When innocence is robbed, when abuse and neglect become routine and the pressures of violence and drugs close in, we are a way to freedom for at-risk youth…a home, a school, a safe place…a source of guidance and comfort.
Miami Bridge works to rescue youth from lives of victimization and crime and provides them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment. Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 1,000 children and teens and provides counseling to more than 550 families.
“There isn’t too much I can say about my life because I’m still young. However, despite my age, I have stumbled on many problems. With family, I can say that my mother and I never got along. We eventually decided I should live with my grandmother. At first, my grandmother and I got along… then, we got into altercations and some of them resulted in fights. We both agreed it was better for me to go to Miami Bridge. Honestly, I am glad we made that decision. I know, coming out of the Bridge, I will be a better person.”
“When I lived at home, it was an everyday conflict between my mother and me. One day, the cops got involved and decided it would be best if my mother and I were separated from each other. The cops brought me to Miami Bridge, and from the very beginning, the staff helped me with many of my problems. Miami Bridge has given me a safe place where I have food, a shower and shelter. At Miami Bridge, you can better yourself. Being at here has been one of the best experiences of my life.”
“Being at the Bridge has changed my life. I had no lights, no hot water, I wasn’t in school, I wondered how I was going to take care of my baby, and the Bridge was the answer to my prayer.”