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The Bridge is a safety net for children and families...

• A place where kids in crisis can find real hope

• A place where parents get help when there's trouble at home

• A place where homeless teens become self-sufficient adults
Donna Namnoun receives "Build No Fences" Award
2014 Breakfast On the Bridge
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Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Breakfast on the Bridge September 10. We had nearly 140 school and social service professionals and community leaders from West Hartford. The breakfast is an opportunity for individuals who work with children and families in West Hartford to kick off a new year of collaboration.

This event is also the venue for presenting the annual ‘Build No Fences Award’ that was presented for the 27th year to an individual who works collaboratively to provide support for young people and families. Judy Bierly, Bridge Director of Community Services, presented this year’s award to Donna Namnoun, who has been in education for 35 years with the last 23 at Hall High School as an art teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal. Donna recently retired to spend more time with her family and pursue her artwork.  ...Click here to read more and see photos
Are Your Children’s Emotions Affecting Their Health?
How Stress and Feelings Impact Wellness - A Parenting Panel Discussion
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Have you seen your family’s pediatrician or a specialist in search of a cause for your child’s stomach ache, headache, change in attitude, or something else? What’s going on? Could it be a virus? Could it be stress? Could it be a combination?

Life can be stressful. As adults we deal with stress regularly, but it’s easy to forget that children get stressed, too. Our panel will discuss the link between children’s emotions and their physical symptoms. Come engage with these trained professionals and learn about the connection between stress, emotion, and health.

This FREE event will take place on Monday, September 29th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford. Chip Janiszewski will moderate for a panel of four behavioral health experts: Dr. Tom Brown, Doctors Express; Joanna Curry-Sartori; Family Therapist, the Bridge Family Center, Jacqueline O. Berkowitz, Child Services Director, Jewish Family Services, and Tor Fiske, Counseling Department Supervisor, West Hartford Public Schools. If you have questions, please call 860.236.1927 ext. 7130 or 860.841.0653.
The Bridge Family Center Awarded $75,000 Grant for Behavioral Health Initiatives
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The Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA), a quasi-public agency, recently announced the recipients of their 2014 Nonprofit Grants which included a $75,000 grant to the Bridge Family Center in West Hartford.  The grant will allow the Bridge to hire an additional full-time licensed therapist to increase the number of behavioral health clients seen and increase the number of therapy sessions to address more intensive service needs.  Jeffrey A. Asher, CHEFA’s Executive Director, presented the check to Martha Rennie, Bridge Director of Development, who graciously accepted it on behalf of the Bridge Family Center. ...read more
2015 Children's Charity Ball Committee
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An enthusiastic Children's Charity Ball Committee kicked off the planning for our 16th annual gala. Executive Director Margaret Hann welcomed the committee members, thanked them for their time and talent, and spoke about how the monies raised at the Ball go directly to help children and families in need.

The Ball will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Hartford Golf Club. If you would like to be added to the invitation list, email Beth Ryan or call the Bridge at 860.521.8035.
West Hartford Teen Center Opens for School Year
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Celebrating its 15th year serving West Hartford, the Teen Center, staffed and operated by the Bridge Family Center, is a FREE, supervised, safe, clean, and substance-free place for teens to hang out after school, do their homework, and stay out of trouble.The Center offers both informal socializing and organized programs such as: pick-up games of basketball, billiards, Ping-Pong, Xbox, creative arts, and cooking. There are also tournaments with prizes, a holiday dinner and raffle, and member-of-the-month gift cards!  So encourage your Hall or Conard high-schoolers to check out the “teen scene” at the Center.

The West Hartford Teen Center is located in the Elmwood Community Center at 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford.  There is NO CHARGE to come to the Teen Center.  It is open on Monday and Friday from 2:30-5:00 p.m., Wednesday from 1:00-3:30 p.m., and one Friday night per month from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Check here for Friday night dates.

All Teen Center participants are expected to understand and sign an Honor Code that enforces behavioral expectations and encourages good values and tolerance.  The staff is there to guide members through problem-resolution, decision-making, as well as relationship-building skills.  Teens can expect to meet new people and make friends, but are also encouraged to bring peers to join them.  The best part is that parents will know their children are protected and will be happy to be there. 
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The Bridge Receives Federal Grant From Health and Human Services
Youth in Transition (YIT) Transitional Living Program
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The transition from high school into adulthood is tough enough for traditional students. For students struggling with poverty or a lack of support, that transition is exponentially more difficult. The Bridge Family Center was awarded a federal grant of $185,038 annually for the next five years to support our Youth in Transition (YIT) Transitional Living Program, an innovative and critical program for runaway and homeless youth (RHY) ages 16-21.

The program is for young people in Central Connecticut, including Greater Hartford, who are not in the state system of care, and can include pregnant and parenting teens and their children. The Bridge is among only 20 other organizations in the country to be granted funding for this critical youth program. YIT provides annual support services and transitional housing, including five scattered site apartments, to youths who seek assistance to leave the streets and build independent, secure lives. At any one time, the apartments can accommodate up to 10 YIT participants and five of their children. ...read more
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