The Brisben Bridge:  A Constructive Approach Toward a Permanent Home

The Brisben Center’s theory of change envisions a bridge that helps people move from homelessness and its causes to healthy housing sustained by a livable wage income.  Its five pillars and six arches create a solid foundation and supportive structure that make measurable success possible.  Clients, the Center, and the community all have essential roles.

5 Pillars: A Foundation for Success

Capability: What is the client capable of?

Motivation: Does the client aspire to participate in  shaping their future?

Accountability: Is the client working on a results-  based plan to achieve their potential?

Effective Services: Are the Brisben Center  and community providing the right mixture of  supports to help homeless adults and children  move from dependence to independence?

Apply Resources Effectively: Is our investment of  resources resulting in wellbeing among our  clients and our community?

6 Arches: Supports for the Journey

◆Clients work with a case manager and Mobility  Mentoring® volunteer coach to set and achieve S.M.A.R.T. goals, starting with:

Sobriety; improved mental & physical health.

Healthy parenting—ending the cycle of  generational homelessness.

◆Learning and applying skills to secure and sustain  livable wage income.

Financial literacy: saving and investing resources  wisely to afford and sustain a decent and  affordable home.

Mutual care and well-being of home and  community.

Brisben Bridge Components

1.Shelter in a safe, modern, energy-efficient facility.

2.Nutritious meals prepared by hundreds of faith  communities, businesses, civic organizations,  and others.

3.Accountability-based case management.

4.Relationship-building, results-based Mobility  Mentoring® coaching beginning in shelter and  lasting for 12+ months after departing shelter.

5.Health screening by Germanna Community  College nursing program.

6.Sesame Street programming for children.

7.Employment coaching by Brisben’s Job  Help volunteers.

8.Department of Social Services screening for  essential services.

9.Access to healthcare at the Lloyd Moss Free Clinic  and other providers.

10.Homework Buddies: tutoring by Public  School teachers.

11.Behavioral healthcare with the Rappahannock  Area Community Services Board and other providers.

12.State-of-the-art virtual technology linking clients  to an array of hand-up supports.

13.Additional rich and impactful programmatic  partnerships

  • Mary Washington University
  • Dr. Yum Project
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Career Works
  • Home Depot
  • Countless Faith Communities
  • Businesses
  • Germana Community College
  • Housing Agencies