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Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year

June 14, 2024 10:56 am Published by Comments Off on Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year

Bridgewell was selected as the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce’s INCredible Awards “Nonprofit of the Year,” sponsored by North Shore Bank. Congratulations to the team at Lifebridge for also being nominated – we are proud to be in such great company. Bridgewell’s Chief Development & Marketing Officer Erik Langhoff, Chief Operating Office Elaine White and Institutional Giving Manager Brad Gosselin...


2024 Employee Appreciation Day

June 11, 2024 11:43 am Published by Comments Off on 2024 Employee Appreciation Day

Last month, Bridgewell held an Employee Appreciation Day to celebrate our employees and their families! Bridgewell’s Employee Appreciation Day celebration was held outside our Rosewood Day program in Danvers. Despite being a rainy day, everyone enjoyed food from Code 1 BBQ, Kowloon’s and Vibe Food Truck, plus an ice cream truck. “We are so proud of the difference our employees...


Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Team – Spring Season 2024

June 10, 2024 11:25 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Team – Spring Season 2024

At both the regional meet in May and the state meet in June, the Bridgewell athletes did very well – their hard work, dedication, and perseverance have clearly paid off. Thank you to all the coaches who volunteer their time to work with our athletes. Congrats to all the athletes!


Growing Gardens with Kinship Farm

June 10, 2024 10:21 am Published by Comments Off on Growing Gardens with Kinship Farm

Bridgewell is going green!  Wooden garden beds were built at three of our residential programs in Danvers, Lynn, and Beverly in partnership with Kinship Farm. Big thank you to Coast of Maine Organic Products, Inc. for donating soil as part of their Growing Good and Growing Goodwill programs and thank you to Mass Hydroponics and Essex County Co-Op for delivering...


Gemstones and More!

May 14, 2024 1:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Gemstones and More!

Busy weekends! Bridgewell residents are always finding fun things to do on the weekends out and about in our community. Bill, Chad, Eric and Julie explored the New England Gem & Mineral Show at the Topsfield Fairgrounds earlier this month. They enjoyed seeing the exhibits, visiting a number of vendors, watching how geodes are cut, and spinning the wheel to...


National Nurses Week 2024: Celebrating the Excellence and Importance of Nurses

May 9, 2024 9:12 am Published by Comments Off on National Nurses Week 2024: Celebrating the Excellence and Importance of Nurses

Nurses at Bridgewell are dedicated to providing high-quality care to people in our services, focused on seamless coordination between multidisciplinary teams, including primary care providers and state agencies. With it being National Nurses Week, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our nursing team, for the excellent care they provide to the entire Bridgewell community! “Our goal at...


Northeast Arc Welcomes Bridgewell Artists at Spring Vendor Market at Liberty Tree Mall

May 8, 2024 9:55 am Published by Comments Off on Northeast Arc Welcomes Bridgewell Artists at Spring Vendor Market at Liberty Tree Mall

On Saturday, April 27, the Northeast Arc hosted a Spring Vendor Market at Liberty Tree Mall with many local artists including two of Bridgewell’s own artists, Jaime and Tom! The market featured artists and entrepreneurs with disabilities or autism selling their products and unique handcrafted items. When speaking about his art, Tom told us how he uses his passion for...


Earth Day Celebrations at Bridgewell’s Family Support Center!

April 26, 2024 10:33 am Published by Comments Off on Earth Day Celebrations at Bridgewell’s Family Support Center!

Earlier this month, Bridgewell’s Family Support Center hosted a Family Earth Day Event! Projects included painting pottery and planting a seed to take home! Plus planting flowers for a new flower bed at the Family Support Center. Click here to learn more about Bridgewell’s Family Support Center!


Bridgewell Rosewood Cooks Some Cheesy Treats for a Good Cause

April 25, 2024 1:29 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Rosewood Cooks Some Cheesy Treats for a Good Cause

Volunteering is a wonderful way for our program participants to engage with our communities while also building important life skills. Over the past 3 months, participants from the Rosewood day programs in Danvers have been averaging over 80 volunteer hours each month. Recently, Rosewood recruited day program volunteers to cook lasagnas for Lasagna Love, a global non-profit that delivers home-cooked...


Community Engagement: Bridgewell Recreation Program

April 18, 2024 1:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Community Engagement: Bridgewell Recreation Program

Bridgewell values the safety and wellness of people in our care. Thanks to Bridgewell’s Recreation Program, our staff have been able to incorporate those values into our community through fun and engaging events. Bridgewell’s recreation team plans and scheduled outings and fun events at a Bridgewell day program or out in the community on a weekly basis. Whether it’s a...


2024 Caring Force Rally

April 17, 2024 1:08 pm Published by Comments Off on 2024 Caring Force Rally

Our very first regional #CaringForceRally was a huge success! Over 200 people rallied to speak about the workforce crisis and low wages in the sector. Bridgewell, worked with other partners Centerboard, Incompass Human Services, Justice Resource Institute, The Key Program Inc., NFI Massachusetts, Inc., Northeast Arc, Plummer Youth Promise, Vinfen, and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network hosted the event!...


Shine On!

March 21, 2024 10:23 am Published by Comments Off on Shine On!

Off the heels of the Night to Shine Dance, North Shore Community Baptist Church hosted “Shine On” with Curious Creatures earlier this month. Shine On, a ministry of the Tim Tebow Foundation, equips the global Church and families living with disabilities with innovative resources, training, and program to eliminate barriers and cultivate life-giving community.  


2024 Polar Plunge for Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Team!

March 20, 2024 9:43 am Published by Comments Off on 2024 Polar Plunge for Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Team!

Bridgewell’s Polar Plunge Team is  plunging and fundraising for the Special Olympics! The plunge takes place in March and it will be a fun way to make a difference for our Team Bridgewell athletes. Below is the link to register, or if you’re not into jumping into the cold ocean, please donate! THIS, Saturday, March 23rd Click here for more...


Bridgewell Hires O’Keefe to Direct Family Support Center

March 13, 2024 12:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Hires O’Keefe to Direct Family Support Center

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...


2024 Visionary Leadership Award

February 21, 2024 10:24 am Published by Comments Off on 2024 Visionary Leadership Award

Bridgewell will present Assistant Training Director Gary LaPierre with the Visionary Leadership Award for his contributions to the organization and its employees during his tenure.  LaPierre has worked at Bridgewell, which recently celebrated its 65th anniversary, for 43 years and is retiring this spring. “The impact that Gary LaPierre has made on our employees and our organization is truly exceptional,”...


2024 Excellence in Service Award

February 21, 2024 10:07 am Published by Comments Off on 2024 Excellence in Service Award

The Rubin family of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture will be the Excellence in Service honoree at the 2024 Imagine the Possibilities Gala, for their commitment to nonprofit organizations that support positive outcomes for children and families. The Excellence in Service Award recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding support of Bridgewell, a community or a social cause. It is...


Bridgewell to Honor Difference Makers  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala

February 21, 2024 9:33 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell to Honor Difference Makers  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala

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...


2024 Night to Shine

February 20, 2024 1:51 pm Published by Comments Off on 2024 Night to Shine

Bridgewell residents, day program participants and staff attended this year’s Night to Shine at North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly earlier this month. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. “It was a Night to Shine in Beverly,”...


Mental Health Advocacy Alert: We Need Your Help

January 24, 2024 11:31 am Published by Comments Off on Mental Health Advocacy Alert: We Need Your Help

Action Alert: We Need Your Help Through the support of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Bridgewell needs your help! Advocates have been working hard to pass legislation in Massachusetts (S. 760/ H. 2006) to increase reimbursement rates to mental health clinics. These bills are before the legislature’s Health Care Finance Committee and its Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee....


2023 Champion Award

December 11, 2023 10:08 am Published by Comments Off on 2023 Champion Award

Bridgewell is pleased to present the 2023 Champion Award to Matthew Rosa owner of Captain Pizza in Middleton. “People like Rosa and places like Captain Pizza are champions because they recognize the potential in individuals with disabilities and give them the chance to work,” said Bridgewell President and CEO Christopher Tuttle. “What they quickly find out is that they have...


Fall 2023 Leadership Training

December 4, 2023 1:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Fall 2023 Leadership Training

Bridgewell’s Training Department has been offering a Leadership Skills Training to managers, supervisors, and directors for over 25 years. This fall, another group of managers completed the course. Known as “Sups Skills,” this course has been organized and facilitated by our Assistant Director of Training Gary LaPierre, Staff Developers and a panel of Senior Leaders. The participants attended informative, interactive,...


Celebrating with Housemates

December 4, 2023 10:44 am Published by Comments Off on Celebrating with Housemates

When you live in a Bridgewell residence, your housemates and the people who work in your home, become extended family. Chelmsford residents Casey, Melissa and Tarina worked on Thanksgiving crafts, decorated for Christmas and celebrated Melissa’s birthday in the past few weeks.


Holiday Happenings at Brooksby Farm

December 4, 2023 10:10 am Published by Comments Off on Holiday Happenings at Brooksby Farm

Bridgewell residents Bill, Chad, Eric, Ted and Todd went to Brooksby Farms in Peabody on Saturday and enjoyed feeding the farm animals, meeting Mrs. Claus, and shopping in the farm’s store before heading out for lunch at Friendly’s.


Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group for a Meet and Greet

November 22, 2023 10:32 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group for a Meet and Greet

Join Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group for a Meet and Greet! This evening is an opportunity to mingle with other families and Bridgewell staff from day and residential programs and members of Bridgewell’s administration. We will have several programs highlighting their outstanding work. Thursday, December 7, 2023 Bridgewell’s Rosewood Day Program 199 Rosewood Dr., Suite 110, Danvers MA 5:30 pm to...


Halloween at Bridgewell Day Programs!

November 2, 2023 12:20 pm Published by Comments Off on Halloween at Bridgewell Day Programs!

Halloween is always a favorite at Bridgewell’s Day Programs. Each program had its own spin on celebrating: games, karaoke, dance parties and of course, special treats and cookies!


3rd Annual Spookyway

October 30, 2023 12:56 pm Published by Comments Off on 3rd Annual Spookyway

Watch out for zombies and ghouls at Bridgewell’s Roseway Day Habilitation Program! Once again, the day program has turned into the Spooky Way! Program participants and staff have transformed our peaceful day program into a spooky, haunted spot! Many members of the Bridgewell community have gone through, including Bridgewell’s leadership team – and they will never be the same. This...


Harvest Festival at Bridgewell’s Lotus House

October 30, 2023 9:53 am Published by Comments Off on Harvest Festival at Bridgewell’s Lotus House

This October, the families at Bridgewell’s Lotus House celebrated the season and harvest time together! Bridgewell’s Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program supports women and their children who are transitioning out of substance use disorder treatment programs. The program supports them in building independent living skills, healthy relationships, and connections in the community, to reduce substance use relapse. The goal...


Cultural Day at Bridgewell’s KJM Center

October 24, 2023 11:56 am Published by Comments Off on Cultural Day at Bridgewell’s KJM Center

Earlier this month, Bridgewell’s KJM Day Center hosted a Cultural Day, organized by Program Manager Nawfal Mabrouk. It was a great time celebrating diversity and culture while exploring food and music from around the world.


Q&A with Peg Ricardo, Family Support Center Case Manager

October 19, 2023 1:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Q&A with Peg Ricardo, Family Support Center Case Manager

Peg Ricardo has been a case manager with Bridgewell’s Family Support Center in Lynn since 2021, after several years in a similar position with another provider.  She had also previously worked in financial services, and is a mother of a child with disabilities.  We asked Peg a few questions about her work. Who is served by Bridgewell’s Family Support Center?...


Healing Addiction Through Art

October 13, 2023 12:27 pm Published by Comments Off on Healing Addiction Through Art

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...


Recovery Community Events

October 11, 2023 12:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Recovery Community Events

The residents at Bridgewell’s Recovery Housing programs attended multiple fairs, celebrations, and events, from Boston to Stoneham, to celebrate Recovery Month. Why attend recovery-focused events? These events allow those in recovery to gather with a community of people who understand their personal experiences, they provide opportunities to build new friendships and help others, and they can also help to redefine...


2023 “Kicking Addiction” Kickball Tournament Fundraiser

October 3, 2023 10:04 am Published by Comments Off on 2023 “Kicking Addiction” Kickball Tournament Fundraiser

Bridgewell’s Johnson Street, Women’s Program attended the 8th Annual “Kicking Addiction” Kickball Tournament Fundraiser at Tufts Park in South Medford organized by Medford Overcoming Addiction in memory of Michael Phillips. All funds collected through this tournament go to a scholarship fund for men and women in early recovery to gain access to support services and healthy living arrangements, such as...


2023 DSP Sensitivity Training

September 26, 2023 12:14 pm Published by Comments Off on 2023 DSP Sensitivity Training

During the 2023 Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, Bridgewell’s Training Department hosted its annual Direct Support Professional Sensitivity Training. The training covers the history of the direct support professional from the times of institutionalization to now. Staff take a deep look at the job and different aspects of the work and community they serve, with the whole training being an...


Bridgewell Residents Take Scenic Railroad Trip

September 13, 2023 1:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Residents Take Scenic Railroad Trip

Bridgewell residents Bill, Lynne, Eric and Rob enjoyed a 1.5 hour trip on the scenic Hobo Railroad earlier this month, departing from the Lincoln NH Depot. Conductor Mike was very welcoming and made the ride enjoyable for all onboard. Later in the month, a second group of residents boarded the Hobo Railroad. Arianna, Lisa, Robbie, Chad and Bill (again!) enjoyed the scenic...


Not Your Average Joe’s Charitable Dining – September 14!

September 5, 2023 10:54 am Published by Comments Off on Not Your Average Joe’s Charitable Dining – September 14!

Bridgewell has been selected by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce as Nonprofit of the Month in September! As part of the month-long activities, PACC will send out emails, press releases and sponsor a digital billboard promoting the Bridgewell mission. Not Your Average Joe’s in Peabody is hosting a Dining Night for Bridgewell on Thursday, September 14! Not Your Average Joe’s...


Annual Camp Days

August 29, 2023 3:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Annual Camp Days

Bridgewell residents participated in a Camp Day at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover organized by Bridgewell’s Supervisor of Clinical Support Services Laurel Ciavarri. This is an annual tradition since 2016 and keeps growing to more residential programs. This year, seven residential programs attended in the course of two days. Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch and made s’mores over a...


Celebrating Disability Pride Month and National Ice Cream Month with SharkNinja

August 23, 2023 3:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Celebrating Disability Pride Month and National Ice Cream Month with SharkNinja

Bridgewell and SharkNinja celebrated Disability Pride Month and National Ice Cream Month with an ice cream social for 100 participants and staff at the Kelly J. Martin Day Center in Lynn. Volunteers from Needham-based SharkNinja’s diversity, equity and inclusion group made and served homemade ice cream during the event, using several of their Ninja CREAMi™ ice cream makers. The celebration...


Summer 2023 Leadership Training

August 23, 2023 12:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Summer 2023 Leadership Training

Bridgewell’s Training Department has been offering a Leadership Skills Training to managers, supervisors and directors for over 25 years. This summer, another group of managers completed the course. Known as “Sups Skills,” this course has been organized and facilitated by our Assistant Director of Training Gary LaPierre, Staff Developers  and a panel of Senior Leaders. The participants attended six informative,...


Whale Watching Trip

August 9, 2023 10:26 am Published by Comments Off on Whale Watching Trip

Whale, whale, whale, what have we got here? Another fun excursion for Bridgewell residents! This experience was made possible thanks to the generosity of donors who contributed to Bridgewell’s Fund a Need appeal.


Cruising into Recovery

July 26, 2023 12:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Cruising into Recovery

Earlier this month, participants from Bridgewell’s Johnson Street Women’s Program, including a recent graduate of the program, went on a lunch cruise around Boston Harbor aboard the Hornblower Sensation. This was made possible due to the generosity of those who contributed to Bridgewell’s Fund-a-Need appeal. Why a harbor cruise? Experiences like this lunch cruise give the women opportunities to learn...


Legoland Visit

July 19, 2023 2:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Legoland Visit

Bridgewell residents took a trip to Legoland Discovery Center Boston earlier this summer and had a wonderful time. This trip was funded by the Fund a Need Auction Donations. It was everyone’s first time!


Wheelchair Training 2023

July 10, 2023 12:51 pm Published by Comments Off on Wheelchair Training 2023

Each year, Bridgewell’s Training Department undergoes an organization-wide wheelchair securement training! Over 875 people have been trained this year, with new employees completing the training during orientation. The safety of the people we serve is paramount in our work and Bridgewell formalized and standardized this training. The training includes a video and both online and in-person lessons to provide a...


Rosewood Drive Day Program’s Independence Day BBQ!

July 10, 2023 11:59 am Published by Comments Off on Rosewood Drive Day Program’s Independence Day BBQ!

Rosewood Drive held a cookout last Thursday to celebrate Independence Day.  Huge thank you to the Rosewood staff who made this an amazing turnout.  After the cookout, everyone ended the day with making ice-cream sundaes. What better way to kick off summer than BBQ and ice cream!


Zach Cheers on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway!

July 6, 2023 11:26 am Published by Comments Off on Zach Cheers on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway!

Bridgewell resident Zach Z attended his first Boston Red Sox game earlier this week at Fenway! Tickets were purchased through Bridgewell’s Fund a Need Appeal. Do you think he had fun? His smile says absolutely. Thank you to our generous donors for their support in making these dreams come true! ⚾❤️💙🤍


Bridgewell Summer & Spring Special Olympics

June 15, 2023 12:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Summer & Spring Special Olympics

Team Bridgewell shined in the Track and Field events at the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games earlier this month at Harvard University. Congrats, Team Bridgewell and thank you to all our coaches and athletes! Medal Count: 11 – Gold 8 – Silver 4 – Bronze 5 – 4th 2 – 5th 2 – 6th Enjoy these photos below from the...


June 15 – Family Engagement Group Meeting!

May 22, 2023 10:25 am Published by Comments Off on June 15 – Family Engagement Group Meeting!

Join us for our next Family Engagement Group Meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2023! Where: Bridgewell, 10 Dearborn Road, Peabody, MA 01960 When: 5:00 to 7:00 PM 5:00-5:30pm – Networking 5:30-7:00pm – Meeting Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group provides an opportunity to collaborate and create a forum for communication to support people receiving services achieve their fullest potential. For more information and to...


Everyday Hero: Lina’s Story

May 18, 2023 1:05 pm Published by Comments Off on Everyday Hero: Lina’s Story

 There was once a beautiful little girl, she had a smile that lit up the room, so genuine and so sweet. She had all the greatest hopes and dreams in life, she imagined that life was going to be good. She loved to make people laugh and she loved her parents so much. She would crawl into their bed...


Go Team Bridgewell – Special Olympics Update

May 16, 2023 12:58 pm Published by Comments Off on Go Team Bridgewell – Special Olympics Update

Team Bridgewell attended the Special Olympics Massachusetts Track and Field qualifying round this past weekend for the summer games at Essex Tech in Danvers. Our team had a great day and overall got 25 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 5 bronze medals!


Mother’s Day at Lotus House

May 16, 2023 10:25 am Published by Comments Off on Mother’s Day at Lotus House

Residents at Bridgewell’s Lotus House celebrated the program’s first Mother’s Day with a brunch and tie-dye project. This program enables mothers to develop independent living skills and fosters bonding and attachment between mothers and children. Please join us in applauding these incredible women for their dedication to recovery and parenting. Thank you to all women who have been our teachers,...


Bridgewell’s Family Support Center Latino Social Fiesta

May 8, 2023 12:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell’s Family Support Center Latino Social Fiesta

Bridgewell’s Family Support Center hosted a Latino Social Fiesta at Centerboard in Lynn on May 4. The event included an evening of music, dancing, and food catered by Estefani’s Restaurant. A fun evening of connecting the Latino community and learning more about local resources. Learn more about Bridgewell’s Family Support Center.  


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

May 2, 2023 9:35 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell’s Imagine the Possibilities Gala raises $320,000 to support critical community services

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....


2023 Special Olympics Polar Plunge for Team Bridgewell

March 21, 2023 10:42 am Published by Comments Off on 2023 Special Olympics Polar Plunge for Team Bridgewell

Team Bridgewell will be taking the plunge on Saturday March 25th, 2023 at Revere Beach!! The forecast for Saturday is a high of 42 degrees! That’s a great plunge temperature! Don’t want to plunge but still want a cool t-shirt? Register as a member of Team Bridgewell as a Towel Holder and raise $100 in donations.  The shirt can be...


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

March 16, 2023 1:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

 Bridgewell’s KJM Day Program in Lynn hosted all of Bridgewell’s Day Programs from Billerica to Danvers for a fun Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Projects included sensory bins to find gold coins and shamrocks, art projects, green soda and Irish music! Bridgewell wishes you the best of luck and happiness this St. Patrick’s Day!


Bridgewell Awarded CARF International Three-Year Accreditation

March 7, 2023 2:14 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Awarded CARF International Three-Year Accreditation

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...


What happens at Bridgewell’s Employment Programs!?

March 7, 2023 11:06 am Published by Comments Off on What happens at Bridgewell’s Employment Programs!?

When not working at employment partners like Beverly Meals on Wheels or Captain Pizza, participants review skills and trainings at Bridgewell’s Employment Support program. Last week, the group worked on expectations and skills of working in the fast food industry including, completing an application, dressing to impress and more!  


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

February 28, 2023 2:35 pm Published by Comments Off on 2-28-23 Bridgewell to Honor Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett  at Imagine the Possibilities Gala

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...


Family Engagement Group Meeting!

February 22, 2023 9:37 am Published by Comments Off on Family Engagement Group Meeting!

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT GROUP WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2023 BRIDGEWELL 10 Dearborn Rd. Peabody, MA 01960 5:00p-5:30pm – Networking 5:30pm-7:00pm – Meeting For more information and to RSVP contact Mike Cotter at 339-883-2120 or mcotter@bridgewell.org Please RSVP by March 20th, 2023. Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group provides an opportunity to collaborate and create a forum for communication to support people receiving services achieve...


2023 Imagine the Possibilities Gala Honoree: Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

February 21, 2023 9:51 am Published by Comments Off on 2023 Imagine the Possibilities Gala Honoree: Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Bridgewell is pleased to announce this year’s Imagine the Possibilities Gala Honoree: Former Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Mr. Blodgett will be presented Bridgewell’s 2023 Visionary Leadership Award at our annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala on Friday, April 28 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront in Boston. Bridgewell’s Visionary Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding individual for excellence to a...


Valentine’s Day 2023

February 16, 2023 12:14 pm Published by Comments Off on Valentine’s Day 2023

Valentine’s from our friends at the New England Academy in Beverly were distributed to Bridgewell’s Employment Program! Homemade cupcakes by Nurse Courtney for the Roseway Day Program in honor of Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day Paper Chain made (with love) by people at our Day Program is now on display at the Bridgewell Headquarters! Just a few fun projects shared with...


Bridgewell Announces Addition of Jessica Almeida to Key Leadership Role

February 15, 2023 11:25 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Announces Addition of Jessica Almeida to Key Leadership Role

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....


Leadership Skills Class – February 2023

February 8, 2023 3:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Leadership Skills Class – February 2023

For 25 years, Bridgewell’s Training Department has been offering a Leadership Skills Training to managers, supervisors and directors. Known as “Sups Skills,” this course has been organized and facilitated by our Assistant Director of Training Gary LaPierre, Staff Developers  and a panel of Senior Leaders. Congrats to this session’s class: Lina Abdalla, Clinical Director Duane Carbone, Residential Manager Courtney Freeman,...


Congratulations, Rob!

January 31, 2023 3:22 pm Published by Comments Off on Congratulations, Rob!

During the past two years, Bridgewell resident Rob has been working at Brightview Assisted Living. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Rob was working and making sure he was helping in anyway he could. On January 25, Rob received an Star of the Year award from his employer, Brightview Assisted Living in Danvers. Rob is supported at his job...


2023 Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program Open House

January 31, 2023 2:09 pm Published by Comments Off on 2023 Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program Open House

Last week, Bridgewell held a small open house at our new program in Lynn. Thank you to Rep. Dan Cahill and Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson for joining us at our open house for Bridgewell’s new Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program! Thank you to Luis from Senator Brendan Crighton‘s office and Caroline from Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s office for attending, and...


Bridgewell Strategic Planning

January 31, 2023 10:23 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Strategic Planning

As one of the largest human service organizations in Massachusetts, Bridgewell is focused on the needs of our community and how to adapt, change and grow to better fit those ever-changing needs. With this in mind, Bridgewell is embarking on a three-year strategic planning process. Working with Imbue Partners, the strategic planning committee has identified three main goals for our...


Bridgewell’s Lotus House in Lynn To Fill Critical Gap in Supportive Family Housing

January 4, 2023 10:39 am Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell’s Lotus House in Lynn To Fill Critical Gap in Supportive Family Housing

This month, Bridgewell opened its Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program in Lynn expanding on its recovery and housing services in the area. Bridgewell’s Lotus House will support women and their children who are transitioning out of substance use disorder treatment programs. The program will support them in building independent living skills, healthy relationships, and connections in the community, to...


Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome

January 3, 2023 12:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome

Did you know that people with Down Syndrome are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia than those without it? Approximately 50% of people with Down Syndrome aged 60+ have Alzheimer’s or dementia, compared to 10% of people without Down Syndrome aged 60+.  However, it is more difficult to recognize Alzheimer’s or dementia in people with Down Syndrome, and as...


Mikey and Momo Volunteering at StrongWater Farm

January 2, 2023 1:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Mikey and Momo Volunteering at StrongWater Farm

Mikey C and Momo M from Rosewood III Community Based Day Supports Program have been volunteering at StrongWater Farm in Tewksbury. Both love working there and are extremely hard workers. It’s a beautiful farm with horses and has plenty of jobs to do! Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) provides a variety of community and center-based experiences to develop and improve...


2022 Satisfaction Survey

December 14, 2022 3:43 pm Published by Comments Off on 2022 Satisfaction Survey

Bridgewell’s satisfaction survey for families and guardians of people in our services, as well as for people we do business with, such as our funding and referral sources, is now live. We value your feedback and want your perspective. Please note: Printed surveys will not be mailed this year, so please submit your feedback electronically. Survey Link.


Employment Support and ServSafe Certifications

December 10, 2022 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Employment Support and ServSafe Certifications

Two Bridgewell employees and 10 people from Bridgewell’s Employment Support program recently participated in a ServSafe certification course with ServSafe instructor Grace LePage. Having this certification opens up more employment opportunities for those in our services. “This is a great example of how Bridgewell’s Employment Support program opens up doors for people with disabilities in the workforce,” said Milena Sarrette,...


Leadership Skills 2022 Fall Class

December 8, 2022 9:57 am Published by Comments Off on Leadership Skills 2022 Fall Class

For 25 years, Bridgewell’s Training Department has been offering a Leadership Skills Training to managers, supervisors and directors. Known as “Sups Skills,” this course has been organized and facilitated by our Assistant Director of Training Gary LaPierre, Staff Developers  and a panel of Senior Leaders. Congrats to this year’s class: Leticia Coronado, Residential Manager Tom Corser, Residential Manager Patrick Foley,...


Thanksgiving Celebrations at Bridgewell!

December 7, 2022 4:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Thanksgiving Celebrations at Bridgewell!

While Christmas is around the corner, it’s nice to look back at our Thanksgiving celebrations! Some had traditional Thanksgiving menu with turkey, mashed potatoes and other season fixings while others voted on Chinese Food and Hoodsies ice cream cups! Pictured below are a few celebrations from Bridgewell’s Lowell Adult Day Treatment program, Roseway Day Program in Danvers and Employment Supports...


Bridgewell Meets Bret Hart

November 7, 2022 1:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewell Meets Bret Hart

The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be   Eric, Rob and Chad attended a meet and greet at Sportsworld in Saugus and were thrilled to get the opportunity to meet WWE wrestler Bret Hart. They were accompanied by Residential Manager Cesar Echeverria, and enjoyed brunch at Andy’s in Lynn after the event.  


Rosewood III Visits Parlee!

November 2, 2022 2:19 pm Published by Comments Off on Rosewood III Visits Parlee!

Bridgewell’s Rosewood III visited Parlee Farms in Tyngsborough. They participated in so many fun activities including a hay ride, apple picking and a delicious lunch! Everyone was happy to be there enjoying beautiful fall weather.


Family Engagement Group – Meeting Opportunity!

November 2, 2022 1:30 pm Published by Comments Off on Family Engagement Group – Meeting Opportunity!

Join Human Rights Coordinator Mike Cotter and other members of the Bridgewell community to share your experience and thoughts to improve the experience of people in Bridgewell’s care and their families. Bridgewell’s Family Engagement Group provides an opportunity to collaborate and create a forum for communication to support people receiving services achieve their fullest potential. Family Engagement Group Wednesday, December...


Connie Meets General Hospital Stars

November 1, 2022 10:24 am Published by Comments Off on Connie Meets General Hospital Stars

Bridgewell resident Connie loves General Hospital. Finally after being postponed since 2020 due to the pandemic, she was able to attend the General Hospital Meet and Greet last month with staff Edna Charles. She asked the panel questions and thoroughly enjoyed the day. This is not her first time at a General Hospital Meet and Greet – she went back...