Harrisburg Area

A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

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Harrisburg Magazine Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area Article

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area was featured in an article in Harrisburg Magazine for the month of April. We are grateful to Amy Kehm for her support of our program and writing such a great piece about the work we are doing!

Read the article HERE.

Neighboring… New Language, Same Mission

Our language is changing but our mission remains the same. WATCH to learn about the new language changes.


Good Day PA – Sarah’s Story

Good Day PA aired Sarah’s Story on March 31, 2017! Watch the episode here.

Central Penn Business Journal Non-Profit Innovations Awards

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area was honored to be a Nominee for the category of Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign for the House A Family Initiative. 

CPBJ Innovations Awards

Thank You Crystal Clean Maids LLC

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Special “thank you” to our newest corporate sponsor, Crystal Clean Maids LLC!

We are excited to partner with this business to end and prevent homelessness in the Harrisburg Area!

House A Family

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

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. 

Good Day PA Aired House A Family

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area’s Executive Director, Johanna Fessenden, and Development Officer/Relationship Steward, Jenny Nace, appeared on Good Day PA on June 23, 2016 to present the House A Family Initiative. Watch the segment HERE!

Watch Sarah’s Story


– Johanna Fessenden, Executive Director

You can MEET SARAH, Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area Graduate, and learn more about her story. We are very proud of Sarah and are thankful for the opportunity to support her all the way to graduation!

Watch Sarah’s Story



Harrisburg Area Excellence

Congratulations to Johanna Fessenden, Executive Director, and Todd Cressler, Board Chair, for their recent acceptance of a Leaders Making A Difference Award at the Bridge of Hope National Conference on October 2, 2015!

Johanna and Todd were honored for their excellence in leadership and innovation as they have stepped up to take Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area to new heights in service to single mothers and their children and to fulfill our mission to end and prevent homelessness in the Harrisburg area. The entire Board of Directors and Staff have embraced their roles in making Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area a leader in non-profit excellence. 

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