Bridge is Boston's foremost organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective services guiding youth towards self-sufficiency.
Coming to Bridge for the first time?
Our intake hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
47 West Street, Boston
Call 617-423-9575 (ages 14–24)
Our Mobile Medical Van, the first program of its kind in the nation, connects with the street outreach team each weeknight. The van is a national model for providing critical care: medical attention, survival kits, clothes, food, and referrals to in-depth, low barrier, open intake services at Bridge, and other agencies.
Bridge’s licensed clinical counselors are trained and experienced in working specifically with homeless youth and utilize a variety of counseling methods tailored to each youth including trauma informed and positive youth development approaches. Counselors “meet youth where they are at” during their initial intake and set up appointments for follow up counseling sessions or provide referrals to Bridge’s in-house services or to outside agencies.
Our Education and Career Development staff help youth earn their high school certificate, start college, learn job skills, and establish meaningful careers. We provide classes to prepare youth to earn their alternative high-school degree on a flexible schedule with small class sizes, and rolling admission that enables youth to enroll at any time. Our 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. Career Development staff offer Open Job Search hours and job training in soft skills.
The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a long-term residential program for up to 12 young men and women, ages 18-24. 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. Youth who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery.
Bridge offers a variety of supportive services for youth seeking housing. Liberty House is the next step for young adults who have participated in our Transitional Living Program in Brighton.
Bridge also currently participates in rapid re-housing program for youth based on the “housing first” model. This program with the City of Boston is another avenue to prioritize youth for housing.