Johnson County Community Members,
The past year has been busy and different than anyone we have ever known within our own organization and our world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Circles Program has transitioned to Zoom meetings and strengthened our determination to keep working through the Circles Program curriculum.
With so many individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, Bridges Alliance is particularly well-positioned to assist them as they find their way back to a stable, thriving future. Our goal is to begin another class with 10 individuals in September 2020. These individuals would participate in training, build relationships and then be matched with allies who walk beside them for 18 months as they achieve their goals. Families are welcome as we work to overcome generational poverty. Individuals engage in their community through panels, committees and forums as resources to enhance our understanding of the consequences of poverty and to help evaluate real solutions. Statistics from our national group, Circles USA, show a 71% increase in income after 18 months of beginning our program and a 121% increase after 36 months.
We are starting a fundraising campaign to cover expenses necessary to engage our participants and volunteers as they deepen relationships, increase access to resources, and foster empowerment.
WE ARE SEEING PROGRESS - A participant shares her story with the Daily Journal - ‘ “ I was able to set some goals for myself, helping to really push me to get those goals met. (Bridges Alliance) was my safe haven," Lucas said. "There were a few people who would go to the grocery store for me and my daughter, bringing the food back and setting it in front of our door. They’d text and stay in touch; they’d keep me encouraged," she said.
Lucas has gotten her job back, and things have stabilized for her. She’s thankful for what Bridges Alliance has given to her, and wants to be a voice for others to help them.
"I feel like I can make a difference in someone else’s life. I want to be a voice for someone who can’t speak up for themselves," she said. "I know what they’re going through. There are still times when I feel like I can’t keep this up, and get that overwhelming feeling about what is going to happen next. But I have that support, and I want to help other people." ‘
Pre-pandemic, 22% of households did not have a sustainable income, almost one in four families. As we see unemployment rise, we know we will see that percentage increase.
To date, 60% of individuals in our program have become employed or obtained better jobs. 50% have secured housing or improved their living situation. 20% have increased their level of education. 20% have spoken in public forums about their situations. This is evidence that our program is making a difference in people's lives and in our community.
Can you help us make a difference in the lives of our fellow community members by donating to Bridges Alliance today? A generous supporter has provided a matching gift of up to $5,000. We have matched that gift. Can you help us build on the generous match as we look to make our organization sustainable for years to come? Donations may be made through our online PayPal link or by mailed check made out to Bridges Alliance of Johnson County.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support of this important organization.
Bridges Alliance accepts donations of any size. Above are suggested giving that would help us sustain our non profit throughout the year. These gifts help us determine our annual budget.
We accept online donations through paypal below and JCCF or checks via the mail at our P.O. Box 147, Whiteland, IN 46184. We are grateful for each gift you give.
With a few clicks and a PAYPAL account, you can donate today. Your generous donation will fund our mission of come along side individuals in poverty.
Simply send a check written to Bridges Alliance of Johnson County to P.O. Box 147, Whiteland, Indiana 46184. Donations can also be dropped off at the Interchurch Food Pantry or Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.
Support BAJC and save on capital gains. The gift of an asset, often common stock or mutual fund shares, is a valuable way to contribute to a charitable organization and receive tax benefits based on the value of the asset(s). Our account at JCCF can be used for donations designating the gift specifically to BAJC.
Circles Program Participants Growth
Community Awareness Growth
All evidence that our program is making a difference in peoples' lives and in our community.