Bridges

Connecting Families, Strengthening Communities

BRIDGES   – a community hub concept!

  

What are BRIDGES?

BRIDGES, a program of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, are gathering places that connect local families to community resources so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and have increased access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

Why create BRIDGES?

Despite the efforts of previous community-based programs supported by Children’s Services Council, in some neighborhoods across Palm Beach County:

  • Too many pregnant women still do not get the medical care they need to ensure having a healthy baby; and teen pregnancy remains a problem.
  • Too many babies are born too early and small, putting them at risk for life-long problems with health and learning.
  • Too many children aren’t ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and continue to struggle in school, unable to meet grade-level expectations by the end of 3rd grade. This stepping stone is a huge predictor of future school success.

The services available through BRIDGES focus on giving children the best possible start in life. Why? Because children given the fundamental tools for success are less likely to drop out of school, get pregnant, abuse drugs or end up in prison. This benefits our whole society.

Simply put, what happens today makes a difference tomorrow.

How do BRIDGES work?

BRIDGES support a community-networking concept that coordinates services; reduces duplication of efforts; engages residents; and builds partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and civic and religious groups.

The 10 BRIDGES locations are run by local nonprofit organizations (Children’s Home Society and Housing Partnership Inc., in collaboration with St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church,  and the Lake Worth Resident Planning Group) that have experience in community engagement and long-standing relationships within their neighborhoods and beyond. While each BRIDGES is tailored to its community's needs, all aim to help parents raise their children to be healthy, safe and strong.

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BRIDGES of Lake Park

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BRIDGES of Riviera

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BRIDGES of Northwood

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BRIDGES of West Palm Beach

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BRIDGES of Highland

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BRIDGES of Lake Worth

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BRIDGES of Lake Worth West

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BRIDGES of Boynton

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BRIDGES of Belle Glade

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BRIDGES of Pahokee

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