We are a multi-service agency committed to the success of everyone in our program.  We provide a safe, positive, goal-focused environment in which each person can work toward the successful completion of their goals beginning with having a safe place to call home. We also provide assistance to individuals who need help finding employment, becoming more educated, securing reliable transportation, or applying for disability benefits. BCS helps the neediest first.

Board of Directors

Tanya J. Reed | President

2016

Info: Ms. Reed is currently retired from the banking/credit union industry where she worked for many years as a department head in collections. Ms. Reed has experience in dealing with low income consumers. Prior to her second career she was a business owner / caterer in the restaurant industry. Ms Reed joined the Board of Bridges in 2004. She served on the Citizens Advisory Committee during Mayor Dan Cannon’s terms, for the Community Development Department. RE07-11

Andrea Crowe | Vice President

Kristy Spence | Treasurer

2015

Contact: 765-289-7951

Info: Ms Spence joins the Board as a representative of the non-profit finance community. Her firm has worked for 501c3 agencies and is very familiar with Bridges financial picture.

Connie Gregory | Secretary

2015

Contact: 765-287-9964

Info: Ms Gregory is most recently the ED of the Muncie Community Development Department. Prior to her position with the city, she was the ED of the Delaware County Housing Authority. Beyond that position she worked for the city, in the CD Department. Her focus is low income housing. Chair, Board Dev and By Laws Comm.

Board of Members

Marianne Benson | Retired Teacher

Vinnell Kelly | Veteran

2016

Contact: 765-215-1268

Julie Mason | Altrusa Member

Samantha Buckles | Agency Rep.

Contact: 765-282-3948

Meet our Staff

  • Samantha Buckles | Executive Director
  • Alanna Hensley | Fiscal Manager
  • Karee Buffin | Fund Developer/Internship Coordinator
  • Sara R. Beaver | Program Case Manager
  • Missy Nelson | Veterans Case Manager
  • Rodney Kiger | Maintenance Department

History

1994

  • Bridges Community Services, Inc. (BCS) was established as Minority owned non-for profit business; (Libby Petro: Executive Director).
  • 318 W. 8th Street building was renovated and converted into transitional housing using grant money for housing rehabilitation.
  • Bridges is classified as a CHDO: A Community Housing Development Organization. (A private nonprofit, community-based organization that has staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.)

2004

  • Susan Kemp becomes CEO.
  • The focus became more inclusive for homeless in the community.
  • Grants were obtained that included men as well as women and children.
  • Some properties were purchased and rehabilitated, while others were donated to BCS for the use of the mission.

2007

BCS converted a property into a seasonal emergency shelter which is now open all year around. Individuals displaced from fire, weather, or other short term emergencies have a place to go while long-term housing can be sought for them.

2011

The Senior Employment Program (SEP) was added to BCS

2016

Indiana’s first Tiny Home village opened at BCS with 6 tiny homes

2017

  • A CDBG grant was obtained to support BCS as a disaster response site.
  • The HUB, (Housing Utilization Building) opens for business.
  • Funding changes to “housing first” model

2018

  • Additional funding was secured for cots, emergency equipment, a generator, first aid items, and replacement of appliances for low income housing units.
  • Susan Kemp stepped down as CEO and BCS gained a new Executive Director, Samantha Buckles.

We Value our Funders

  • United Way of Delaware County
  • City of Muncie Community Development
  • The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County
  • FEMA
  • Private Donors
  • HUD
  • Department of Education
  • State of Indiana – Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • First Merchants Bank
  • Meijer
  • Canteen Vending
  • Ontario Systems
  • Mutual Bank
  • Organize This!
  • Walmart
  • Tom Cherry Muffler
  • Family Video
  • Delta Theta Tau
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Prime Trust FCU
  • Innovation Connector