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Under One Roof

“Bridging the gap between homeless and sheltered.” You’ve seen the phrase on our front page, our Twitter, and in many of our articles. As an organization committed to helping men and women break the cycle of homelessness, The Bridge strives to provide sustainable income so that people who have experienced homelessness can transition back into mainstream

Aspire Intern Journal: Entry 5

If I had to pick the one thing I love most about The Bridge, I’d have to say that it is that they help give the homeless a place to start – a little push to help them get back on their feet. However, that means the vendors need to use that push to achieve

Aspire Intern Journal: Entry 4

In spite of the large number of currently and formerly homeless vendors The Bridge trains, the sense of community fostered by The Bridge is inescapable, especially at distribution. Distribution, which happens every Thursday from 2-4 at St. Mary’s Episcopal, is when the vendors come to buy papers, get their badges made, or even just to

Aspire Intern Journal: Entry 3

One element that one needs when working with The Bridge: determination. The Bridge is always giving a helping hand to those in need of it – just for showing up at training and distribution, the vendors get free papers. But The Bridge isn’t a one-time thing. If the vendors really want to reach the higher

Aspire Intern Journal: Entry 2

Week two with The Bridge has been amazing! I am constantly meeting with so many people. This past Wednesday, I met with Aaron Banks, who serves as Co-Executive Director, Accounting Chair, and Homeless Content Editor for The Bridge. Our interaction this week was related to the latter of the three. I followed Aaron to his

Vendor Spotlight: Ponytail Bob

His name is Bob Clyburn, but most Memphians know him as Ponytail Bob. Ponytail Bob is a familiar face around these parts; if he walked past you on the street you’d probably recognize the long white ponytail accompanied by a wide smile. Bob was born and raised in Memphis, but spent many years traveling and

Aspire Intern Journal: Entry 1

Hi, my name is Tinasri Yusuf. I was born here in Memphis, TN and am a high school student who is going to be a junior in the fall. I have two little brothers and two little sisters, which makes our house very lively. My mom and dad were both born in Ethiopia, but have