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Conversation with Department of Developmental Services about Employment

 By July 2015, Department of Developmental Services plans to phase out all center-based (sheltered) workshops. This is to encourage individuals with disabilities to work in the community. Last month, Bridgewell staff and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services held a discussion to learn more about community employment opportunities.   Day Services Supervisor Victoria Jasper discussed […]

Pathfinder Toiletries Drive a Success

Thank you to all who donated to the Pathfinder Toiletries Drive! Parishioners of Saint Dorothy’s Parish of Wilmington and Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish of Tewksbury donated more than a thousand dollars worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors and other personal hygiene products. Additionally, we would like to thank Align Credit Union, Costco Wholesale, Geriatric […]

Project COPE and Bridgewell Complete Merger

After years of thoughtful planning, Bridgewell and Project COPE completed a merger this past January.  The two greatly respected organizations, representing close to a combined century of service and expertise, have had a management agreement since May, 2013. For 40 years, Project COPE has provided community-based prevention, education and treatment services for individuals and their […]

Bridgewell Program Director Runs Boston Marathon Again for Special Olympics MA!

Last year, Program Director Shannon Winn ran the Boston Marathon for Team Special Olympics MA. Unfortunately, due to the tragic Marathon Bombings, Shannon was unable to complete the race but luckily was unharmed during the brutal attack. This year, Team SOMA awarded all of last year’s runners with complementary bibs, so they could again run the Marathon! […]

Mark Murphy Honored at ADDP Conference

Congratulations to Bridgewell’s Mark Murphy! Mark was awarded the ADDP 2014 Human Services Professional Award at ADDP’s Annual Conference. Mark is pictured above with Bridgewell individual Eric, Residential Supervisor Melissa Bridges-Pata and Program Director Kristin Neidig, who nominated him for the award. Since 1991, Mark has demonstrated his dedication to Bridgewell and its mission as an overnight and […]

Anthony Visits the State House

Earlier this month, Bridgewell individual Anthony (pictured above) participated in the FY15 budget hearing organized by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Ways & Means.  He attended with The Caring Force, who filled about 30 percent of the room. Anthony listened very attentively and he later asked, “Are they going to provide more money?” Great work, Anthony! […]

Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2014

A big thank you to everyone who supported Team Bridgewell at the Polar Plunge this year. Together, we raised $1525 for Team Bridgewell. We had a huge crowd this year representing Bridgewell including individuals in our care, staff members, family members and guardians! The weather was beautiful! The air and water temperature were about even […]

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Visits Bridgewell’s Pathfinder Drop-in Center

In January, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas toured Bridgewell’s Pathfinder Drop-in Center and Pathfinder Apartments in Lowell. Pathfinder Program Director Jessica Perreault and Director of Housing Elaine White led the tour and introduced the Congresswoman to several clients. Pathfinder serves more than 48,000 meals annually and has 300 active individuals using the center. She met Tommy and […]

Pathfinder Needs Your Help!

With the extreme cold weather and an increase in the homeless young adult population, we are having trouble providing shampoos, soaps, disposable razors and sanitary products to people at the Pathfinder Drop-in Center – all very basic items that many of us take for granted. Pathfinder Needs: Shampoos Soaps Disposable Razors Sanitary Products Lotions Trial […]

2014 Polar Plunge

We are taking the Plunge! Are you going to join us? If you don’t think that jumping into the icy Atlantic Ocean in February is fun and invigorating…… Do something rewarding and make a donation to Team Bridgewell! Bridgewell’s Team Page for 2014 Polar Plunge Click the link above to learn more! On February 22, […]