Results and Best Practices

For more than 10 years Bridges Out of Poverty has helped thousands of communities and organizations around the world achieve goals, reduce costs, and build success for under-resourced individuals.

Our clients measure their results through qualitative or quantitative research methodologies (e.g. inventories, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observational studies, exit studies) according to program needs.



Starkville Bridges in Time Square! We won a national award. We opened the NASDAQ. Plus were given $20,000!








On April 28, 2014, the City Council of Muskogee, Oklahoma unanimously passed a resolution designating the city as a “Community of Practice” and pledging to acknowledge poverty as a major issue. The resolution guarantees those in poverty a seat at the table on issues effecting them and agrees to partner with Building Bridges for the Future of Muskogee, the city’s anti-poverty initiative, to address barriers to getting ahead.


Schenectady Bridges Initiative, New York, has a Downtown Ambassadors Program that employs residents of a homeless shelter as “sidewalk concierges.” The program is so successful that more businesses have joined and increased the demand for ambassadors.

If you’d like to get sustained results, call us to tailor a program for your organization’s or community’s needs, (800) 424-9484, or email us at

Here are some sample results and best practices. Please note that many client initiatives are in the early stages and results may not yet be available.

YWCA of St. Joseph County, Indiana, offered Getting Ahead to clients. The purpose is to break the cycle of clients moving from one social service agency to another but remaining “stuck” in their lives. Fifty-eight people participated in the initial program in 2006. They were tracked through two six-month periods, or “quarters.” Respondents to a survey showed significant gains in the areas of income, education, employment, and support systems from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2. Results:

  • Percent reporting positive change in income rose from 26% to 84%.
  • Percent reporting attainment of educational goals rose from 36% to 69%.
  • Percent reporting a positive change in employment status rose from 32% to 63%.
  • Percent reporting a positive change in support systems rose from 13% to 84%.
  • Read the Report.

Rural Solutions, Colorado, had a two-year Getting Ahead initiative for TANF-eligible residents in the 10 counties of northeast Colorado that produced 165 graduates, far exceeding the target of 90. Results:

  • Unemployment dropped from 60% to 42% by program completion.
  • All employed individuals were able to increase the hours worked at their jobs.
  • The percentage of participants reporting that they felt down or discouraged five or more times per month dropped from 33% to 19%.
  • Read more in this chapter from From Vision to Action.


Various communities. A summary of results from several Bridges and Getting Ahead initiatives.

See information on the research methods and instruments used to assess implementation of the Bridges/Getting Ahead sustainability model: