Published: September 23, 2013
Bridgewell is pleased to announce that we will be merging with Project COPE.
Project COPE, a Lynn-based non-profit, provides substance abuse treatment and other services to the Lynn-area community. Our two greatly respected organizations, representing close to a century of combined years of service and expertise, have had a management agreement since May 2013. Upon final board approval and all party consents, the final merger is planned for January 2014.
Both of our organizations create a setting of caring, excellence, integrity, dedication and effectiveness for their clients. Given the economic pressures of the last several years, including cutbacks in state and federal funding, it has become increasingly difficult for small, independent non-profits like Project COPE to maintain current levels of client services and respond to new opportunities. We are thrilled to collectively explore significant programmatic synergies that will ultimately benefit the individuals we care for and the community as a whole.
“Both our organizations create a setting of caring, excellence, integrity, dedication and effectiveness for their clients. We are entrepreneurial in that we are continually identifying unmet needs and creating ways to address those needs, pulling funding from multiple sources and enabling all individuals to fulfill their highest potential, fully integrated into the community wherever possible,” said Bridgewell President & CEO Bob Stearns.
Bob Stearns will remain President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgewell, and Project COPE Executive Director Mark Kennard will continue to lead the Project COPE as a subsidiary of Bridgewell. Our respective Boards will remain intact with ultimate oversight falling to Bridgewell’s Board of Directors.
To learn more about Project COPE, visit www.projectcope.org. We at Bridgewell are thrilled to expand the services we provide and grow our organization to connect more people with possibilities.