Bridge Communities Speaks Out

Melini, Bridge Communities client;
Karen Stewart, Program Director;
and Joyce Hothan, Executive Director 

Joyce Hothan speaks to ALCW members 

Thank you to Melini, Karen and Joyce for coming to our February Chapter Meeting and educating us about how Bridge Communities serves people throughout our community.  Melini told us her story, which includes a difficult divorce.  She was living with family, trying to go to school and trying to support her daughter.  Now she has a place of her own and her kitchen is fully equipped, thanks to our Operation New Start Program.  Individuals who participate in the Bridge Community program receive strong support toward their goal of becoming self-sufficient.  Participants are in the program for two years and in that time they receive subsidized housing, mentoring on budgeting, help with car repairs, counseling, and tutoring.  Melini’s story was truly inspiring and it is a pleasure to know that we can support her, as she works hard to achieve her goals.
--- Meg Cooper, VP Philanthropy

From Joyce Hothan, Executive Director of Bridge Communities after her visit with us at the February chapter meeting:
Dear Carla,
Please extend my thanks on behalf of Bridge Communities for the gracious invitation to speak before your membership.  We appreciate your warm hospitality and strong interest in the work of Bridge Communities on behalf of homeless families.
We are most grateful for the partnership with Assistance League's wonderful Operation New Start which provides such essential items for our moms.  We look forward to a continual deepening of our relationship.  Please call on us anytime if we can be of assistance.

Members engaged in break-out sessions following the Bridge Communities presentation. 

All members are invited to attend impromptu lunches after the monthly chapter meetings. This one was a good bye lunch for JoAnn Slezak who is moving out of state. 
JoAnn Slezak, Meg Cooper, Marie Raffl,
Carla Feinkind, Heather Laughman, Diane Mrozek and Ricki Lessig