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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
Thank You Filomeno and Company
West Hartford Company Donates Books to Bridge

Judie Saunders and Kat Plourde of Filomeno and Company delivered boxes of children's books to the Bridge for our Family Resource Center at Charter Oak School. Filomeno and Company is a West Hartford business advisory and accounting services company that specializes in corporate tax, estate, gift and trust, qualified plans and individual income taxes. We are grateful for their support.
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Safeguarding Our Youth
The Bridge Family Center and the Hartford Juvenile Court District Local Interagency Services Team (LIST) are hosting Safeguarding Our Youth, a forum to be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 5:30-7:45 PM to hear from West Hartford youth and families about ways the community can keep youth on positive paths. The ultimate goal is to empower youth to make healthy and appropriate choices. However, kids are less experienced and emotionally immature and will occasionally make mistakes. When mistakes occur, it is important that systems provide the interventions and guidance shown to be most effective for youth, families, and the community.

This FREE community event includes DINNER, speakers, discussions, and a question-and-answer session. The forum will be held in the West Hartford Town Hall, Room 400, located at 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT. Please RSVP by September 28, 2015 at http://conta.cc/1iJSzL3.  For more information, contact Joanna Curry-Sartori at 860.313.1119. All are welcome!  For more details or to post this event click here.
2015 Breakfast on the Bridge
Collabrative Event in its 29th Year
Judy Bierly, Director of Community Services, presents
Lori Budnick with the 2015 "Build No Fences" award.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 29th annual Breakfast on the Bridge on September 16. More than 140 school administrators, social workers, counselors, nurses, as well as policemen, local and state legislators, and other community leaders attended the event. The breakfast is an opportunity for individuals who work with children and families in West Hartford to kick off a new year of collaboration.

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10th Annual Bridge Business Award Presented at the Annual Meeting
Executive Director Margaret Hann presents
the Bridge Business Award to Stephen J. Repka II
of e-Benefits Group Northeast.

The Bridge held its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at the Pond House Café. Bridge staff, board members, and friends gathered to celebrate another successful and productive year at the Bridge.

Executive Director Margaret Hann shared highlights from the Bridge’s 46th year. The Bridge recently opened its third mental health clinic, Bridge West, in Avon, to serve the Farmington Valley area. She also noted that the residential programs at the Bridge continue to provide counseling and shelter, among other services, to homeless youth.

The Bridge’s Family Resource Center (FRC) at Charter Oak Academy launched a new program, Baby Bookworms, a two-generation program that introduces families to the importance of interactive read-alouds and vocabulary building  by reading as early as infancy. The program is supported by generous donor-advised funds through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Berkshire Bank. Margaret also said that the FRC will occupy a prominent place in the new Charter Oak Academy building in the fall of 2016.
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PEP program participants donate books, clothing, diapers
PEP graduates Shelly Stuart, Lori Florez, and Sara Barczak, 
and their children, delivered donations for Bridge programs.

The UCONN People Empowering People (PEP) program, is a personal, family, and leadership development program with a strong community focus. Twelve graduates of the spring program completed ten two-hour classes on the following topics: values, communication, active listening, problem solving, parenting, child development, our community and its leaders, action planning, and community opportunities. Presentations by guest speakers sparked the interest in the community projects and participants completed individual or group projects. The group photographed above collected children's books, new or gently used clothes, and diapers.
Liberty Bank Supports Our Parent Leadership Program for the Fourth Year
Marlon Shields, West Hartford Branch Manager for Liberty Bank, and Betty Sugerman Weintraub (r.), Associate Director for Community Initiatives at the Liberty Bank Foundation, presented a check to Martha Rennie, Director of Development at the Bridge. The $5,000 check supports the Bridge’s Parent Leadership Training Institute. This is the fourth year the Foundation has made a grant to support the program.
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