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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
Our West Hartford Family Newsletter Has A New Name
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We have been sending out our family newsletter to West Hartford parents for more than 20 years. We recently renamed it Every Family in keeping with our tag line: Every Family, Every Child, Every Time. We want to be more inclusive so that parents in other towns we serve can read the wonderful articles written primarily by our staff. The newsletter provides parenting articles, information about parenting workshops and activities, and resources for parents. We produce it in cooperation with the West Hartford Substance Abuse Prevention Commission. It is mailed or sent home in school packets two times per year to the families of all children in the West Hartford Public Schools as well as some private schools. We hope to expand that distribution.

Our lastest issue is: The Elephant in the Room—Helping Kids Feel Safe During Uncertain Times

Tune-In to Life Special Event for Seniors
"A Trip Down Memory Lane"
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Join us for this popular sing-along, dance-along, or just tap your feet-along on Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at St. James's Episcopal Church Auditorium, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford Center. The Hall High Jazz Band will perform old favorites and refreshments will be provided by Panera Bread and the Bridge. Tickets are free but required and are available at the Bridge, the West Hartford Senior Center and Elmwood Senior Center. This event is one of the activities held during Tune-In to Life. Read about the other events.
Programs for grades 6-9
Slide Into Summer with Bridge Summer Camps
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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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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Bridge Partners with the West Harford Exchange Club and YMCA
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Rebecca Holmes (l.) and Mary Ellen Flege (r.) recently hung blue lights on the evergreen tree in the front yard of the Bridge. The blue lights promote the National Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Month with the theme, “Believe in the Blue.” This public awareness campaign, which is a partnership between the West Hartford Exchange Club, the Bridge, and the West Hartford YMCA, promotes strong, healthy families through positive parenting. The Bridge is grateful for the opportunity to partner with these other West Hartford organizations in support of children and families.
Family Resource Center Hosts a Party for its Director
Deborah Zipkin Celebrates 20 Years at the Bridge
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The Bridge's Family Resource Center (FRC) in Charter Oak Academy threw a 20th anniversary party for FRC director Deborah Zipkin. Her staff invited current and alumni families, supporters, and friends to an Open House in honor of all the lives Deb has touched through the FRC. 

"I am thrilled to be celebrating my 20th anniversary as director of the FRC. I was able to visit with families and friends from my 20 years here," Deborah said after the party. "Thank you to our playgroup families for sharing the morning with me and to our after-school staff for continuing to make the day so special! It was the best party ever! Twenty years, yes, but the love, well that's immeasurable!" ...read more
2014 Children's Charity Ball A Great Success
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The Bridge's Children's Charity Ball was held at the Hartford Golf Club on January 18, 2014. Silver stars and streamers hung from the ceiling as 375 guests celebrated the Bridge's 15th annual gala. The theme for the evening was  "Reach for the Stars" - what the Bridge hopes to inspire in the lives of the children and families it serves. The club was decorated with bright pink cyclamen and ivy, and pink, green and silver balloons. The Bridge's signature fundraiser for its programs for children and families, the gala netted more than $270,000.

Enjoy some PHOTOS from this wonderful evening: 
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