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• A place where kids in crisis can find real hope

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• A place where homeless teens become self-sufficient adults
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.
A third Bridge counseling center opened in Avon
The new office, opened to meet the expressed needs of Avon and the surrounding communities, is located in a quiet location in the heart of Avon at 45 West Main Street. Two therapists, Mary Ellen Lonergan, LMFT, and Joanna Curry-Sartori, MFT, offer individual, couple, and family therapy for children and families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist is available to offer medication evaluations in the Bridge’s West Hartford office for clients engaged in therapy with the Bridge.

Both afternoon and evening appointments are available. Most insurance plans are accepted including HUSKY/Medicaid, Oxford Blue, Cigna, Anthem, Aetna, and Optum Health. To make an appointment with a counselor, contact the main Bridge office at 860.521.8035. See the story in the Hartford Courant.

Thank you so much for believing in our organization.
West Hartford Women's Chorale Supports the Bridge
Nancy Hunt, Communications Associate at the Bridge; Karen Bachman, WHWC Co-founder and Board President; Margaret Hann, Bridge Executive Director; Robin Doyle, WHWC Board Member.
The West Hartford Women's Chorale (WHWC) presented a check to the Bridge for $800--the donations accepted at their second annual Festival of Women’s Voices. The concert was a fusion of women's choruses hosted by the Chorale: Hall High School's Voce di Coeli, along with several other local women’s choirs. Donations given by those who attended the concert will support Bridge programs for struggling and at-risk youth and families. Thank you to the Chorale for choosing the Bridge as the recipient of this generous gift.
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
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