BRIDGE MEADOWS IS...
Bridge Meadows is a unique multi-generational community located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland. Adoptive parents, foster children, and elders - those over 55 - find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow. Children move from the instability of foster care placements to permanent homes and families. Parents receive essential resources and guidance, while elders find safe, affordable housing and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families and their children.
Studies reveal that children in our nation's foster care system have a 50% chance of moving among 5 or more homes. Even with an increase in kinship care and extended family placements, financial, housing and employment insecurity are major obstacles to permanence for adults and children. For elders with limited income, aging can be especially destabilizing, as all of the years spent building a life feel eclipsed by bleak and too tough choices between medicine, utilities, and food.
Bridge Meadows is an innovative solution at the intersection of child welfare, aging and affordable housing--issues that impact each of us. Not just socially and emotionally, but economically as well. Ensuring that current and former foster youth have the stability, caring connections and educational supports they need to succeed can re-calibrate the trajectory of their lives. Investing in the safety and security of these children today improves the quality of life for everyone tomorrow. Elders are embraced as grandparents, mentors, teachers and friends. They hold babies, help with schoolwork and so much more. In doing so, they improve their own health and well-being. At Bridge Meadows, elders continue building the meaningful social connections that keep brains and bodies active and healthy.
This is the power of place, permanence, and purpose--three potentially vulnerable populations coming together to advance a shared vision.
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- Staying Together
- Brothers, Juan, age 10 and Diego, age 8 would be in the foster care system had they not been adopted, probably separated from each other and their 2 younger brothers.
- Susan's Tale: From Single to Swamped
- Susan was working ten hour days, five days and week and living in Washington when she was told that her two infant grand-nephews entered the foster care system.
- Sally's New Smile
- Sally grew up in a childhood of instability where she moved constantly and was afraid to develop friendships. She wanted something different for her own kids. With a child of her own already, Sally watched her 2 nieces bounce in and out of the foster care system.