Bridges to Independence (“Bridges”) leads individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. A private, nonprofit organization, Bridges has been working with and for homeless families since 1985. They offer a continuum of aid and support for all family members, helping them attain financial security and move forward into self-sufficiency. Sullivan House, Bridges’ emergency shelter provides families with a safe, supportive place to stay. Sullivan House is the largest emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Arlington County. Following an average shelter stay of 3 months, families transition into Bridges’ Rapid Re-Housing program. The goal is to move families into safe, affordable, and permanent housing as quickly as possible. 

Each year Bridges serves over 120 families; 60% of those they serve are children. Bridges’ robust Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to increase their self-esteem, develop leadership abilities, and improve their overall health/well-being. The goal is to give students the confidence, skills, and tools needed to pursue and complete post-secondary education or vocational training, providing them with a pathway to economic security. 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Childcare 
  • Shelter organization 
  • Administrative assistance 
  • Gardening 
  • Events 
  • Meals for client workshops 

 For more information please visit or email [email protected]

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