Life Is Better When You Have Hope
Life Is Better When You Have Hope

About Us

Bridge To Hope provides services & programs designed to bridge the gap left by public assistance programs, to raise the quality of life and standard of living, and to restore dignity, and hope to those in need.  Bridge to Hope provides services to qualified applicants without regard to race, gender, age, language, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or religious affiliation.


We invite you to browse our website and get to know our heart.  We hope you will return regularly to see the ongoing work.  Bridge to Hope is made possible by the generous support of our funders, retail partners, and caring people just like you.

Vanessa Tinsley, Executive and Program Director

Originally called Not By Bread Alone, this organization was founded in 1988 to supply cleaning and personal hygiene products to food stamp recipients.  As we learned more about the effects of poverty on the  family we began to expand into other areas of outreach.  Our vision is to give people a way out instead of a handout; to be a source of inspiration and encouragement.  We believe that if we help those in our community who have the least, we not only improve their quality of life, but we strengthen the whole community.

Through Make A House A Home more than 1 million dollars in housewares have been given to families in need.  Proud to Learn has given away more 3000 backpacks plus additional school supplies. Additionally, we've provided 120 computers and distributed more than 5000 books.  The Community Kitchen provides 7500 meals annually.  Our food pantry has a distribution of over 15,000 bags of food annually.  I'm proud to be a part of this dynamic and outstanding program and hope you will partner with us in our efforts.

Board of Directors

Vanessa Tinsley 

Executive Director and Founder of Bridge to Hope. Vanessa is a Miami Leader, Class of 2016. She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Florida Association of Non-Profit Organizations, a Bachelor in Theology, and a Masters in Worship Arts. She is an ordained minister, spiritual leader, and advisor who spent 30 years teaching Fine Arts, Sacred Studies and Religion and also served as Chaplain and Director of Family Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. Vanessa began working as a Public and Motivational Speaker in 1994 and has presented at conferences is in the U.S., Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Vanessa is a Graduate of the Social Entrepreneur Bootcamp, and the District 8 Non-Profit Academy. Her life mission is "to leave people better than I found them."


Cassandre D. Anglade, Esq., Associate at David Low & Associates, P.A..

Cassandre attended Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School which instilled in her a desire for service and giving back to the community. She has been actively engaged in community service throughout her adult life and began volunteering regularly at Bridge to Hope in 2009. Fluent in English and Creole, Cassandre holds a Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from FIU and Juris Doctorate from FIU College of Law. Board Member since 2015.


Diana Tinsley

Diana currently works in Health Management Administration and has a degree in Business from Florida State University. She has worked extensively with physically challenged children and has a passion for helping families. Raised in South Miami-Dade, Diana volunteered with Bridge to Hope for 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors.



Devon Schweidel

Devon was born and raised in New York City. She attended Stony Brook University receiving a dual degree in Cultural Anthropology and Art History. After college she spent the next several years traveling the world. She translated folklore in Madagascar, worked with the Maasai in Tanzania, helped the Park Service in Kenya, lived on a farm in Norway, and attended La Sorbonne in Paris. When she finally decided to return state-side, she landed in Miami Florida. Key Biscayne yacht club offered her a job as a sailboat racing coach. While coaching, Devon began teaching Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School. Currently Devon teaches 4th grade in Denver Colorado and spends her spare time skiing.  


Margarita Spencer

Retired. Former Vice President and Partner at Bugdal Group Inc. Miami Florida, and Graphic Artist for Milici Valenti Advertising, Honolulu Hawaii Margi brings experience as Production Director, Project Manager, Administrator, and Graphic Designer. Margi is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks conversational French. Margi is co-pastor of Basileia International Ministries and speaks internationally. Besides teaching, she is responsible for all publishing; promotion; administration; and co-authoring and translating the ministry books, manuals and resources for Basileia International Ministries. She has co-authored four books. Margi studied Fine Arts at Hunter College City University of New York, School of Visual Arts New York, New York, and Florida International University


Al Scavone

Former Business Owner and Youth Ministry Director, Al serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Christian Centre in Margate Florida where he has been serving since 1974. In addition to teaching and counseling at the church he has also ministered in Thailand and Vietnam. Pastor Al counseled/ministered for 12 years at the Sonrise Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and currently does counseling ministry at Banyan Treatment Center of Pompano. He holds a Bachelor in Theology.


Julie Perez

Senior Master Sargent in you United States Air Force currently working for the Department of Defense as a Training Management Specialist in charge of developing programing, conference planner and speaker, and training program supervisor. She was awarded Senior Non- Commissioned Officer of the Quarter 2014 and 2016 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, as well as being awarded South Florida Federal Employee of the Year Administrative Division in 2014.  Julie holds an A.A. in Business and is currently completing her B.A. in Management and Supervision.


Contact Us

Bridge To Hope

13295 SW 268th Street

Homestead, FL  33032

Phone: 305 258-7803


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Did You Know?

The average cost of a meal at home in Miami-Dade is $3.15.  In Miami-Dade a person receiving the maximum SNAP (food stamps) benefit receives $1.47 per meal. 


What would you eat for dinner on $1.47?


Did you know...

Bridge to Hope gave out 20,368 bags of groceries and served 5091 children in 2016.

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