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On Tuesday, December 3, The Bridge staff will be volunteering at the Palatine Food Pantry to help sort and organize food donations. We rely on the great volunteers that help us, and we see this as a great opportunity to help our neighbor and continue to support the Palatine community we serve. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@TheBridgeYouth for pictures and updates of us giving back!
Confident and bubbly, the 12-year-old girl wearing thick eyeliner speaks insightfully about her family's traumatic difficulties.
"A lot of people feel great pain and grief," said Rosemarie Guiffra, a middle school student from Hoffman Estates. "It's kind of nice to know someone else knows."....read the full article HERE.
The Bridge Youth Council will provide gift wrapping services for Barnes & Noble purchases at the Deer Park store on Thursday, December 5; Monday, December 9; and Wednesday, December 11 from 3 - 9:00 p.m. each day. Customers make make a donation to The Bridge in exchange for the service.
Location: Barnes & Noble, Deer Park Town Center 20600 North Rand Road Deer Park, IL 60010
We have met the match!
With the help of generous donors, including golfers at our August 19th golf outing, we raised the $10,000 in new or increased donation to receive a $10,000 match from an anonymous foundation.
Thank you. All of us at The Bridge; staff, board, volunteers, and service recipients are grateful that the community is generous. This generosity allows us to make a difference in the lives of children. With your help, we continue our work to help troubled kids lead happier more successful lives regardless of their ability to pay for services.
The Bridge has just received a $10,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to help children dealing with traumatic experiences. The grant comes with catch: The Bridge must first raise $10,000 from new or increased donations. Our goal is ambitious. We want to raise $10,000 in the next two weeks.
We need your help. Please make a gift now at www.bridgeyouth.org (by clicking the donate button to the right of this article). Your new or increased gift will be matched dollar for dollar by this foundation.
Fourteen-year-old Michelle’s father was being sent to prison on substance abuse charges, leaving her mom to try keeping the family together. Due to financial struggles and substance abuse, the family had moved frequently and Michelle changed schools often. Finally settled in one place, Michelle is able to attend counseling at The Bridge at an affordable reduced fee because donations support The Bridge counseling program.
The $10,000 we raise and the $10,000 grant will allow us to provide more than 200 counseling sessions for children like Michelle right here in the Northwest Suburbs.
Thank you for your support.
It is through YOUR generosity that The Bridge is able to provide programs and services to aid area youth.
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As a human service agency providing counseling, mentoring and education to thousands of families annually, you have probably heard of us.
But do you really understand what we do and who we are?
Read a story or two to get a brief glimpse into the everyday life here at The Bridge. Although the names were changed to protect confidentiality, these are real stories about real families.
Thank you for your interest in The Bridge. Through your travels on our site, we hope you become as dedicated and passionate about our Mission as we are.
In 1965, Palatine Township became the second township in Illinois to appoint a youth committee, made up of community residents, to identify problems confronted by youth in the community. Over the next few years a drop-in center opened, outreach work began, and a summer youth employment program was developed. When the Simon and Garfunkle song Bridge Over Troubled Waters became popular, the youth named the agency The Bridge. The Bridge Youth Services became the official name of the organization in 1976.
Due to its positive reputation, The Bridge received Federal and State funds by the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. With the addition of new funding, programs were expanded and The Bridge quickly became a model for other youth agencies throughout the state of Illinois
The Bridge has remained a leader in providing effective programming to youth. Board, volunteers and staff members have initiated a wide-range of services to meet and anticipate needs. The Bridge has also been an advocate for the development of other community services and a leader in collaborative efforts. Shelter, Inc. (a residential placement agency), Talkline (a 24-hour crisis intervention agency), District 211’s Alternative School, and the Transitional Living Program at Harbour, Inc. are but a few examples of existing programs initiated with Bridge support.
In 1989, services were extended to serve youth and their families; the agency name was modified to The Bridge Youth and Family Services to reflect the added age group and philosophy of service.
The first satellite site at the Shoppes of Foxfire near Rand and Hicks roads, opened in December 1994 to better serve the northeast corner of Palatine Township .
A community partnership grant from Northwest Community Healthcare started the substance abuse treatment services in November 1995. Services are now available in partnership with Palatine and Fremd High Schools .
The satellite site moved from the Shoppes at Foxfire to the Palatine Opportunity Center in April 2000. Palatine Township redesigned The Bridge’s office space and expanded it by 3,100 square feet in that same year.