SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach "Brown Bag Bash," attended by more than 240 people, raised vital funds which support Summit-based Bridges and help “bring the housed and homeless together in community" through programs like  'Project Connect' in Newark, which sees case managers work with clients to create a plan of individual goals that is designed to lead to better health, housing and, ultimately, independence.

This summer Project Connect will move into a larger location in Newark, which will allow for on-site medical and mental health services and expanded case management services.  Funding will also go toward the more than 200 outreach visits that Bridges makes each year to the streets in New York City, Newark and Irvington, providing food, clothing and other basic necessities to more than 400 people each week.  In its 29 years, Bridges has never missed a Friday night Run to New York City.

“We are grateful to our friends, supporters,  auction donors and the Bash Committee chaired by Mary Conway, all of whom worked together to make our Brown Bag Bash a resounding success,” said Lois Bhatt, Bridges’ Executive Director.  “It was a wonderful evening, and the resources raised will directly support programs that make a real difference in the lives of the homeless people we work with every day.”

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Bridges’ supporters dined, danced and bid enthusiastically on an array of silent and live auction items at the Maritime Parc in Liberty State Park, overlooking the spectacular New York skyline. Auction items included two sets of Hamilton tickets with a backstage tour from a cast member, a private Macallan scotch tasting for 15, a trip to San Francisco and the Sonoma Valley with airfare and a private winery tour, a reservation at Rao’s Restaurant, sports tickets, special wines, and much more. 

Bridges offers volunteer opportunities to adults and high school students that have a direct impact on the homeless, and are often life-changing experiences for volunteers, especially those in high school.  To learn more, visit bridgesoutreach.org, or call 908-273-0176.