Mobile Medical Van
The Bridge Mobile Medical Van travels through the streets of Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas weekday evenings, stopping at locations where young people gather to offer free and confidential services.
Volunteer medical staff offer homeless and street youth ages 14 to 24 free basic first aid, referrals, and health advice, as well as access to an array of services, including crisis intervention, emergency shelter, survival items (food, blankets, clothes), assessment, counseling, and education. In addition, the Van offers youth a place to connect with a supportive adult. Each year, Bridge’s vans make more than 3,000 contacts with runaway, homeless, and street youth across the Boston area.
Medical care is also available at our 47 West Street building, as is dental care. To make a dental appointment, call 617-423-9575 or TTY 617-423-9575 ext. 355
Transitional Day Program
The Transitional Day Program (TDP) is a space where homeless young people can get a hot meal, take a shower, access lockers, do their laundry, connect with case managers, and participate in life-skills workshops. The TDP offers breakfast and lunch, as well as a safe and comfortable space to relax, read, use computers, and connect with friends or staff.
Emergency Youth Shelter
The Bridge Emergency Youth Shelter provides homeless young adults, ages 18 to 24, with shelter, food, clothing, meals, and safety, along with access to a wide range of support and services, all designed to help young people overcome difficult circumstances, become self-sufficient, and obtain transitional or permanent housing. Beds are available both on an emergency basis and for longer periods of time as a “contract bed” for youth who are actively working toward independence.
The Warming Center is open every night, including weekends, from 10:00 PM to 6:45 AM. The Center offers 12 homeless youth warmth, safety, and supportive adults who can help. Youth must meet with an intake specialist prior to accessing services. Sign up occurs daily through a lottery system. Youth who stay in the Warming Center much be referred to the Transitional Day Program, although occasionally exceptions are made in emergency situations.
About Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston’s premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-Bridge Over Troubled Waters
risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.
Bridge began in 1970 with a small but energetic group of staff and volunteers, who offered free and confidential services to homeless young people on the streets of Boston. Bridge’s free Mobile Medical Van and Street Outreach Program soon became national models. In 1982, Bridge became one of only nine service agencies in the nation to offer transitional living to its clients, providing support and housing for youth who were working on completing their education, building job skills, and saving money for the future. In 1996, Bridge developed the Transitional Day Program—a safe and clean setting where homeless young people can get a hot meal, take a shower, access lockers, do their laundry, and participate in life-skills workshops. In July 2011, Bridge opened Boston’s only Emergency Youth Shelter, allowing Bridge to take youth directly off the streets and provide them with a continuum of services that will guide them into independence. In February 2012, Bridge expanded its Transitional Day Program to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to include weekends and an evening Warming Center.
Of the young people who seek help at Bridge, 100 percent live at the poverty level. They are likely to be struggling with any number of serious issues: court involvement, gang involvement, domestic violence, addiction, pregnancy, mental-health issues, school failure, significant learning disabilities, trauma histories, sexual exploitation, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or aging out of foster care. Bridge offers a safe and supportive environment in which these troubled youth can find out who they are and where they want to be. Then we help them get there.