PRESS RELEASE: Bridge launches app - the first of its kind in Massachusetts

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters launches app - the first of its kind in Massachusetts

Boston—October 25, 2018— For years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) has been providing youth with a paper-based street survival guide. Now, Bridge has launched a free, downloadable app which provides critical information for youth experiencing homelessness.

Many people experiencing homelessness use their cellphones as a multipurpose tool to navigate their way through an extremely complex system of resources.

“It is overwhelming to be experiencing homelessness and not know where you can turn to,” said Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters. “With this app we are creating another way to meet youth where they are at, getting essential information to them more effectively and ultimately helping each youth develop enough trust to reach out for help.”

The app is a guide for both crucial immediate needs of meals and where to sleep that night along with longer-term resources such as drug and alcohol support or counseling services. The app is not only updated in real-time with services available through Bridge, but also at other organizations in the Boston area, helping facilitate the flow of information to connect youth with services.

Erik Gulko, President of Innovo Benefits Group, noted “connecting with resources and programs is so vital for Boston’s homeless and runaway youth and when we heard about the idea of this app, we immediately knew we wanted to help make it happen.”

The app was built in partnership with Atlantis Technology, with the help of funding from Innovo Benefits Group and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

About Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is the only agency in the Greater Boston area to provide a full continuum of age-appropriate services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, ages 14-24.  Providing programs and services to over 2,000 youth each year, the organization offers a comprehensive range of survival, health, educational, career, and housing services in order to encourage the formation of a healthy and productive adulthood.  For more information, visit www.BridgeOTW.org

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