Bridgeway (Lakewood, CO)

Name

  • Name:Mrs. Carol Snodgrass
  • Title:Grants Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bridgeway
  • Address:85 S. Union Blvd, Suite 204
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-969-0515
  • Main fax:303-988-0547

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General

  • Mission:
  • Bridgeway's mission is "Build New Lives for Pregnant Teens." This is supported with 2 goals; assist mothers and babies to be healthier and provide self sufficiency skills for young mothers. Each goal has several objectives.

  • History:
  • In 1986, amid reports of newborn babies discarded in dumpsters or left by the roadside, Bridgeway was conceived and given birth to provide an alternative to these tragedies. The founder created Bridgeway after her realization that there was a need to help homeless, pregnant teens. As a result, a home was established that would provide a safe environment, a series of program services, and loving support for these young girls.

    Bridgeway offers a new beginning to vulnerable teens and babies. We provide mothers with the education, skills, and the support necessary to lead productive lives for themselves and for their babies. A core component of Bridgeway is active, weekly case management. The residents at Bridgeway are mandated to attend continuing education, counseling, and participate in life skills classes. These classes offer over 100 different courses taught by volunteers and help to assure that our residents are prepared for their future. The classes offered at Bridgeway focus on parenting, adoption, life skills, financial management, and career planning as well as developing social and interpersonal skills. The residents are also paired with a one-on-one mentor called a “Bridger.”

    Our residents are usually near the end of high school; their average age is 18. Bridgeway has provided a loving home to over 600 pregnant teens and their babies. We also provide counseling and information to several thousand crisis calls; Bridgeway receives at least one crisis call daily. We are able to refer those who need other services to many different non-profits.

    There have been several locations for Bridgeway. Bridgeway began with a small apartment. Shortly after that, Bridgeway purchased a three-house facility in Lakewood. Between 1990 and 1997, Bridgeway added others homes as well, but the operation of several homes was too costly. Our Lakewood home remains as our only facility. Our current capacity is 10 mothers and their babies at a time.

    The successes of Bridgeway are many and are shared in our quarterly newsletter. Early in our history (1990), President George Bush selected Bridgeway as one of his “1000 Points of Light” out of 1.1 million non-profits. Bridgeway’s many successes have made us a model for other homes across the country and we have been recognized over the years in a variety of ways including congratulatory letters in 2011from Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, City Council Representative Adam Paul, Senator Michael Bennet, and Governor John Hickenlooper as we celebrated 25 years. We have also been a finalist for the Samaritan Institute Award sponsored by CEBA in both 2010 and 2011. Carole Haas was recognized in 2007 as an Everyday Hero by Channel 7, Denver’s ABC affiliate.

    It is our highest priority to make a positive impact on the lives of our residents. Our donors and volunteers make this possible in many ways – from donations of money, clothes, food, supplies, to time. As determined by the Independent Sector, volunteer time is valued at over $32,000 yearly. Bridgeway would not be possible without these people.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:8

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:84-1044840