Bridges is a nonprofit formed through a collaboration of the Norman community, Norman Public Schools, and the Norman Housing Authority. We assist high school students who live alone due to a family crisis, including the death of a parent, parental incarceration, or homelessness, by offering 20 individual apartments with sliding-scale rent based on the student’s income, connection to other social service agencies, assistance with almost any school-related activity, trained mentors, and college scholarships.
In return, students are responsible for maintaining their grades and school attendance, which we check on-line weekly; attending weekly life skills meetings about things like budgeting, personal safety, and job interviews; maintaining a job so that they can pay rent and bills; and conducting themselves maturely, including following the city of Norman’s curfew requirements.
Bridges Board of Directors 2017
Gail Blaylock, Scott Brockman, Scott Collier, Vincent Deberry, Doug Haws, Liz Hedrick, Debby Hughes, Chan Klingensmith, Mark Millsap, Andrew Rickels, Megan Siravo, Kent Tarver, Tory Tedder-Loffland, Nathan Thompson, John Woods, Emily Virgin