SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area Public Foundation has presented a $35,000 grant to Bridges Outreach, support which will help Bridges address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Summit. The grant will also help provide essential school supplies for Summit public school students who qualify for free or reduce-priced lunch.

“Bridges is extremely grateful for the partnership of the Summit Area Public Foundation,” said Richard Uniacke, Bridges Executive Director. “Their increase in support this year directly reflects Bridges aim towards holistic, sustainable impact in effort to end homelessness in our region. We are grateful to be part of such a supportive community.”

Founded in 1988, Bridges reaches out to the homeless in New York, Newark, Irvington, and Summit each week. Bridges Outreach is commemorating 30 years of helping neighbors in need who are homeless and food insecure. Over the years the organization and its volunteers have met many thousands of homeless individuals and delivered more than 100,000 meals and, literally, tons of clothing.

In 2014, Bridges opened Project Connect in Newark to offer case management services that lead to better health, jobs, and housing. In four years, Project Connect has helped find permanent housing for more than 100 people who were previously homeless.