Harrisburg Area

A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area is featured in the April issue of 

Harrisburg Magazine!

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Thank you, Amy Kehm, for the kind words of support.

READ THE ARTICLE

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Watch ABC27 Good Day PA segments aired about

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area!

March 2017

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Central Penn Business Journal Non-Profit Innovations Awards

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area was honored to be selected as a nominee for the Central Penn Business Journal Non-Profit Innovations Awards in the category of Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign for the House A Family initiative. 

CPBJ Innovations Awards

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 “OUR PROGRAM IS ABOUT REMINDING MOMS WHAT THEIR DREAMS WERE AND THEN BEING THERE TO SUPPORT THEM WHILE THEY WORK TOWARD THOSE GOALS.”

- Johanna Fessenden, Executive Director

Watch Sarah’s Story

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You can meet our families, read their stories and end homelessness for them at www.houseafamily.org!

Watch “It’s Could Be”.

Why “House A Family” Is Crucial

When a single mother is homeless every aspect of life becomes complicated. How will she feed her family? Where will they sleep each night? Will they be safe? If she finds a job, how will she get there? Where will the children go to daycare or school? How will they all get ready for the day?

The first step toward ending and preventing homelessness for homeless single mothers and their children is to “house a family”. When the family has the security and stability of a home, they have the foundation needed to rebuild their lives. 

Each Mom in our program receives first months rent and the security deposit to move into a home. They then receive rental assistance on a decreasing basis over a 9 month period to encourage independence and not dependence. While having the peace of mind of stable housing, they can begin focusing on their long term goals of entering a career that will support them financially. They focus on maintaining and being accountable to a budget they set and developing a  supportive network of friendships.

Choose to provide rental assistance for a homeless single mother and her children through a monthly or one-time donation. As you receive your monthly updates on the family you choose, you will see how your support is building a foundation for that family. You will be making it possible for a single mom to rebuild her life and provide a home for her family forever.