Bridges 2 Success
Bridges 2 Success?
Bridges 2 Success (B2S) is a state-funded adult mentoring program providing a person-centered approach to self-sufficiency. Participants work with mentors to create long term goals and a plan of action to achieve individual/family financial independence.
Bridges 2 Success is supported by Action for a Better Community, Inc. and Catholic Family Center.
What Does B2S Do?
Works with a community partner to build a secure future for you and your family
Learns to navigate systems to meet your personal goals
Makes connections to specialized community resources
Provides monetary incentives to apply to your goals
I lost my job of 5 years in January 2018. I joined the Bridges to Success Program later on that month. Joining the Bridges was the best thing I could have done, my mentor assisted me as I went through a few workshops and obtained the necessary things to start looking for employment. I really appreciate the ones that helped me and I appreciate my mentor Leslie. She really showed her concern and she made everything smooth and possible for me. Leslie referred me to Action for a Better Community for employment. I was offered a job at Lifetime Assistance with 4 weeks of paid retention training through the ABC/ERIC program. I completed everything and now I’m working and been there for almost 4 months, my journey was a successful one and I recommend others to try the Bridges To Success Program.
Ashley came to ERIC [Employment Retention and Investment Curriculum] through the TESS [Teaching Employability and Self-Sufficiency] program. When she started ERIC, she was below the prevention line in more than one area. By applying herself wholeheartedly to the training program, her new job responsibilities and overcoming several barriers, she made great impressions on the ABC and Lifetime staff and showed her potential right from the start. She remains employed after 90 days and is on track to apply for a promotion in several months.
- Age 18 or older
- Residence in the city of Rochester, NY
- Valid photo ID (driver’s license, NYS ID, benefits card, passport)
- US citizenship or legal US residency
- Ability to work at least 20 hours per week
- Income level below 200% of federal poverty guidelines
- Proof of income (pay stubs, DHS budget sheet, Form 1040 tax return, 6 months of unemployment with W-2 or SSI statements)
After making an appointment, Shawn Futch (or someone on her team) will contact you with further information.