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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
2014 Holiday Wish List
Though the media makes the holiday season look sparkling and full of joy, that is not the reality for many of the children and families the Bridge serves. To help those in need of extra help, we have put together our 2014 Wish List. A simple gift can add joy to someone's holiday. A gift card is the best kind of donation because it allows staff members to purchase items for children or allows the kids themselves to pick out something they need or want--a cozy scarf, a CD, boots, or a favorite snack.

Gift cards:  Marshalls, WalMart, Kohls, BJs, Best Buy, Babies R Us, Bobs, Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Eblens, Macys, Westfarms Mall, Buckland Hills Mall, Michaels, Jerry’s Artarama, Bow-Tie Cinema, Rave Cinema, CVS, Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, restaurants (Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, A.C.Petersons), supermarkets, Visa and American Express gift cards. ...read more
Get gifts for your loved ones while giving back to your community
Get & Give Holiday Event
Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, West Hartford Center on Dec. 18 from 4-8:00 p.m. and 15% of all sales during this event will be donated to the Bridge Family Center. Get gifts for your loved ones while giving back to your community. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. As a fair trade retailer, product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who might otherwise live on less than $2 a day.
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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Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)
Bridge Offers Parent Leadership
Come and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of West Hartford children by expanding your parental toolbox to include leadership and advocacy skills. The Family Resource Center (FRC), a program of the Bridge Family Center, is offering the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) for the fourth consecutive year. The program trains, inspires, and empowers parents to become effective advocates for children.

The 20-week program on civic engagement will kick off with a retreat on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Subsequent classes will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from January 15 through May 28, 2015 at Conard High School. The classes will feature a rich curriculum and presentations by local officials and other community leaders. Participants will learn how state and local governments work and will gain an understanding of economic trends and their impact on families. Childcare and dinner will be provided at each session. There is no fee to participate. ...read more
2016 Children's Charity Ball Committee
An enthusiastic Children's Charity Ball Committee kicked off the planning for our 16th annual gala. Executive Director Margaret Hann welcomed the committee members, thanked them for their time and talent, and spoke about how the monies raised at the Ball go directly to help children and families in need.

The Ball will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Hartford Golf Club. If you would like to be added to the invitation list, email Beth Ryan or call the Bridge at 860.521.8035.
Donna Namnoun receives "Build No Fences" Award
2014 Breakfast On the Bridge
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Breakfast on the Bridge September 10. We had nearly 140 school and social service professionals and community leaders from West Hartford. The breakfast is an opportunity for individuals who work with children and families in West Hartford to kick off a new year of collaboration.

This event is also the venue for presenting the annual ‘Build No Fences Award’ that was presented for the 27th year to an individual who works collaboratively to provide support for young people and families. Judy Bierly, Bridge Director of Community Services, presented this year’s award to Donna Namnoun, who has been in education for 35 years with the last 23 at Hall High School as an art teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal. Donna recently retired to spend more time with her family and pursue her artwork.  ...Click here to read more and see photos
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