our work is to create Bridging Teams, engaging ordinary citizens in a unique role as volunteer Mentors.

In Bridging Teams, low-income team members are recognized as the lead problem-solvers. Middle and upper-income team members bring their curiosity, community connections, and life-experience to the table. Together, meeting regularly in a group, participants work on the life plans of each member.

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate in support of this life changing work, email bedfordhouse551@gmail.com or call or text us at 705-957-2545 today!

For more on the Bridges process, including training materials, case studies, and statistical information, click here.

Bridges out of Poverty orientation workshops are offered to community groups, churches, and social service organizations. Let us know if your group is interested in booking a speaker.

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