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Bridgewell Hires O’Keefe to Direct Family Support Center

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

PEABODY, Mass. (March 11, 2024) – Bridgewell, a nonprofit social and human services organization serving northeastern Massachusetts, today announced that Kirsten O’Keefe of Lynn has been promoted to director of the Bridgewell Family Support Center in Lynn. “Kirsten brings valuable experience and enthusiasm to our strong team of Family Support Community Case Managers,” said Jessica Almeida, Vice President of Day...

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Bridgewell to Honor Difference Makers  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bridgewell to Honor Difference Makers  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala The Rubin family of Bernie & Phyl’s and long-time employee Gary LaPierre have made a lasting impact on the organization  PEABODY, Mass. (February 21, 2024) – Bridgewell, a nonprofit social and human services organization serving northeastern Massachusetts, today announced that the Rubin family of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture will be...

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Healing Addiction Through Art

Friday, October 13, 2023

A new exhibit at Great Art Studio, “Shame Fear Love,” is tackling women’s experiences battling addiction. The exhibit is the work of 12 women from Bridgewell’s Johnson Street residential treatment program. “This was a chance for us to get out of the house and be in an intimate setting with women,” Melissa Hinckley, of Gloucester, who is in the Johnson...

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Bridgewell’s Imagine the Possibilities Gala raises $320,000 to support critical community services

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Annual Gala honored former Essex County DA Jonathan Blodgett and was hosted by WCVB’s Katie Thompson PEABODY, Mass., May 2, 2023 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit social and human services organization which provides social and human services to more than 6,300 people across Massachusetts hosted its 2023 Imagine the Possibilities Gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on Friday, April 28....

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Bridgewell Awarded CARF International Three-Year Accreditation

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

By Awarding this Accreditation, CARF Recognizes Bridgewell’s Commitment to Providing the Highest Levels of Care Through Programs and Services Offered PEABODY, Mass., March 6, 2023 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit social and human services organization serving more than 6,000 people across Massachusetts, announced today that it has been awarded a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International. This recognition is CARF’s highest level...

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2-28-23 Bridgewell to Honor Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Bridgewell to Honor Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett at Imagine the Possibilities Gala By Presenting this Honor, Bridgewell Recognizes Jonathan Blodgett’s Long-Standing Drug Treatment and Recovery Efforts  PEABODY, Mass., February 28, 2023 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit social and human services organization serving more than 6,300 people across northeastern Massachusetts, announced today that former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan...

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Bridgewell Announces Addition of Jessica Almeida to Key Leadership Role

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Bridgewell Announces Addition of Jessica Almeida to Key Leadership Role As VP of Day Habilitation and Community Engagement, Jessica Almeida Will Help Further Services Offered at Bridgewell Programs PEABODY, Mass., February 2023 – Bridgewell, a local nonprofit social and human services organization, announced today that Jessica Almeida has joined the organization as Vice President of Day Habilitation and Community Engagement....

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Bridgewell Gala Goes Above and Beyond To Support Individuals in Need

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Monday, May 9th (Peabody, MA) – Bridgewell is pleased to announce that over $326,000 was raised at the Imagine the Possibilities Gala on April 29th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, surpassing its $300,000 goal. Funds raised strengthen the Bridgewell’s mission of empowering people with life challenges achieve their fullest potential. “What a spectacular event,” said Chris Tuttle, Bridgewell’s...

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2-23-2022 – Bridgewell Expands Behavioral Health Services in the Merrimack Valley

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Bridgewell Expands Behavioral Health Services in the Merrimack Valley New Clinic to be Called Bridgewell Counseling Services (BCS), Amesbury Amesbury – The Merrimack Valley will gain a new behavioral health clinic as of March 1, 2022 according to Bridgewell, a nonprofit organization that provides human services across eastern Massachusetts. Located at 24 Morrill Place, Amesbury, Massachusetts the clinic will be...

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Bridgewell Welcomes Jennifer Burzyk as Nurse Practitioner

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Bridgewell Welcomes Jennifer Burzyk as Nurse Practitioner PEABODY, Mass, September 22 – Bridgewell, a local nonprofit providing social and human services empowering people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Burzyk, APRN as Nurse Practitioner for Bridgewell Counseling Services in Lowell, MA. As a family nurse practitioner and a...

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New Grant Award Expands Services for Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caretakers

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

MERRIMACK VALLEY – Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore (ESMV-NS) was one of only a dozen organizations in the country and the only one in the Commonwealth to receive a new Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative grant from the federal Administration for Community Living. The award is for a total of $854,147 over a three-year project period. ESMV-NS...

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July 16, 2020 – Email to Parents & Guardians

Thursday, July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020 Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope this email finds you and your family well and enjoying the summer. I recently joined Bridgewell as its Vice President, Day Habilitation & Community Engagement and I am delighted to be here. Now that Massachusetts has entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan, one Bridgewell day habilitation program and some aspects...

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For those with disabilities, a way to keep connected.

Friday, July 10, 2020

With the threat of COVID-19 escalating in mid-March, Patty McLaughlin was confronted with a decision: either move her 28-year-old daughter, Kara, back with the family in Peabody, or suspend visits to Kara’s Topsfield group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Three days later, McLaughlin returned for her daughter. Little did anyone know at the time that the residential home operated...

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June 5, 2020 – CEO Email to Parents & Guardians

Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020 Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope this email finds you and your family well. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on new protocols that will be in place for our Day Habilitation Programs and residential program visitations when they resume operations. Residential Program Visitations: Currently, we have not received any new information from the...

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Human services CEO says workers deserve hazard pay

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PEABODY — The head of one of the area’s largest human services providers said his agency is in danger of losing workers because they are being denied hazard pay. Bridgewell CEO Chris Tuttle said his front-line workers have been demoralized after the state agreed last week to give hazard pay to human services workers that are employed by the state....

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Emergency relief needed immediately to protect thousands of vulnerable individuals

Friday, March 27, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of four human services trade associations today called on the Administration and the Legislature to provide “immediate emergency relief” to the community-based human services sector that cares for one-in-ten state residents.  Click here for advocacy talking points. The sector, which contains nearly 180,000 jobs across the Commonwealth, is “on the precipice of collapse without aggressive action from state government,” noted the leaders...

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Editorial: Pride and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Monday, June 17, 2019

Tuesday June 18 is Autistic Pride Day and every April, thanks to National Autism Awareness Month, there’s a renewed sense of support for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those who’ve worked tirelessly to foster environments of inclusion and self-determination for all. Yet, when Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, so too does much of the focus...

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Business Brief

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Christopher Tuttle has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Bridgewell,  a Peabody-based nonprofit that works with people with disabilities. Tuttle has been serving as interim president and chief executive officer of Bridgewell over the last few months. His appointment is effective immediately.

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2-27-2019 Press Release

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Bridgewell Appoints Christopher Tuttle as Chief Executive Officer Peabody, Mass. – February 27, 2019 – Bridgewell, a local nonprofit providing social and human services empowering people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, today announced its board of directors has appointed Christopher Tuttle as president & chief executive officer, effective immediately. Tuttle has served...

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2-15-2019 Press Release

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bridgewell to Honor Late President & CEO Kelly J. Martin at 2019 Imagine the Possibilities Gala WCVB’s Katie Thompson to emcee annual fundraising event at Fairmont Copley Plaza Peabody, Mass. – Feb. 2019 – Bridgewell, a local nonprofit providing social and human services empowering people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, will host its...

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1-15-2019 Press Release

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Recovery Coach Program Expands to NSMC Salem Hospital Bridgewell and North Shore Medical Center partner to provide 24/7 support for patients experiencing an overdose Peabody, Mass. – December, 2018 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit that provides social and human services, and North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), the largest medical provider on the North Shore, are pleased to announce the expansion of...

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12-13-18 Press Release

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development Announces 2019 Workshops Expanded Curriculum Offers Enhanced Training on New and Trending Topics Peabody, Mass. – Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development (CPD), known for its informative, skill-oriented seminars and consultation services, today announced details of the curriculum offered beginning in January 2019. Previously known as the Center for Professional Innovation, the CPD is a Massachusetts-based,...

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9-25-2018 Press Release

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bridgewell Receives $25,000 Naming Gift from the Kayem Foundation Funds will be used to refurbish the sensory room at Bridgewell’s Boston Street Day Habilitation Center PEABODY, Mass. – (September 2018) – Bridgewell, a nonprofit providing social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, today announced it received a...

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8-22-18 Press Release

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bridgewell Mourns Loss of CEO Kelly J. Martin Peabody, Mass. – August 20, 2018 – It is with great sadness that Bridgewell announces the death of its president and CEO Kelly J. Martin. Ms. Martin passed away peacefully on August 18. “Bridgewell has lost a true visionary and leader, and the community has lost an amazing person,” said Robin Sutherland,...

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Press Release – 3-1-2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bridgewell Celebrates 60th Anniversary as Community Leader Massachusetts-based nonprofit sets the standard for social and human services in New England   Peabody, Mass. – Bridgewell, a nonprofit that provides social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, kicked off an important milestone in January: its 60th anniversary. For...

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8-14-2018 Press Release

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bridgewell Receives Grant from The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Peabody, Mass. –  Bridgewell, a nonprofit providing social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, is pleased to announce that it has received a $4,488 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism’s Allison Keller Education Technology Program. The...

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7-25-2018 Press Release

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bridgewell Announces Addition of Two New Nurse Prescribers Peabody, Mass. – July 25, 2018 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit providing social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, today announced the addition of two nurse prescribers to its team of clinicians. Carine Luxama, PMHNP-BC and Karin O’Brien, APRN, will enhance...

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9-22-2017 Press Release

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 Bridgewell Presents Building Bridges: Autism Journey into Adulthood Day-long conference to be held at Sheraton Framingham on Friday, September 22 Peabody, Mass. – September 22, 2017 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Peabody dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, will host Building Bridges: Autism Journey into Adulthood, a day-long...

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Press Release – 9-11-2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bridgewell Names Kelly J. Martin Chief Executive Officer Peabody, Mass. – September 11, 2017 – Bridgewell, a Peabody-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kelly J. Martin as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Martin had been serving as Bridgewell’s...

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Press Release 9-6-2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bridgewell Opens Doors of Billerica Program for Young Adults with Autism Rosewood Day Services provides technology, physical fitness, community integration, functional academics and volunteer opportunities   Peabody, Mass. – September 6, 2017 – In response to increasing demand around opportunities for young autistic adults who have aged out of public school services beginning at age 22 to learn, grow and...

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Press Release – 3-30-2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bridgewell Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation  Distinguished Accreditation Is the Highest Level of Certification That Can Be Given to An Organization; Functional Assessment Tool for Aging Cited as Potential National Model Lynnfield, Mass. – March 30, 2017 –Bridgewell, a Lynnfield based nonprofit dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, has once again...

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Press Release – 3-22-2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bridgewell Appoints Erin Kennedy as Nurse Prescriber Position to Help Ease High Demand for Pediatric Psychiatric Providers Lynnfield, Mass. – March 22, 2017 – Bridgewell, a Lynnfield based nonprofit dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Kennedy as a nurse prescriber in its...

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3.16.17 – Press Release

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bridgewell Honors Gordon College’s Tyler Blake with Champion Award Award recognizes outstanding partners who help individuals with disabilities feel valued and appreciated as members of the workforce Wenham, Mass. – March 16, 2017 – Bridgewell, a Lynnfield based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, has awarded Tyler Blake...

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2.15.17 – Press Release

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bridgewell Uses MassDevelopment Bond to Renovate New Headquarters in Peabody MassDevelopment has issued a $25,505,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Bridgewell Inc., a Lynnfield service organization that provides support to adults with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges. The organization is using a portion of bond proceeds to renovate a building at 10 Dearborn Road in Peabody...

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3.7.2017 – Press Release

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bridgewell Receives $189,728 for Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Support Services from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation Grant Will Fund the New “Bridges to Family Success” Program Lynnfield, Mass. – March 07, 2017 – Bridgewell, a Lynnfield based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, has received a three-year,...

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