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DDS Statewide Family Support Conference

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Bridgewell’s Director of Professional Development Kristen Janjar presented with her husband Rachid Janjar, at the annual DDS Statewide Family Support conference entitled “Making a Cultural Commitment: Bridging the Cultural and Linguistic Gaps” in September. The workshop was called the “Fostering a Cross-Cultural Understanding: Family Experiences,” which included a panel of six families talking about their experiences with the US system,...

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Q & A with Director of Community Engagement, Peter Wiese

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Share with us your background and what brought you to Bridgewell. I am originally from New York, but moved here in 1991. I met a girl in college, chased her to Massachusetts, married her, and we had two children. We live in Reading, MA. I’ve worked in human services since 2007, serving people all over the state, including Western MA,...

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Bridgewell Fathers’ Day Super Dad: Darren Goad

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

  As a result of his sons’ participation in a community program that provides quality housing, day programs, and other services to people with intellectual, developmental, psychiatric, and physical disabilities, Darren Goad was inspired to find a career in human services.  With his wife’s encouragement, Goad uses his experience as a father to navigate the human service field. “Family is...

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2022 Leadership Training Program

Thursday, April 21, 2022

For 25 years, Bridgewell’s Training Department has been offering a Leadership Training program to Managers, Supervisors and Directors. Known as “Sups Skills,” this course has been organized and facilitated by our Assistant Director of Training Gary LaPierre, our Staff Developer Michael Cotter and a panel of Senior Leaders. For over two decades, it has been modified to meet the needs...

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Inge Peters, Chief Human Resources Officer, is retiring from Bridgewell

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Inge Peters, our Chief Human Resources Officer, is retiring from Bridgewell this week! Inge has worked in human resources for more than 38 years, including work with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has led our human resources function, including recruitment, compensation and benefits, payroll, employee and union relations, safety, employee training, and Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development for more...

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Q & A with Director of Family and Community Services Shannon Kaiser

Friday, November 5, 2021

Shannon Kaiser has joined the Bridgewell team as Director of Family and Community Services! Shannon is a passionate advocate for all families and brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Tell us about your past experience and what brought you to Bridgewell? My proudest position to date is being a mother and wife.  My husband Bryan and I...

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Safe Living Expo 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

In June, over 100 employees and people in our care attended Bridgewell’s annual Safe Living Expo. Attendees were able to participate in hands on activities on a number of topics. At the skin safety table a representative of Cigna was present with a Dermascan machine where attendees where able to take a closer look at their skin.  Waltham Pest Control...

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2019 Urban Youth Collaborative Program

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bridgewell has 20 Urban Youth Collaborative Program interns this summer working in a variety of programs from day programs to residences. UYCP places young people from diverse backgrounds in residential, vocational and administrative settings to gain experience in human services. In addition to internship coordinators, peer leaders and DDS employees, DDS Commissioner Jane Ryder joined the group and encouraged the...

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Congrats to Residential Supervisor Stephanie Valente!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bridgewell Residential Supervisor Stephanie Valente recently completed the Providers’ Council Nonprofit Human Services Management Certificate Program at Suffolk University. This yearlong, graduate-level certificate program has been specifically designed for mid-career professionals in nonprofit organizations. It focuses on building skills that are necessary to excel in human services management. To learn more, click here. Stephanie, who had a wonderful experience with...

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2019 Rodger Hebert Quality of Care Award

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Geoff Knowlton, Clinician at Bridgewell Counseling Services was the recipient of the Rodger Hebert Quality of Care Award. The award was named after a loyal and devoted Bridgewell employee who had spent his career supporting people with disabilities. The award is presented to an employee who demonstrates the qualities that most defined Rodger’s commitment to people with disabilities. In the...

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2019 Gailanne Reeh Excellence in Care Award

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cheryl Southern, case manager at Bridgewell’s Recuperative Care Center, was presented with the Gailanne Reeh Excellence in Care Award. The award recognizes the compassion and quality of care an employee provides to individuals supported through Bridgewell services. Working at Bridgewell since 2018, her work involves supporting people who are in recovery – working to make them feel respected, valued and...

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Direct Support Professional Conference

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services hosted its Direct Support Professional Conference on November 5th & 6th in Cape Cod. The bi-annual conference, consists of two days of high quality learning for direct care staff with numerous workshops and presentations along with ample opportunity for sharing and networking with colleagues.  There were three plenary sessions, multiple break out session to choose from...

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2018 Employee Recognition Night

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bridgewell’s annual tradition continued this year with our Employee Recognition Night. This year, we celebrated employees reaching milestones ranging from 3 to 35 employment anniversaries, adding up to over 1,000 years of service. Close to 400 people attended including employees, Board of Directors and families and friends. Highest Service Award Recipients: 30 Years of Service – Wendy Kent, Director of Behavioral Health and Prevention...

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Bridgewell’s New COO: Chris Tuttle

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Chris Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Tuttle is responsible for the overall administration of programs and defined administrative services within Bridgewell. As part of this role, he oversees and provides strategic direction for operational activities in support of regulations, policies, goals and objectives, including maintaining the exceptional quality of Bridgewell’s services. Mr. Tuttle is actively involved in external activities that...

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New Year, New Changes

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Introducing Bridgewell’s New Director of Professional Development Kristen Janjar I love the opportunities afforded to us at this time of year! We get to be thankful for all we have, be merry in our celebrations and be hopeful about the possibilities for the future. Our work, however, can bring us into the lives of people that don’t always have these...

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2017 Holiday Giving Tree

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This year, Bridgewell staff created a Holiday Giving Tree for people in need in our services. Over 115 hand-made ornaments with gift requests were decorated by Bridgewell’s Boston Street Center. Thank you to all who made this possible – there were many elves involved at many levels so thank you!

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Program Director Sarah LePoer Receives Gunnar Dybwad Supporter Award

Monday, October 23, 2017

On Saturday October 14 at the MA Advocates Standing Strong Annual Conference held in Marlboro, Sarah LePoer was awarded the Gunnar Dybwad Supporter Award for the Northeast Region.  The Gunnar Dybwad Supporter Award is presented to a support staff who assists self-advocates in all aspects of the self-advocacy movement.  The supporter is a mentor, an exceptional listener, assists self-advocates in...

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Message from Bridgewell’s Board Chair

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Friends, I am delighted to inform you that the Board of Directors has enthusiastically voted to appoint Kelly J. Martin Chief Executive Officer of Bridgewell. Kelly has demonstrated over the last several months, along with her longstanding tenure, the qualities, skills and competencies needed to be successful as Bridgewell’s President and CEO. Kelly’s more than 30 year experience at...

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Provider’s Council Nonprofit Human Services Management Certificate Program

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Program Director Robert L. Gustison, II recently completed the Provider’s Council Nonprofit Human Services Management Certificate Program. This year-long, graduate-level certificate program has been specifically designed for mid-career professionals in nonprofit organizations. It focuses on building skills that are necessary to excel in human services management. To learn more, click here. Q& A with Program Director Robert L. Gustison, II...

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Ask the CEO

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Questions about Bridgewell? Certain programs? Policies? We’ve set up this form for staff to ask questions about the organization and will answer them in the CEO emails. [gravityform id=”13″ title=”false” description=”false”]   Please note: This form is for Bridgewell employees. If you are looking for information on a program or specific client questions, please click here.

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