“I knew that coming to art group would mean a lot to the kids,
but I just didn’t realize how much!”

DrawBridge Volunteer, Santa Cruz


How DrawBridge Helps Children

Art helps children process overwhelming emotions, allowing them to express creatively what they can’t express verbally. Art has been proven to foster learning and critical thinking skills; it supports the development of a more healthy and resilient individual; and it helps to develop skills for a productive and successful life. Using art as a tool to inspire creativity, empowerment, and active participation, the nurturing support of DrawBridge facilitators helps kids regain a sense of confidence and security.


Since its inception in 1989, DrawBridge has inspired more than 35,000 homeless and underserved children in eight San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Our art groups currently host over 5500 child visits each year.

We partner with dozens of homeless and emergency shelters, safe houses and low-income housing facilities, bringing art groups to the kids right where they currently reside.

Our passionate volunteers give thousands of hours each year to support
our mission –  more hours than total paid staff.

Inspiring Creativity, Joy and Self-Confidence