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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
Counseling for Military Now Offered
The Bridge is pleased to offer counseling and therapy for our Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families. Beth Golden, LMFT, a veteran of the US Navy and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist will provide services in either our West Hartford or Rockville offices.

The Bridge is licensed as an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. This license requires adherence to high standards of excellence. The Bridge currently accepts many insurance plans including Anthem, Aetna, United Behavioral Health, Oxford Blue, Connecticare, Cigna, Value Options, Medicaid and Tri-Care insurance. If your insurance does not cover our counseling, we will adjust your fee to a level you can afford. The Bridge is here to help. You can always "afford" our counseling. No one is turned away.

To make an appointment, please call 860.521.8035
Festival of Women’s Voices Supports the Bridge
Thank you to everyone who attended this event and supported the Bridge.

Please join us on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for the second annual Festival of Women’s Voices, a fusion of women's choruses hosted by the
West Hartford Women's Chorale.
The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of King Philip Middle School. Hall High School's Voce di Coeli, along with several other local women’s choirs, will join the West Hartford Women’s Chorale for a concert of music arranged for women's voices.

Free-will donations at the door will benefit the Bridge and help with our programs to support struggling and at-risk youth and families.

The WHWC is a non-audition chorale open to all women, performing major classical works, as well as traditional, jazz, and contemporary music. For more information about the concert, go to www.whwchorale.org.
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2015 Children's Charity Ball a Great Success
A night filled with light, lanterns, laughter and generosity marked the 16th annual Children's Charity Ball. Thank you to all the sponors, donors, guests, staff and volunteers.

Click here to see photos from the 2015 Children's Charity Ball

Executive Director Margaret Hann and Bill Hann
Scot Haney emceed the event.
Bridge staff served as volunteers and ambassadors for the evening.
Beth Ryan, Bridge Development Associate; Ellen Sayers, Dee Newton, and Heather Clifford, all Ball Committe members
Our Friendship Campaign is Underway
Your gift can make a difference!
Sean was 12 years old when he began to feel anxiety about transitions and was diagnosed with OCD. At the Bridge’s counseling center, he learned coping strategies to reduce his anxiety and went past his fear to bravely face his challenges. Today he is managing his transition as a college freshman using what he learned at the Bridge.

Nicole started high school as a good student who played sports. But as summer arrived, she was overwhelmed with depression by her sisters’ impending departure for college, and she began cutting herself. Their father’s substance abuse was affecting the entire family. Intensive therapy at the Bridge changed Dad’s behavior and the whole family dynamic. Most of all, Nicole learned positive ways to manage her feelings and became her happy self again. Her sisters went off to college no longer worrying about abandoning their younger sibling.

Sean and Nicole are just two of the many people helped by your gift to the Bridge's Friendship Campaign. Your gift can go twice as far with a company match, making an extra difference for our children and families in these tough times. Make your secure online donation now:

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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
West Hartford Teen Center Opens for School Year
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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