Revitalizing Bridge of Hope

Bridge of Hope serves families at risk of homelessness or recovering from homelessness in Chester and Lancaster counties. A year ago, Bridge of Hope merged (for organizational purposes) with Good Samaritan Services of Phoenixville. The ministry is now called Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services, but the ministry remains basically the same.

A few years ago, many individuals and small groups from the Church of the Good Samaritan were actively involved with Bridge of Hope and helped many of their target families. Lately, our involvement has waned. Jane Balsan, advocate for this ministry, would like to revitalize our church’s involvement. Recently, Jane sent an email to some who had been involved in the past to gauge any interest. Jane suggested these possible activities:

  1. We need 4-5 supporters (mentors) to help a Nigerian woman with elementary-aged children who is in need of housing and other needs. She lives in Malvern and the children go to Sugertown. We also need some immigration expertise.
  2. They have a garden in Coatesville which requires gardeners who can manage and care for it. The produce from the gardens are for BoH clients.
  3. Monday, September 9, prepare dinner for BoH meeting at Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville. Dinner starts at 6pm but preparations can start at 4pm or whenever you can make it. Teenagers and children who can help are welcome. It would be fun to get a group from Good Sam to help.

If any of these activities – or any other work with Bridge of Hope – is of interest, please contact Jane Balsan ( Learn more about this important Christian ministry at their website. The site may give additional ideas about how Good Samaritan people can get involved. Talk with Jane!