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2024 Caring Force Rally

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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!...

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Shine On!

Thursday, March 21, 2024

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.  

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2024 Polar Plunge for Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Team!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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...

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2024 Visionary Leadership Award

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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,”...

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2024 Excellence in Service Award

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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...

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2024 Night to Shine

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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,”...

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Celebrating with Housemates

Monday, December 4, 2023

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.

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Holiday Happenings at Brooksby Farm

Monday, December 4, 2023

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.

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Halloween at Bridgewell Day Programs!

Thursday, November 2, 2023

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!

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3rd Annual Spookyway

Monday, October 30, 2023

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...

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Cultural Day at Bridgewell’s KJM Center

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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.

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Recovery Community Events

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

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...

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2023 “Kicking Addiction” Kickball Tournament Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

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...

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Annual Camp Days

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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...

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Celebrating Disability Pride Month and National Ice Cream Month with SharkNinja

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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...

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Whale Watching Trip

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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.

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Cruising into Recovery

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

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...

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Legoland Visit

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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!

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June 15 – Family Engagement Group Meeting!

Monday, May 22, 2023

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...

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Go Team Bridgewell – Special Olympics Update

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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!

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2023 Special Olympics Polar Plunge for Team Bridgewell

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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...

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

Thursday, March 16, 2023

 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!

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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...

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Valentine’s Day 2023

Thursday, February 16, 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...

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2023 Lotus House Family Supportive Housing Program Open House

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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...

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Virtual Workshop: Alternatives to Guardianship

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Please join Bridgewell’s Family Support Center on October 20th at 12 PM for a virtual workshop on alternatives to guardianship and health care proxy! WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?  BETSY JOHNSON WILL JOIN US FROM DDS TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS. Betsy has developed a working knowledge of the important differences between guardianship and a healthcare proxy. She wants...

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Bridgewell’s 2022 Celebration of Community Kick-off a Success

Monday, October 10, 2022

Over 50 members of Bridgewell volunteer at Newhall Fields Community Farm in Peabody for a day of service Bridgewell held the kick-off event for its “Celebration of Community” on October 4, 2022. The service project event, formerly known as the Bridgewell Day of Giving, was held at Newhall Fields Community Farm (NFCF) in Peabody and drew more than 50 volunteers...

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Bridgewell Residents Celebrating Fall!

Monday, October 10, 2022

A few of Bridgewell’s residences participated in fall activities this weekend at Russell Orchard in Ipswich. Everyone enjoyed their homemade ice cream and brought home apples, and the folks who went Sunday also got to take a hayride out to the apple orchards.

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Thank you, Winning Moves Games!

Monday, October 10, 2022

Winning Moves Games donated 30 cases of board games to Bridgewell! Over 500 games and activities like Rubix Cubes, Chess, Hi Ho! Cherry–O!, Frozen 2 Pop It and more! These games range from single player to small groups and will be distributed to day programs, residences, clinics and affordable housing programs. Thank you so much to Winning Moves Games! Check back...

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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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Family Support Center: Piers Park Sailing

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Earlier this month, Bridgewell’s Family Support Center organized a weekend sailing event! Piers Park Sailing Center is a place for individuals of all abilities to access, enjoy, and learn how to sail on Boston Harbor. Sixteen sailors and their families arrived and enjoyed a beautiful day of sailing! This event was designed to test the level of interest our individuals...

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Camping Day with Bridgewell Residents

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Several of residential programs from Lynn and Saugus enjoyed a day of camping last month. The campers had to improvise a bit because campfires were not allowed due to the brush fire risk, but as you can see from the photos below, everyone enjoyed themselves! Director of Behavioral Support Laurel Ciavarri set up a tent for them and brought games...

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Bridgewell Visits Canobie Lake Park

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bridgewell’s Independent Living programs took on Canobie Lake and it was a blast. For some thrill-seekers it was their first time at an amusement park and going on rides. The group conquered a-lot today! Seventy-three year old George, who lives in Lynn, has always wanted to go on the pirate ship and today he did! Check out this video of...

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Bridgewell does the Duck Boats – Quack!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Three of Bridgewell’s Independent Living programs went to the Duck Boats in Boston for a fun outing. Everyone was full of smiles and it was a first for most. A few of our residents became the captain and drove the boat! They couldn’t stop talking about how fun it was even in the heat. Independent Living, formerly Individual Supports, provide...

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More Bundles of Hope

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

As part of an ongoing partnership since August 2021, a small group of women from Bridgewell’s Women’s Program, Johnson Street, work with local artist Mary Flannery at her studio, Great Art Studio in Lynn, engaging in art therapy sessions. After completing the six-week program and expressing themselves through their art, the women host a small private art show to share...

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Bridgewell’s Family Support Center Bridgewell Family Fun Event

Thursday, May 19, 2022

With more than 125 people in attendance, Bridgewell’s Family Support Center had an amazing turnout at the Bridgewell Family Fun Event in Danvers earlier this month. It was a busy, fun day of lots of activities including the Red Sox Experience Truck, which had a mock Green Monster, jerseys, pitching track and batting cages.  All Out Adventures brought adaptive bikes...

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2022 Imagine the Possibilities Recap!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Imagine the Possibilities Gala 2022 What an evening! With close to 300 people in the ballroom, we’re happy to announce we’ve raised over $327,000 to support our vital mission. Check back soon for more information and the photo gallery. Congratulations to our Visionary Award Recipient: George Sonia, Lancelot Janitorial & Paper Products Over the years, George Sonia and his team...

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Autism Awareness Month at Rosewood I and II

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

For Autism Awareness Month, Rosewood I and II have been doing weekly themed activities.  Last week, participants and staff had a tie-dye t-shirt decorating event and everyone wore their shirts together. There is an emphasis on Acceptance over Awareness this year where the goal is to teach and encourage others to accept everyone no matter their differences or abilities. Click...

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Workshop Opportunity: Understanding IDD and Dementia and Adapting to Behavior Changes

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Through a grant from The Administration for Community Living, Bridgewell is working with local aging agency (AGESPAN) and educational organization (Shriver Center at UMASS) and fellow service provider (Fidelity House) to develop trainings for Caregivers of People Aging with IDD.  Families and guardians can receive a $25 gift card when you complete these informative new trainings! A similar training is...

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Spreading Kindness This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

As a result of a generous luncheon donation to the Bridgewell Roseway Day program, program participants passed forward the holiday spirit by donating toys for children connected to Bridgewell’s services. After running out of options for affordably catering the program’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon, Program Director Amanda Murray called George at Brother’s Deli in Lynn, who donated the entire meal. Due...

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Booster Clinics at Bridgewell

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Over the past few weeks Bridgewell held three immunization clinics and provided over 500 Covid-19 boosters and seasonal flu shots to staff and people in Bridgewell’s services. On the way to the clinic, Orlando, who attends Roseway Day Program, found out that Amy Saunders, who works at Roseway, is not a fan of needles so he offered to help her...

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Thanksgiving at Roseway

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

When Roseway Day Center’s Program Director Amanda Murray started making calls to see who would be able to cater the annual Thanksgiving luncheon, she was running out of luck based on timing and budget – until she called George at Brother’s Deli in Lynn. Not only did he accommodate the request, but he said, “I’ll take care of it!” and...

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Art Therapy at Great Art Studio in Lynn

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

For the past few months, a small group of women from Bridgewell’s Women’s Program, Johnson Street, have been working with local artist Mary Flannery at her art studio, Great Art Studio for art therapy sessions. Through expressing themselves with art, the women hosted a small private art show on September 29 and plan to develop this into a larger recovery...

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Recap: Flutie Foundation’s 5K for Autism: Dougie’s Epic Adventure

Thursday, September 23, 2021

In September, over 40 people ran or walked for Bridgewell’s team at the Flutie Foundation’s 5K for Autism: Dougie’s Epic Adventure at Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick. Ten members of the team participated virtually with the Flutie 5K Your Way option. Over $4,200 was raised by the team and directly goes to Bridgewell’s autism programs. The Flutie Foundation has...

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2021 Day of Giving Recap

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Community Movement of Generosity Give Back, Give Time, Give a Gift   In October, Bridgewell held its annual Day of Giving, a community movement of generosity and a time to spread awareness of what we do, how we serve the community, and an opportunity for the community to support Bridgewell. Through an American Red Cross Blood Drive at our headquarters...

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Flutie Foundation’s 5K for Autism: Dougie’s Epic Adventure!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Bridgewell is excited to be a charity partner of the Flutie Foundation’s 5K for Autism: Dougie’s Epic Adventure! We invite you to join Bridgewell’s Team to walk or run and help raise funds for our autism programs. You can sign up to join us and attend the event on September 12th at Lookout Farm in Natick, or you can sign...

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Bridgewell & My Brother’s Table

Monday, March 23, 2020

In the past week, Bridgewell has worked with My Brother’s Table to secure warm meals for Bridgewell residents to help them save their own pantry of groceries and food. My Brother’s Table prepared so many meals and sandwiches to people in our community housing and individual support programs. Not only does this insure proper nutrition, but prevents them from having...

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Connecting Families with Resources and a Sense of Community

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Navigating services in the world of developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders can be a formidable challenge for any family. Bridgewell’s Family Support Center (FSC) helps families work through these challenges and obtain social services and programs. “We are here to support persons served and families when and where they need it most,” says Judith Doherty, Bridgewell’s Family Support Center...

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Save the Date: Polar Plunge!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Don’t miss out on your chance to support Bridgewell’s Special Olympics Teams! Take the plunge! Join Team Bridgewell on Saturday, March 28th 2020 for an icy cold swim in the Atlantic Ocean! Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration begins at 10:00 AM    |    Plunge at 12:00 PM Revere Beach – 300 Ocean Avenue, Revere, MA 02151 Parking is available on Ocean Avenue. There is a super fun...

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Valentine’s Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

On Valentine’s Day, three of Bridgewell’s Day Programs from Lynn, Danvers and Stoneham celebrated together at the Kelly J. Martin Center. In recent meetings, Day Program participants expressed the desire to socialize more with other programs. With that feedback in mind, Day Program Directors Amy Hallinan, Molli Marshall and Amanda Murray (pictured right) planned an enormous Valentine’s Day celebration. With...

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2020 Night to Shine Prom

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

On February 7, Bridgewell attended the 2020 Night to Shine prom, the sixth anniversary of this special event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. This year’s theme was You Are Beautiful, which is the belief of the foundation, is truly reflected in photos and video from the evening. This year, seventy-five members of the Bridgewell community, including residents and staff,...

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Special Olympics Jolly Jaunt

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Join Team Bridgewell on Saturday, December 7th for the best holiday themed 5k of the season! This is a professionally timed 5k on a certified 5k course in Boston. The course starts and finishes at the Boston Commons. Boston Common – Boylston St, Boston MA Registration: 8:00 am Walk/Run Start: 9:00 am Awards: 9:45 am- 11:00 am Registration – $35,...

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ADDP and DDP Present: 2019 Talking Tech Conference

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bridgewell’s Elaine White (Chief Operations Officer), Chris Tuttle (President & Chief Executive Officer), John Hyland (Director of Information Technology) and Bonnie Hungler (Director of Program and Support Services), attended the Talking Tech 2019 conference this past Thursday at the Newton Marriott. The conference was presented by the ADDP (The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers) and the DDS (The Department of...

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Celebration of Success

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Yesterday, President & CEO Chris Tuttle was at the State House to cheer on Pride’s Deli, a partner in Bridgewell’s Employment Support program. The Massachusetts Regional Employment Collaboratives hosted the inaugural Celebration of Success, to recognize partners, sponsors and employees who have demonstrated commitment to supporting people with disabilities through employment and training efforts. Pride’s Deli of Beverly was one...

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Topsfield Fair 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

An annual tradition, many people in Bridgewell services enjoyed a trip to the Topsfield Fair. The Fair invited area day programs and facilities during day hours free of charge; 377 people and staff attended – a record number! In addition, Bridgewell’s Kelly J. Martin Employment Program participants worked at the Fair as greeters and volunteers at various exhibits. Over the...

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Bridgewell and the Big Apple Circus

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The circus was in town! The Big Apple Circus came to Peabody’s North Shore Mall last month and many people in Bridgewell services enjoyed the shows. Over 160 people from the Kelly J. Martin Center, Rosewood I and II and the Recreation Department attended performances over the course of six days. Many people with autism particularly enjoyed a special sensory...

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2019 Imagine the Possibilities Recap

Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Imagine the Possibilities Gala What a night! We are pleased to announce we raised more than $338,000! Without generous people like you, those we serve would not be able to accomplish all they do. You affirm what can happen when all of us work together. The evening began with a cocktail reception where guests were able to purchase raffle...

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Bridgewell’s 2019 Silent Auction

Friday, March 15, 2019

Imagine the Possibilities Gala Silent Auction Now Open to the General Public For the first time, Bridgewell is providing the general public access to its silent auction for the Imagine the Possibilities Gala. Now through March 15, simply click here to peruse more than 60 exciting prizes and place your best bid. With countless options to choose from, including overnight stays...

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2019 Imagine the Possibilities Centerpieces

Friday, March 8, 2019

New this year, each of the 36 centerpieces adorning the tables have been decorated by people in Bridgewell programs. The artists are from a wide range of Bridgewell’s programs including community housing, day programs, recovery services and behavioral health programs. Programs included Bridgewell’s Maple Street Day Habilitation Program, Lowell Adult Day Treatment Program, Women’s Program, Johnson Street and Recreation Program. For...

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Bridgewell’s 11th Annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala Promises to be a Spectacular Event!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Please join us Friday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for Bridgewell’s 11th Annual Imagine the Possibilities Gala, our signature event to raise critical funds to support the individualized needs of people in our care. This year’s gala will be emceed by WCVB-TV reporter Katie Thompson and includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, raffle and live...

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The Kelly J. Martin Center

Thursday, December 20, 2018

On December 20, the Boston Street Center was dedicated and renamed The Kelly J. Martin Center, in recognition of Kelly’s long-standing commitment to Bridgewell and the people in our services. Moving forward, the programs in that building will now be called: Bridgewell’s Kelly J. Martin Day Habilitation Program and Bridgewell’s Kelly J. Martin Employment Program. Kelly began her career as...

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Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Performs at Bridgewell

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra performed for staff and people in our services from a variety of Bridgewell’s programs, including behavioral health, residential and day. The performance included holiday instrumental music and a holiday sing-along. It was a great way to kick off the season and get everyone in the holiday spirit. As a member of the BPO and Bridgewell Board...

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Freezin for a Reason! To Benefit: Kelly J. Martin Memorial Fund

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stephanie and George Sonia, owners of Lancelot Janitorial Supplies and Bridgewell vendor and gala sponsor, and Patti and Mario Capano, parents of Bridgewell employee Nick Capano, announced this years’ Freezin for a Reason in Lynn will benefit the Kelly J. Martin Memorial Fund in honor of Kelly. The Kelly J. Martin Fund, set up by her family, will be used...

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PACC’s PowerUp! Networking Event

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bridgewell was excited to be at Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce’s December PowerUP! event. Employment Specialist Ashley Smallwood and Recruitment Manager Georgana Tocco shared more info about services and career opportunities! Learn more: About Bridgewell Careers

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LACC’s Fashion Show

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Earlier this month, two of Bridgewell’s own participated in the 2018 Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Beauty, Wellness and Fashion Expo at Nahant Country Club.Rachel modeled clothing from Infinity Boutique while Ray modeled clothing from Giblee’s. Ray said that he enjoyed every minute of it especially since the mayor of Lynn and a police officer were also in the fashion...

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Lynn Continuum of Care Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Lynn Continuum of Care held its Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The event is sponsored by Bridgewell and Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development. The new slate of officers and board members were elected. Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs combine state funds with federal funds obtained from HUD through an annual competitive application to...

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MassHousing Staff Tours Bridgewell

Monday, June 18, 2018

In June 2018, MassHousing staff toured all of their programs including one of Bridgewell’s Sober Homes in Lynn. Thanks for stopping by and for your support! To read more about this partnership, check out this September blog post.

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Join us for Coffee and Conversations

Monday, June 11, 2018

Family Support Center Upcoming Event This month’s topic is Summer Strategies: Tips for Handling Vacations Wednesday, June 13, 10:30-11:30 Bridgewell’s Family Support Center. 66 Silsbee St, Lynn. Questions or to RSVP: Judith Doherty, jdoherty@bridgewell.org or 339-883-1761.

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2018 Safe Living Expo

Monday, April 30, 2018

Last month, more than 130 people attended Bridgewell’s Safe Living Expo held at our Headquarters in Peabody. The event welcomed employees, individuals in our services and family members alike. From live demonstrations on safety lift transfers, to exhibits featuring methods of food prep, and safe loading of vans, there was much to experience and learn. Topics also included internet safety, bed bugs,...

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Harry Potter Day at Roseway

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Roseway, one of Bridgewell’s day habilitation programs, was magically transformed into Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry last month to celebrate the completion of reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone during the program’s Reading Club. Pictured above: Team Gryffindor and the House Cup:  Danny, Marta, Joselyne, Molli,Dan, Geoff, and Joseph. Developmental Specialist Molli Marshall is the muggle responsible for the...

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Department of Developmental Services Determination Award Photos

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bridgewell residents Cochise, Anthony and Peter were all awarded the DDS Northeast Region Self Determination awards. The awards recognize individuals who have made significant gains and accomplishments in their lives.   [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”133″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”83″ thumbnail_height=”83″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”0″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  

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Rachel’s Fashion Show

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In November, Rachel, who lives in a Bridgewell residence, participated in the 2017 “WIN” Beauty, Wellness & Fashion Expo for the Lynn Chamber of Commerce. She was very honored and excited to be able to participate in this event. She was able to model an ensemble from Swampscott’s Infinity Boutique. With the support of her family, friends, and Program Director, Rachel...

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2018 Gala Honoree

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Visionary Leadership Award Mark S. Kennard For over 35 years and as the former Executive Director of Project COPE, Mark has been an innovative leader, creating and providing the highest level of recovery services and prevention programs for substance use disorders in our community. Since Mark joined Bridgewell after the Project COPE merger four years ago, he has continued to...

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Rosewood Celebrates Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bridgewell programs all have special ways of celebrating the holidays! This week, Rosewood II Autism Day Services in Danvers enjoyed an entire Thanksgiving dinner prepared by staff.   The feast included 40 lbs of potatoes, 3 turkeys and a ham. Over 100 people joined the celebration including 52 day program attendees and 22 Bridgewell staff, and over 30 family members...

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Thank you for being part of the Bridgewell community.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Because of your support, Bridgewell helps over 6,250 people live safe, self-directed and productive lives. This time of year is filled with gratitude and we are so thankful that you are part of the Bridgewell community.  Thank you.

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Halloween at Dearborn

Thursday, November 2, 2017

With the Boston Street Day Habilitation Center temporarily located at Bridgewell’s Headquarters in Peabody, staff decided to have some Halloween fun including a pumpkin and office decorating contest and a dance party! Departments across the organization participated and Bridgewell’s Finance Department took first place by converting a conference room into a haunted house. All entries were judges by a panel...

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267 Bridgewell Folks Visit Topsfield Fair!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thank you Topsfield Fair! Bridgewell had a record number of day program individuals and staff, totaling 267, very happy visitors to this year’s Topsfield Fair from September 29 to October 9. Mother Nature provided 5 days of sunshine and warm weather for our folks. We are indeed grateful to the Fair for their continuous support of Bridgewell by providing free...

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Rosewood Day Services Information Session

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Looking for a day program for a young adult with autism? Join us to learn more about this new Rosewood Day Services program. What: Bridgewell has opened a new Rosewood Day Services Program in Billerica for people living in Central Middlesex, Merrimack Valley and Lowell regions. Learn more about the high-quality programming including technology, physical fitness, functional academics and community...

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Special Olympics Fall Classic

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last month, the Special Olympics Fall Classic was hosted by the Hogan Regional Center and Special Olympics Massachusetts.  This year’s event was attended by approximately 250 individuals from Hogan, Bridgewell, and Class, Inc. The Special Olympics Fall Classic provides an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities to engage in a day of interactive fun activities in an...

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Family Support Center – A Disability in the Family? “Accessing Health Services” 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Join us for coffee and questions with Lisa Morrow, Esq. and Ashley Jones-Pierce, Esq. of HealthLawAdvocates. Wednesday,  11/1/17 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 66 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA 01901  HealthLawAdvocates will present 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and  Bridgewell’s Family Support Center will host an open house after the presentation from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please RSVP to Judith...

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Bridgewell Family Support Center – Relationships & Sexuality

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Free Training for Parents & Professionals Wondering how to talk to your child, teen or young adult about relationships and sexuality? Nicole Murphy, LICSW and Paula Thompson, LICSW of EMARC are here to guide you! Thursday, October 26th 6:00 to 8:00 pm Burlington Council on Aging 61 Center St,  First Floor, Burlington, MA (right side of the building) Click here to...

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Sober House Renovations Update

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In September, Bridgewell invited the funders to tour one of our three Sober Houses to show the impact their funding had with providing women who leave treatment with a sober, supportive and safe transitional housing environment to continue their road of recovery. Funding from Mass Housing (CCRI), the Gerondelis Foundation and the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development made it...

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Building Bridges: Autism Journey into Adulthood

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Friday, September 22, Bridgewell hosted the Building Bridges: Autism Journey into Adulthood conference in Framingham, Massachusetts. As a leading organization supporting families of young autistic adults, this is the second conference hosted by Bridgewell focusing on the transition at age 22 from the educational system to adult autism services. The conference brought together over 400 human services leaders, professionals and...

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September is National Recovery Month

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

National Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates people in long-term recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Data Visualization Sheets Recovery Month Flyer This year’s Recovery Month theme focuses on...

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AANE Support Group for Parents* of Adults with Asperger’s or a Related Profile

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This new AANE group hosted by the Bridgewell Family Support Center is designed for parents of adult children who have completed high school and are between the ages of 19 and 32, and is ideal for parents to build an ongoing connection with a community of other parents. Moderated by Gail Kastorf, M.Ed. Ms. Kastorf serves as the AANE Grant...

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Register for the Peabody Group Now!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bridgewell 10 Dearborn Rd Peabody, MA 01960 This new AANE group hosted by the Bridgewell Family Support Center is designed for parents of adult children who have completed high school and are between the ages of 19 and 32, and is ideal for parents to build an ongoing connection with a community of other parents. Moderated by Gail Kastorf, M.Ed....

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Family Support Center Event

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Accessing MassHealth Services UPDATE: We are very sorry that due to a family emergency, our presenter needs to postpone this presentation. The FSC will contact all who have registered and will also let you know the new date for the presentation. Friday, September 29, 2017 11:30 am – 1 pm Bridgewell Headquarters 10 Dearborn Rd. Training Room B Peabody, MA 01960...

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Transportation Employment Open House

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DRIVERS and MONITORS WANTED Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 10 Dearborn Road, Peabody, MA 01960 Do you like to help people? Do you have a high school diploma or GED? If the answer is YES to both questions, we would love to talk to you. If you are interested in attending our Transportation Open House, please...

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Rosewood’s Spring Danceapalooza

Thursday, August 3, 2017

On Friday night, June 16th, the Rosewood Parents Group sponsored a fun event at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers, and held a “Danceapalooza” for our Rosewood Drive program participants. A deluge of rain didn’t stop our folks from dressing up in their finest and putting on their dancing shoes to groove to everything from Michael Jackson to Daddy Yankee!...

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Bridgewell Residents Attend ADA Celebration Day

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh & the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities hosted its annual ADA Celebration Day at Boston City Hall. The ADA Celebration Day is a yearly celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability...

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Lynn Continuum of Care Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast

Friday, June 16, 2017

Yesterday, the Lynn Continuum of Care (COC) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast. Over 25 local organizations are part of the Lynn COC including Bridgewell and all work in collaboration to end homelessness. Bridgewell’s Elaine White, Director of Housing, serves as President of the Executive Board. During the meeting, scholarships were presented to Gilley Kabamba who will be attending Bridgewater State...

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Stearns Training Center

Thursday, June 15, 2017

In May 2017, Bridgewell’s board of directors and staff gathered for a special dedication of Bridgewell’s Training Center in honor of past President & CEO Bob Stearns. Throughout his 13 years, Bob’s thoughtful and caring leadership was not limited to the people Bridgewell serves but also its employees. He demonstrated his commitment to Bridgewell staff in both big and small...

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2016 Imagine the Possibilities Gala

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thank you for supporting Bridgewell’s 2016 Imagine the Possibilities Gala! More than 335 people attended this year’s gala, helping to raise just over $300,000 for Bridgewell and its mission. To date, the gala has raised just over $2 million in generous donations since the first one was held in 2008. Congratulations to our honorees: Marylou Sudders and Tom Gould, pictured...

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2017 Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It was a great afternoon celebrating with Bridgewell staff and Board of Directors, the Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. and other distinguished guests celebrating the opening of Bridgewell’s new headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.   Click through the photo gallery below and check out this great video of the program!   A special thank you to:...

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Open House and Ribbon Cutting for Bridgewell’s New Headquarters!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 10 Dearborn Road, Peabody, MA 01960 Please join Bridgewell’s staff and Board of Directors, the Mayor of Peabody Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. and other distinguished guests as we celebrate the opening of Bridgewell’s new headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by June 2...

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