Grand Raffle Drawing will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014
There will be two early bird drawings January 27 and February 24 where the winner receives $100
To be eligible for each of the Early Bird drawings, entries must be received by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the drawing.
Winner need not be present to win.
Join us Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Escape to the Emerald Isle gala.Event starts at 6 pm
There are 3 levels to choose from: Good - Better - Best starting at $200 to show your support of The Bridge at each and everyone of our events.
All printing is full color. Jpeg or PDF files are preferred.
Gala * Golf * Walk/Run - you get them all
You can choose one or more event to lend your support to, maybe even turn your ad into a coupon to our 250 gala guests, 100 golfers or 150 walkers/runners.
Download a brochure and sign-up form or Contact Carrie at (847) 485-3085 to get your package today!
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.
The Bridge first learned about William, aged 14, from his teachers at school. The teachers were becoming increasingly concerned with his poor academic performance and his aggressive attitude with his peers. It was noted that William’s parents were also very concerned about his behavior while he was at home, where he was becoming increasingly explosive towards his siblings and defiant of his parent’s authority. William’s parents had noted that his behavior really began to change about two years ago, and then deteriorated again six months ago when not only did William begin high school, but his father became unemployed and one of his grandparents passed away.Read more...
There is a lot to be said for one person being able to make a huge impact on those around them. Stephanie Ramirez is one of those special individuals that have been instrumental to The Bridge. She began her volunteer time with The Bridge Youth Advocacy Program as a volunteer mentor in 2010. The Youth Advocacy Program focuses on providing one on one mentoring and social activities for children between the ages of 7-15. These children are recommended into this program by a therapist at The Bridge, or by their school counselor. The Youth Advocacy Program events range from community services to just plain fun!Read more...
It’s not easy being a teenage parent, and when you’re doing it alone, it can be exhausting. Tammy was overwhelmed, both physically and emotionally, and although she tried her best, she always felt inadequate. So it didn’t help when she fell asleep on the couch while her 3-year old son Luke was playing in the living room, managed to pop open the front door and make his way outside. Frantically, she searched the yard and nearby streets to no avail. When the police car drove up with her son, she was thrilled, but unprepared for the events that would follow.
The police notified the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and they demanded that she obtain counseling. Tammy saw this as one more indication that she a failure, but was encouraged that a major component of her therapy was parent education. In therapy, Tammy described Luke as a stubborn child who became angry and aggressive when he didn’t get his way. She thought children were supposed to be cute, cuddly and affectionate, but Luke often ignored her completely, or threw outrageous temper tantrums.
What began as another requirement in her already demanding life quickly became a source of hope and encouragement for Tammy. Initially in therapy, she learned what she could realistically expect from her son and what steps she needed to take to insure his safety. The Bridge also referred Tammy to a parent-mentoring program that would match her with a volunteer parent who not only supported and encouraged her emotionally, but gave her practical help as well. That reduced the anxiety and stress, but the best was yet to come.
Tammy’s therapist taught her Child Parent Relationship Therapy, which is designed to build the child’s sense of responsibility and accomplishment while strengthening the child-parent relationship. With a weekly 30-minute special play time and a new method of setting limits, Tammy began to create a solid and affectionate relationship with her son. She began to recognize and understand what Luke was feeling, to let him know that she understood him, and to lovingly communicate limits and target alternatives.
Today, Tammy has great confidence in her skills and abilities as a Mom, and enjoys her relationship with Luke, who has become more cooperative and happy. What began as a nightmare for Tammy became her salvation.
The Bridge connects children, families, and community by helping young people and their families achieve social and emotional health. The Bridge offers classes in Child Parent Relationship Therapy for interested parents.