B.R.I.D.G.E. Program

 

A Christ-Centered plan of action that leads the homeless toward self-sufficiency.

Bridges form connections between things that are disconnected. Here in Hampton Roads, we are no strangers to bridges for they literally bring our region together. Could you imagine what life here would be like without them? It would be an entirely different community! Such is the experience of many experiencing homeless here on the Peninsula…they live in a radically different community.

Through ministering to these men who come to PRM, we discover many disconnects. Broken relationships with family and friends, an uncertainty of identities (who am I?), and many who are separated from God.

Through the B.R.I.D.G.E. Program, our ultimate prayer is that men would be restored to a right relationship with God through Christ Jesus, be certain of who they are in Him, and be reconciled to others in the process.

While we minister more in-depth to the physical and emotional needs of men in this long-term program (7-12 months), the thread that forms this tapestry of care is the Word of God. Whether we are working on learning a new skill, lining up proper medical help, or planning what’s next in life for one of our men, all of it is done through a Biblical lens. We desire these men to have a deeper connection to the community, themselves, and to the Lord through the only true “bridge” between God and man, Christ Jesus Himself.

Below you will find more information about our B.R.I.D.G.E. Program. If you have any questions or would be interested in serving in our Mentor Program, please contact Troy Giles, Director of Men’s Ministries (troy@prm.info).

B.R.I.D.G.E. Mission Statement

To provide a Christ-Centered plan of action that leads the homeless toward self-sufficiency.

B.R.I.D.G.E. Vision Statement

To see homeless men in our community restored to a right relationship with God, self, and others.

B.R.I.D.G.E. Core Values

B – Biblical: We believe God’s Word must be the light to our feet and contains everything we need for a prosperous life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness (Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 2:4).

R – Relational: Our God is intensely relational and calls us to emulate his commitment to relationship. Learning to focus on God moves us to engage with Him and others with purpose (Genesis 2:28; Matthew 22:37-38).

I – Individualized: When we have a problem with others, we often feel our problems will improve as soon as they focus on what they did wrong to us. God wants to focus first on the role we play while addressing our physical condition (Matthew 7:3-5).

D – Discipleship: Learning Biblical precepts, while modeling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus. Embracing the cyclical approach that, once we are discipled, we are to disciple others, and so on (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 12:2).

G – Goal Focused:  When we focus on Christ, He has our attention. Learning to see the world from a clear Biblical perspective, sets our minds on things above, not the influence of the world (Colossians 3:14).

E – Empowering: Our desire is to experience our men graduate our program with confidence in the Lord, better equipped to meet the demands of life, while approaching circumstances with Godly wisdom stronger spiritually, physically, and mentally (Proverbs 1).

3 AREAS OF NEED
  1. Spiritual – Provide one on one discipleship, group classes/studies, daily chapel services, and more.
  2. Physical – Connect to medical, dental, and mental health partnerships in the community.
  3. Practical – Secure identification documents (ID, birth cert., etc.), skills development, financial assistance, and more to help make a smooth transition to self-sufficiency.
6 Phases of the Program
  1. Probation (two weeks)
  2. Transition to Lindley Building our B.R.I.D.G.E. Dorm – (upon official acceptance into program)
  3. Mid-Point Recognition (6-month mark to celebrate progress)
  4. Begin Work Search (7-month mark)
  5. Work Transition (upon securing employment offered 3 months of housing)
  6. Graduation (official transition out of PRM at or after 10-month mark)

Shelter

Address
3700 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

Phone
757.380.6909

Thrift Store

Address
6200 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605

Phone
757.870.0517