Neighborhood Bridge

 
At our brand-new website (https://theneighborhoodbridge.org/), learn about the exciting progress The Neighborhood Bridge is making in creating a human services connector for our neighbors in Austin based on the campus of St. Catherine-St. Lucy.
 
It’s all happening because of the support of this community, whose donations are enabling the important work to begin on the Renew My Church initiative: “to use the St. Catherine-St. Lucy campus as a base for powerful social ministry outreach to our neighbors on the West Side.” A generous gift of $100,000 from a local family foundation is aimed at the renovation of the lower level of the former rectory to house current ministries as well as services requested by school families. 
 
Meetings with community leaders early in the process revealed that Central West Austin, which borders the St. Catherine-St. Lucy campus, is considered a desert for human services agencies, and service organizations are looking for ways to better connect with these residents. As they noted, proximity matters when someone is looking for help. 
 
Visit the website to meet the extraordinary people behind The Neighborhood Bridge and see who is partnering in this endeavor. Recently, members of the Board met with local service providers and representatives of the five partner schools in the Austin community to update them on the progress of The Neighborhood Bridge. Read about those meetings and learn what the media is reporting about this effort. 
 
Want to learn more? Sign up for our newsletters at the website. Want to get involved? Fill out the volunteer form there. Want to donate to the effort? Donate online or mail a check to:
The Neighborhood Bridge
P.O. Box 1853
Oak Park, IL 60304
 
As Cardinal Blase Cupich said in a brief conversation with Fr. Carl Morello and Board president Dan Doody, The Neighborhood Bridge is an example of one of the main tenets of Renew My Church – living our faith by helping those in need.