Bridge is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.
Intake Hours and Location
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
47 West Street, Boston
Call 617-423-9575 (ages 14–24)
Street Outreach and Mobile Medical Van
Bridge is the local respondent for the national runaway hotline offering 24-hour access to a counselor and safe overnight accommodations away from the streets for homeless youth ages 14-17 for up to 72 hours.
Counseling and Support Services
Transitional Day Program (TDP)
This is Bridge’s drop-in center where homeless youth receive survival aid each day during the week. Youth can have a hot meal, take a shower, access lockers, and do their laundry; and connect with TDP case managers to obtain documentation papers (identification cards, transcripts, CORI records, etc.), participate in life skills workshops, and enjoy
In-House Medical and Dental Clinics
Education and Career Development Program
This program encompasses a three-tier approach to academic and career success. (1) Classes to prepare youth to earn their alternative high-school degree are provided on a flexible schedule with small class sizes, and rolling admission that enables youth to enroll at any time. Morning and afternoon classes accommodate students who work. Many youth enter the program after being out of school for several years. (2) College Pathways provides guidance counseling to youth who wish to enter or continue college and may include financial aid incentives to help youth enter and stay in college or job training programs. (3) Career Development offers Open Job Search hours and job training in soft skills.
Emergency Residence (ER)
Transitional Living Program (TLP)
This is Bridge’s long-term transitional residential program for up to 12 young men and women, ages 18-24, at any given time. Residents are required to maintain employment, continue their education, meet weekly with a Bridge counselor, and work with case managers on reaching their goals. Residents have access to all of the services at Bridge; and may stay in the TLP for up to two years.
About Successful Transitions to Adulthood Research Study (STARS): A study funded by the federal government is being done to determine how the Bridge Over Troubled Waters TLP helps youth attain housing, education, and employment, and live independently. There will be more applicants than spaces available in this program. Youth who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery, so some youth will get into the program and some will not.