Founded in 1996 by Carol Reza, Bridge of Faith is a 501 (c3) non-profit agency committed to reducing the high rate of recidivism in our prisons and assist those emancipated from the foster care system.
Bridge of Faith H.O.M.E. for emancipated foster youth originally started in the prison system with classes for inmates. We quickly realized the anguish of women whose children had been placed into the foster care system.
1999, we mentored and taught transitional living skills to foster youth.
In 2000, we opened our first retail location in Whittier, CA serving as a resource and drop-in center for the community and at-risk youth.
WE DON’T LOOK FOR A QUICK FIX BUT A LASTING RESULT
In 2002, our second retail location, Up*Scale Collectibles was opened in Whittier, CA. This 5,000 square-foot facility is a fundraising arm of Bridge of Faith and offers job training and experience to our residents. It also raises community awareness of the issues that foster youth face.
In 2003, Bridge of Faith’s residential rehabilitative program, Value, Importance, and Purpose (VIP) was created and launched. All Bridge of Faith residents participate in this program which offers emancipated girls and women a safe, nurturing environment to discover their potential and recover from a life of dysfunction and trauma.
In 2003, a generous donation of $100,000 allowed us to purchase and open a 20-room house called H.O.M.E. (Home Opportunity Meets Emancipation). This home is generously funded by community businesses and individual donors and operates entirely with a volunteer staff.
In 2007, H.O.M.E. Too, Bridge of Faith’s second residential home was opened for a mother and one child.
In 2008, the Bridge, our third residential home was opened for residents who are ready to be more independent.
We believe all women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and can change the world.