Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Bridges is available and committed to meeting the needs of victims and survivors 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Bridges ensures victims and survivors, potentially under increased pressure and in danger during this time, continue to have access to support and safety.
Connecting with survivors
- The number of calls we’re getting has increased. Clients can reach out to an advocate through the support line (24/7) and our live chat feature on the Bridges website (Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p).
- We will now hold support groups via Zoom video conference.
- Advocates meet with survivors in emergency situations and court.
- We limit the number of people in the building, and we clean a lot.
- While balancing work both in the office and remotely, staff are showing so much creativity, flexibility, and resilience.
Collaborating with partners and keeping operations going
- Bridges is ensuring resources are available to support victims and survivors by closely collaborating with the other 12 New Hampshire crisis centers, the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, state and local government, the governor’s office, and other nonprofit agencies.
- Bridges has received governor’s funding and continues to provide survivors emergency support.
- State funding will replace some fundraising income lost due to canceled events.
- Federal funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) used for needs related to the COVID pandemic has enabled Bridges to provide survivors emergency hotel, rent and utility support, as well as obtaining additional technology to facilitate the staff to work remotely.
- Bridges has received funding from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748 (CARES)) which has provided payroll and benefit support to our hard-working advocates.
- Despite the COVID pandemic, Bridges continues to execute against our strategic plan, and renovations to our new downtown Nashua office building at 28 Concord Street will start in May.
- Follow our renovation progress on our website and social media posts.
- The 28 Concord Street building has twice the square footage as our current 33 East Pearl Street office and will feature child- and survivor-friendly meeting spaces – with plenty of room for future growth.
- Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, we’ve kicked off the Building Hope Campaign to raise the remaining renovation funds (see posts tagged with #BuildingHope)
- The power of the Building Hope $125,000 dollar for dollar match means now through the end of June, your donation will go even further.