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A Fond Look Back

Current and former Bridges to Independence staff, board members, and supporters gathered last week for a fond farewell to our premises at 932 N. Highland Street. Keynote speaker Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, former board member and the namesake of our shelter Sullivan House, spoke about the early days of b2i (then AACH) and the hope, faith and love we have offered to our clients over the past 30 years. View photos from the event. The latest edition of the Catholic Herald also featured the event. Read the Catholic Herald article.

Help our Clients be SAFE AT HOME

This year marks the 10th anniversary of our SAFE AT HOME kickball tournament! Mark your calendar for this fun community event benefiting a great cause. This year's tournament will be Saturday, August 1 at Long Branch Park in Crystal City. Check out our new SAFE AT HOME website, www.arlington-kickball.com, where you can register as a team or individual participant and learn about sponsorship opportunities for your company or organization. This year, the event will be powered by United Social Sports! To learn more, contact Evan Davies at edavies@bridges2.org or (703) 525-7177, ext. 13.

Spring2ACTion a Success!

Thank you for supporting Bridges to Independence during Spring2ACTion! In just 24 hours, we raised over $15,000 to support our programs for homeless youth!


On behalf of everyone at Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH), we are proud to officially announce our new name: Bridges to Independence, or b2i. Everything you know and love about our organization is the same, and our mission - to provide a foundation for at-risk women and families to rebuild their lives - will remain strong for years to come. While our main focus continues to be helping homeless families secure permanent and stable housing, we are also increasingly working to prevent at-risk families from ever becoming homeless at all.

Our new website, www.bridges2.org, is under construction and will be in place soon. We are also excited that our brand-new office space will be under construction soon! Through a partnership with Clark Realty Capital, b2i will exchange our client services building for new space in 10th Street Flats, a 5-story, 150,000 square foot, multi-use building to be constructed at the corner of 10th Street and North Highland Street. Work on the project will commence in Spring 2015. In the meantime, we will move into temporary office space in Sullivan House, our short-term shelter. Space will be tight in the temporary quarters and may mean that we need to change the format of some of our programs for the next year or two. Please bear with us through this transitional period. We are looking forward to serving our clients even more effectively once the construction ends!


The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) has partnered with Bridges to Independence to offer our youth a fantastic opportunity - to serve as interns at the Smithsonian! Last year, six b2i youth completed internships in various units, including the Zoo, the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Freer-Sackler Galleries, and Natural History. Read more about the partnership in OFI's latest newsletter.


AACH is honored to have been selected for the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region’s best community-based charities. This award reflects AACH’s status as a highly effective local charity, working to move homeless families to independence.

“AACH is delighted that the accomplishments of our clients will have the exposure of the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s widespread reach and sterling reputation throughout the DC metro area,” said AACH Executive Director, Michael O’Rourke. “AACH’s clients serve as an inspiration and model to all as they transition from homelessness to independence. AACH is very proud of our staff as they serve as our clients’ Bridge to Independence.”

AACH was selected for the 12th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $22 million for featured nonprofits. The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team.

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation – having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.”

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Client Needs:

  • Furniture and Beds
  • Soap
  • Diapers
  • Baby oil
  • Baby powder (preferably corn starch base)
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • A&D ointment
  • Dishes, pots, pans, silverware
  • 19 disposable cameras for children
  • Movie tickets for children
  • Giant gift cards
  • Target gift cards
  • Metro cards
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Relaxer
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products

Contact Carlin Anderson at canderson@bridges2.org