Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Building Bridges connects NextGen Training Academy participants with additional resources to support them in their personal lives. 

Our trainees are family, and we support them like family. We understand that many trainees face challenges outside of job training that impact their well-being. In those moments, Building Bridges is a helpful lifeline that brings resources to trainees.

A GRID Mid-Atlantic trainee prepares to climb a ladder at an installation in Washington, DC, in 2023.

Each weekday, trainees and graduates from our current or past workforce training programs are invited to join the Building Bridges live Zoom session from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (For more information on how to join the Zoom link, reach out to 

Trainees are invited to meet with GRID Mid-Atlantic instructors via Zoom to discuss career opportunities, personal development, or find support for personal challenges.

Trainees may also reach out directly to the below organizations who partner with the NextGen Training Academy:

  • Sasha Bruce
    • Sasha Bruce provides shelter, counseling, and life skills training to help individuals find temporary and permanent housing. They are responsive in emergency situations.
    • Website:
    • Phone (information): (202) 675-9340; Phone (emergencies): (202) 547-7777
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME)
    • SOME provides housing, healthcare, and case management services — including senior services. SOME’s healthcare includes mental and behavioral health support.
    • Website:
    • Phone: (202) 797-8806
  • Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) 
    • GWUL (aka “The League”)’s mission is to strengthen the economic and political power of Black populations in the region. It provides emergency utility and rent support, as well as scholarships and resources to prevent homelessness.  
    • Website:
    • Phone (information): (202) 265-8200; Phone (emergencies): (202) 792-2554 
  • Bread for the City
    • Bread for the City supports underserved communities and individuals by providing food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services. 
    • Website:
    • Phone (Northwest DC): (202) 265-2400; Phone (Southeast DC): (202) 561-8587 
  • Martha’s Table
    • Martha’s Table increases access to quality education, health and wellness, and family resources. Guests are able to make monthly visits to their markets for fresh produce and pantry items. 
    • Website:
    • Phone: (202) 328-6608 
  • Mental Health Hotline
    • The Mental Health Hotline is available 24/7 to provide support in moments of mental health crisis. It also provides information about various mental health conditions to help affected individuals and their loved ones.
    • Website:
    • Phone: (866) 903-3787
  • Catholic Charities
    • Catholic Charities serves D.C. and Maryland residents by providing meals, medical care, housing, and more. Catholic Charities' services are available to anyone regardless of race, religion, orientation, or status.
    • Website:
    • Phone: (202) 772-4300