Transitional Bridges Patient Assistance Program

The Patient Assistance Program will reopen when additional funding is available. Please check this page for the most up-to-date fund status. When funding is available, the link to the application is posted on this page. Applications are only accepted online.

Sometimes we can use a helping hand to assist us through unexpected challenges in life. My mother was a single parent of six, and although she worked full-time, there was just enough money to pay the bills. However, that never stopped her from giving to others. She could empathize with people who encountered difficulties and always found a way to give. In the same spirit, the Patient Assistance Program was born. Like my mother, I believe that small acts of kindness make life just a little easier.

Life as we know it can change in an instant. We can go from being in good health to suddenly receiving a life-threatening diagnosis or being involved in a serious auto accident. No one prepares for the unexpected challenges associated with illness or injury, yet millions of Americans face these challenges every day. For many, the impact goes beyond physical and psychological effects, extending into the realm of financial burdens.

Serious illness or injury can prevent us from earning income, reduce or eradicate financial reserves, cause food insecurity, and delay medical care due to costs. The stress and anxiety experienced from medical-related hardships can negatively affect our overall well-being and quality of life.

Our Patient Assistance Program provides financial assistance in small grants to individuals struggling financially because of a serious illness or sudden injury. Grant funding helps to pay for uncovered medical-related expenses and living expenses such as food, rent, mortgage daycare, car payment, car insurance, phone, internet, cable, utilities, heating oil, and transportation. 

    • We accept applications online only using a HIPAA-compliant secure application form.
    • Individuals must be able to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for assistance.
    • The program offers a one-time grant to assist individuals with unmet financial needs.
    • Grants may range between $100 to $500 based on individual circumstances and as funds permit.
    • Approved funds are paid directly to vendors/billers (EX: Mortgage Lender, Utility Company, etc.)
    • Applicants are notified via email if their application was approved or denied.

Please note that our Patient Assistance Program cannot process requests for emergency assistance. The application review process can take up to four weeks.

If your need for essential community services is immediate, most states offer information and referral services to health and human service organizations in your community by dialing 211. To find out whether 211 provides service in your area and to obtain more information, visit

The availability of grants varies according to our funding and the number of applications received. Board members review applications on a first-come, first-served basis. We make every effort to process applications within four weeks after receipt of a submitted application. Email is our primary method of communication. No phone calls, please. 

The Patient Assistance Program has a broad reach serving adults residing in the United States who are experiencing financial hardships due to a serious illness or injury which has impacted their livelihood. 

The Patient Assistance Program is made possible through philanthropic support and sales from our gift shop.