Bridges of Norman, Inc.
1670 N. Stubbeman
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Bridges of Norman
Independent Living Services for Youth (ILSY)
Mission Statement To empower high school students who live alone to achieve education without obstacles
Bridges Students
Contact Information
Contact Name Stacy Bruce
Contact email
Address 1670 N. Stubbeman
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 579-9280
Fax 405-3600535
County Cleveland County
Alternate Phone 405 596-5547
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Donate via or mail a check to Bridges, 1670 Stubbeman, Norman, OK 73069. You can also donate apartment furnishings, from linens to furniture, by calling 405.579.9280. Volunteer opportunities include cooking for weekly lifeskills meetings, mentoring, driving students to appointments, tutoring, working on computers.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $423,016.00
Projected Expenses $423,016.00
History and Background
Former Names
Independent Living Services for Youth2008
Supported Organization Bridges of Norman
Year Founded 1995
IRS Ruling Year 1996
State Registration Expiration Mar 2017
Mission To empower high school students who live alone to achieve education without obstacles

In the early 1990s, counselors and staff at Norman High School noticed the emergence of a needy population: homeless teens. These students were not homeless simply because they didn’t like their parents; their reasons were much more serious. They were alone because of some sort of family crisis; perhaps their parents were incarcerated, or deceased, or homeless themselves. It was for these types of students that the Mayor’s Task Force on Homeless Youth was created.

State law forbade these students from attending high school without a parent or guardian, and so they were forced to drop out. This made their situation worse: the only jobs available to them were minimum-wage positions, and because they were not yet 18, they couldn’t execute a contract for rent, make car payments, or receive insurance. They were ineligible for government assistance and social services, and their diminishing options put them at risk for illegal ways to earn money.

In 1993, the Mayor’s Task Force got the legal guardian law changed, so that homeless students could stay in high school. In 1995, a University of Oklahoma student began working with Norman High’s homeless population, and the task force became a nonprofit agency. ILSY’s first paid employee was hired in 2000, and in 2001, the agency purchased Sooner Pointe apartments, 20 units across from Norman North High School, and began housing eligible students.

The goal of the Bridges program is to assist students by removing barriers to graduation, which includes help with food, clothing, shelter, and medical needs. The students also receive counseling in life skills and have advocates to help them graduate. There is no other area program currently duplicating these services, and because Bridges students are not in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, without our help, they would fall through the cracks.

In 2005, as their centennial project, the three Norman Rotary Clubs, in conjunction with the Norman Affordable Housing Corporation, raised funds to build a student center with living area, kitchen, computer lab, laundry, offices, and two additional apartments.

In 2007, after many focus groups and much study, the name ILSY was changed to Bridges. Today Bridges serves about 51 students per year, with about 20 per semester living on-site and the rest in scattered housing. We are a United Way of Norman agency with additional funding provided by rental income, grants, and community donations.

Impact In 1994, high school counselors noticed that students who lived on their own were trying, to no avail, to enroll in high school without a parent or guardian. A 1995 mayoral task force changed the state law to allow students who lived independently to enroll themselves. Once high school was again an option, a number of students with multiple needs came forward. Independent Living Services for Youth, now Bridges, was founded to assist independent students with needs so that they could successfully graduate. Today, hundreds of students are successful graduates of the Bridges program, which offers housing with sliding-scale rent, mentoring, case management, trauma counseling, and connection with other social services. Programs in place include mentoring, an incentive-based savings account, case management, and lifeskills. Currently, 90% of Bridges's clients go on to some type of higher education, compared to about 58% of all Oklahoma seniors. These students, who are alone because of parental death, incarceration, mental illness, or addiction, state that they would probably be on the streets without help. A survey of Bridges students from 1998 to 2001 shows that 50% of these students have finished college, and 29% own their own homes. These numbers indicate that Bridges graduates probably don't have to depend on social services. We are breaking the chain of poverty and setting students up for a successful life.
Bridges's top need is $50,000 to expand our career coaching position from part- to full-time. This position currently trains and matches mentors and mentees, plans quarterly social events, and oversees relationships between the pairs. We need to expand a pilot program that provides our students with workplace mentors at jobs like bank teller and piano tuner, pays them above minimum wage, and limits their work to 10 hours week. The pilot program proved that students did better in school and came away with a valuable job skill through the program. This would fall under the job of the career coaching coordinator, and would require a full-time position. We also need about 15 more volunteers who would be willing to drive students to and from work (currently they find their own way, which isn't very safe), $40,000 for refurbishing our apartments, which were built in the 1970s, and $3,000 to re-do our website, plus we need to establish a teen-friendly program that would help our students better manage their finances.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

To create Bridges, high school counselors recognized a need, the mayor and city council had to get a state law changed, and the Norman Housing Authority took a leap of faith.

The Norman Housing Authority knew that there was no way to enforce a lease made with high school students who were under 18. But they also knew that these same teens deserved an opportunity to better themselves and succeed, so they took the gamble.
Twenty years later, Bridges, with the support of the City of Norman, the Norman Public Schools, the 3 Norman Rotary Clubs, 18 churches, and countless volunteers, has provided a successful life for hundreds of students who would otherwise, according to them, have been on the streets. From the first, Bridges has been a community collaboration that has drawn in many Normanites to help with food, clothing, apartment setup, medical care, educational assistance, and any other need to help these students get the basics for a decent life. The proud students who graduate Bridges often consider it their family, returning every year to check in and talk about their lives. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Bridges serves teens who are enrolled in a Norman High School.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Homeless Shelters
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/
Description Student housing program - provides income-based apartment housing for high school students. Student Assistance program - provides money for all school-related programs, including class fees and prom tickets, as well as money for emergency expenses. Bootstrap program - provides college scholarships for students. Norman Regional Hospital Medical fund - provides money to cover medical, dental, and vision expenses incurred by students.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments  In our 20 years of working with high school students who live alone and want to graduate, we have learned that building relationships--with students, with other social service agencies, with school and city officials, and with funders--is the single most important part of our program. Only when we have established trust with our students will they accept the housing, case management, and counseling that we offer. In the same way, we can advocate for our students only through our relationships with Norman Public Schools, the City of Norman, and other public entities. Our funders will not support us unless we operate with transparency and tell the compelling stories of our clients. The Norman Housing Authority took a leap of faith when they agreed to make housing contracts with students under the age of 18, because they cannot legally execute contracts. To protect both the students and the trust of the NHA, we have established concrete housing and behavior guidelines, monitored by on-site resident advisors who are available 24/7.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Stacy Bruce
Start Date Nov 2016
Senior Staff
Stacy BruceExecutive Director
Kyle MooreSocial Services Coordinator
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 101
Staff Retention Rate 50
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 4
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
City of Norman, Norman Public Schools, Variety Healthcare, Center for Children and Families, Food for Thought, Moore Norman Technology Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman Housing Authority, 18 churches.
ONE (Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence) AwardOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2012
HERO AwardUnited way of Norman2014
Best PracticesUS Dept. of Housing and Urban Development2003
Primary Vision AwardNorman Community Foundation2004
Volunteer of the YearUnited Way2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Ms. Lisa Allen
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Lisa Allen Community VolunteerVoting
Gail Blaylock Voting
Scott Brockman Ward and Glass, LLPVoting
Scott Collier Robert Half Office Team StaffingVoting
Vincent DeBerry University of OklahomaVoting
Doug Haws TJIM, LLCVoting
Liz Hedrick RetiredVoting
Debbie Hoover First United BankVoting
Debby Hughes Community VolunteerVoting
Chan Klingensmith University of OklahomaVoting
Brian McPherson Shelter InsuranceVoting
Mark Millsap The Norman TranscriptVoting
Andrew Rickels General Growth PropertiesVoting
Megan Siravo Community VolunteerVoting
Kent Tarver Republic BankVoting
Tory Tedder-Loffland OECVoting
Nathan Thompson ArvestVoting
Emily Virgin State RepresentativeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Student Affairs
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Housing and Community Development
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Bridges is doing an acceptable job of supporting those students who, through process of psychological testing, reference checking, school records, and independent living testing, are allowed into the program. The current challenge is the 64 students who last year were not accepted because of maturity or addiction issues. Our board is working to study this population and find a solution for them. No shelter will take someone under the age of 18, which leaves independent youth alone and vulnerable to the sex trafficking that occurs in Norman. We recognize that mixing these two populations would not work, because the second group needs tighter supervision and more intensive therapy. We are investigating options for a basic center and shelter for teens.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $423,016
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $423,016
Financial Documents
2015 audit2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$68,532$70,660$79,134
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,270$993$890
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$102,167$100,303$51,786
Revenue In-Kind$43,942$36,960$62,745
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$293,292$291,187$292,114
Administration Expense$71,175$65,969$63,107
Fundraising Expense$3,628$1,558$3,064
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.031.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$886,374$860,748$856,089
Current Assets$175,457$154,228$124,061
Long-Term Liabilities$72,124$78,454$84,327
Current Liabilities$16,227$15,822$14,703
Total Net Assets$798,023$766,472$757,059
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.819.758.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%9%10%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $102,167Special Events $100,303Individuals $79,134
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Support $77,017Indirect Support $75,819Earned Revenue $62,911
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $68,532Individuals $70,660Revenue in Kind $62,745
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
BRICKS & MORTAR: $125,000 ($25,000/QUAD)
Bridges consists of five buildings (quads). Each building (quad) has 4, one bedroom apartments in them. These
apartments were built in the 1970’s and have been renovated only once. Each quad needs both interior and exterior
remodeling. It is approximated that $25,000 per building (quad) would help address:
• Interior paint
• Wood laminate floors in all apartments
• Updated appliances in all apartments
• Ventilation to meet updated codes
• Identify and treat any potential mold
• HVAC repairs
• Deteriorating brick
• Exterior paint
• Windows and screens 
Donors funding renovations for an entire quad would receive naming rights on the quad being renovated.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior financial information came from the audited financial statements.
2014, Note 2, a prior period adjustment of $6,999 was made related to the Accounts Receivable balance.  We reduced the 2013 revenues by this amount in order to balance the total net assets according to the audited financials. 
Address 1670 N. Stubbeman
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 579-9280
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
CEO/Executive Director Stacy Bruce
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Allen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


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