Our mission is to walk with those who have fallen on hard times to help them find hope and a home.

Founded in 1985, The Bridge Home is devoted to bridging the gap between homelessness and housing by providing shelter, support, and inspiring a pathway forward to individuals and families experiencing or on the verge of homelessness.

From our main campus in Ames, Iowa, our outreach spans the Two Rivers Region, serving Story, Marshall, Boone, Greene, and Hardin counties.

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“I couldn’t have ever gotten a job, or housing, or even an Iowa driver’s license if I didn’t have the help of The Bridge Home and officer Eric Snyder. In other words, you saved my life.”
50s who overcame homelessness
“I believe the stability and resources of The Bridge Home are beneficial for the Ames Community. Their knowledge and support of housing programs granted me the structure I needed to save my family from hardship.”
30s, who overcame homelessness with her family
“The staff are very hospitable and treat everyone with dignity and respect. God bless you!”
20s, who overcame homelessness
“The Bridge Home has helped us realize that there are people out there that will help others in time of need, and the importance of giving everyone a fair shot without judgment. We are so grateful for The Bridge Home and the support they’ve shown our family — Thank you for everything.”
The Bradley Family
Received shelter and support after losing their trailer in the 2020 derecho

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Put yourself in the shoes of a typical ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) family. ALICE makes up 25% of Iowan families, and 37% of Iowan households struggle to meet the cost of basic necessities. In just a few minutes, you will experience some of the difficult financial choices ALICE families face every month. 

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