Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter
We are excited about our partnership with the new Bridge Shelter in Costa Mesa!
The 70-bed shelter on Airway Avenue opened in April of 2021 as a temporary shelter for single adults with strong ties to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Furnished by Ikea, the 12,000 sq. ft. shelter is a safe place for the homeless while they seek permanent housing.
In December, Bracken’s Kitchen began providing three meals a day, seven days a week to the shelter residents. The variety of food includes, BBQ Chicken with California Blend Vegetables and Cheesy Potatoes, Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed Brown Rice and a Mixed Green Salad, Chicken Pot Pie with Steamed Broccoli, and Savory Chicken Chili with Steamed Rice, Country Blend Vegetables and Warm Bread.
John Begin is grateful for the partnership with Bracken’s Kitchen. Begin is the Interim Neighborhood Improvement Manager at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter and also the Homeless Initiative Director for Trellis, a nonprofit in Costa Mesa that focuses on homelessness, literacy, and neighboring/cultural integration.
Trellis works with 54 churches in Costa Mesa, other nonprofits, the city of Costa Mesa, and businesses to bring a collaborative effort to the city’s biggest challenges, including homelessness.
Clients at the Bridge Shelter had praise for the food provided by Bracken’s Kitchen. “Thank you very much for making that wonderful dinner with amazing flavors. It was great to look around and see the smiling faces of everyone. I hope to experience that special taste again,” said one client.
“I think it’s great food. It’s delicious. I think it’s terrific, the quality of the food that comes through the food. It’s phenomenal, I feel like I am eating at a fancy restaurant. Kudos to the chef,” said another client.
We are grateful to collaborate with the City of Costa Mesa and their Bridge Shelter to provide meals to clients as they work to get back on their feet and find permanent housing!