Community Bridges is the leading nonprofit agency addressing poverty in our county. Our family of 11 programs delivers essential services, provides equitable access to resources and advocates for health and dignity across every stage of life. In 20-21, we served 20,000 impoverished community members, where 80% earned incomes below 100% Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or $13,590 per household annually.
We believe that when we work together, anything is possible.
In Santa Cruz County, 56% of residents age 5 and older do not speak English very well or at all (American Community Survey, US Census Bureau). This funding will teach non-English speaking parents during the day to speak English, and help pay for childcare for young children while their older children are in school. This will allow them to guide their children with schoolwork.
In Santa Cruz County, the poverty rate among those who worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3%. Among those working part-time, it was 16%, and for those who did not work, it was 19%. Community Bridges recognizes the importance of education in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.
I love coming to classes at the center because I learn a lot from the other students. We are working on the same things, and I feel supported when we are doing it together.
Teresa, Live Oak, age 34