BRiDGES news and updates

September is a time for change and transitions. We change from summer to fall, students go back to school whether in person or remotely, and we watch the days grow cooler and shorter. We have experienced many changes at BRiDGES as well.

We said good-bye to our STOP-DWI Prevention Educator, Jen Cottet, who moved and is finishing up her graduate program and an internship. We had a seamless transition as we welcomed Paitience Burch into her position. Paitience had been working with us in another program and welcomed the opportunity to work in the STOP-DWI field, an issue she has a passion for.

We welcomed two new Prevention Education Specialists, Kim Haley and Jerry Burlison. They have jumped in with both feet learning the school and community-based prevention programs that we offer to the community. They join our other Prevention Education Specialist, Julie Hengst, who has been providing programming for the schools and has launched a virtual Active Parenting Program at the Madison County Jail.

In keeping with the virtual reality we are living with, we are promoting a virtual walk for suicide prevention, STEPtember. See the details here on our web site.

I love this quote from Socrates. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. I am proud of the work we all are doing in this community to build new ways to bring services and connection to others.

With gratitude,


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