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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
Family Resource Center at Charter Oak Academy
1,2,3 Read with Me - Summer 2014
Twenty-seven pre-kindergarteners participated in the Family Resource Center's 1,2,3 Read with Me summer program at Charter Oak Academy. Morning and afternoon sessions ran from June 30 through July 25. All of the children who participated in the program will enter kindergarten in West Hartford's Charter Oak International Academy or Smith STEM School in September.

Learn more about this exciting summer program and see lots of fun photos.
2014 Summer Camp
Slide into Summer
Kids entering grades 6 through 9 enjoyed the first week of summer camp at the Bridge from July 14-18. In addition to tie-dyeing and styling t-shirts, they enjoyed crafts and games on the back porch of the Bridge. Each day they went on a field trip to Soar Indoors, Ron-A-Roll, Sports Center of CT, and other area venues. The young people enjoyed the camaraderie with peers and the support of Bridge staff and volunteers. 

The last session is August 4-8.

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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
"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
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.

The last session is August 4-8, 2014
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