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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
Celebrating 45 Years
2014 Annual Meeting Held at the Pond House Cafe
Rob Koff, KWK Management, LLC
Margaret Hann, Executive Director,
Dawn Koff
The Bridge held its annual meeting on June 10 at the Pond House Café. Seventy Bridge staff, board members, and friends gathered to celebrate the Bridge’s 45th year.  

Executive Director Margaret Hann shared highlights from the past year. The Bridge received three substantial grants to support our work: 1) a Federal Transitional Living Program grant—$185,038 a year for the next five years—to serve runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to 23; a three-year $375,000 ($125,000 per year) operating support grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; $298,000 from the Governor’s Nonprofit Grant Program to be used for a new management information system and to add four additional offices to our counseling center. Another milestone was a record $275,000 raised at the Children’s Charity Ball.    ...read more
The Bridge Receives Federal Grant From Health and Human Services
Youth in Transition (YIT) Transitional Living Program
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
Programs for grades 6-9
Slide Into Summer with Bridge Summer Camps
The Bridge Family Center is pleased to offer another summer of fun and adventure. Our program is designed for kids to have fun, kick back, try different activities, and make new friends. We are designated as a licensed Youth Camp by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and meet high standards for quality and safety. We offer similar programs for grades 6–9 but separate into two age groups so kids can be with their peers.

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"It Wasn't Like This When I Was Growing Up!"
Parenting Workshop offered in Rockville
Because we get it that raising a child can be challenging and parents may feel alone sometimes, the Bridge East Family Center is offering a six-week parenting workshop.

Where:  26 Union Street, Suite 2, Rockville, CT 06066
When:  Weds, June 18, 2014 – July 23, 2014, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Cost:   $10 per session OR pay $50 upfront for all 6 weeks.
Contact: Beth Golden, MS MFT at 860.870.2543 to register

Topics will include - Handling challenging behaviors, adjusting to life changes, disciplining issues, connecting to your kids, arguing, teaching responsibility, limit-setting, problem-solving, building communication skills, rebuilding relationships, parenting self-care.

Please print this flyer and post to let parents and providers know about this workshop. Print
Tune-In to Life 2014
Another Year of Rich Experiences

Senior citizens tapped their feet--some even danced--to the strains of old favories from the 30s and 40s played by the Hall High Jazz Band. Parents got tips on keeping their teens safe on the road. Fifth graders made beautiful posters of healthy choices they make--activities they love to engage in--and we displayed them all over town. Read more and see photos
Celebrating Margaret Johnson
Her time and talents made a difference at the Bridge
More than 20 years ago, Margaret (better known to us as Peggy) Johnson responded to an ad for a clerical volunteer at the Bridge. She had recently lost her husband and was looking for something meaningful to fill her life. Well, she filled hers and ours.

For all those years, Peggy copied, folded, stuffed, sealed, delivered, and so on. She became the keeper of our scrapbooks of news clippings—a historian of sorts. She ran our craft fair at The Hartford for many years. Each spring, she coordinated our fifth grade poster project about making healthy choices. She picked up the posters from each elementary school, sorted and mounted them, and delivered them to be displayed in stores, banks, libraries, and more. She mounted and tied pens on hundreds of bid sheets for our Children’s Charity Ball. Many clerical tasks became her jobs and she took them seriously and did them well. She came in—often in spite of weather and health issues. She believed in the Bridge and enjoyed the camaraderie she found here.

Peggy recently retired. We celebrated her many years of commitment to the Bridge with a luncheon at the Hartford Golf Club. We are grateful beyond words for what she gave us—her time and talents for more than 20 years.
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