Bridge Home for Children

Our Mission:

Creating a home

Our mission is to  provide life skills, self-esteem, educational support, and a loving family environment to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enable them to succeed in life as responsible and meaningful members in the community. Learn more


Who We Serve


The Bridge creates a safety net for children who fall through the cracks between foster homes and large institutional facilities. We combine structure and treatment, and a loving home-like environment.

We operate two state-licensed facilities: 

Bridge I serves girls ages 8-18 who are victims of abuse and neglect. Bridge II serves teen moms and expectant mothers ages 12-18, and is one of few programs where mothers with behavior issues and can be placed with their infants. Bonding is key, enriching the life of the young mother and child, creating a better future for both. 

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Our Impact

Founded 28 years ago by the Rev. Jesse and Mrs. Beverly Watson, The Bridge has created a stable home for more than 1,500 children in a family-style environment.

By helping one child, we alter the future for generations of children.” — Beverly Watson

The Bridge is a residential home providing everything that a loving family should: consistent structure, building self-esteem, nurturing, life skills, and parenting skills. We provide individual and family therapy, educational assistance and advocacy, summer camps, connection to community involvement including concerts and church attendance, and recreational activities such as formal dances and growing vegetables in their own garden.


Our Partners

We are grateful to our partners:

United Way of Greater Kansas City
Swope Health Services
Plaza Rotary
Shawnee Mission Rotary
Urban Rangers
Local churches & community orgs

If your organization wishes to contribute donations or volunteer time, please contact us! 

Rosette's Story

Now a poised young woman with a family of her own, Rosette recently visited The Bridge to share her story. She had been placed in 32 foster homes and 12 lock-down facilities. At The Bridge, she found a family. 

“I entered the Bridge determined no one could tell me anything, didn’t trust and had a bad attitude. The environment was homey. I was treated like family...”

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