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New Location, Same Roots

  Deep roots tangle and weave together in this earth – as dark as espresso grounds and often referred to as, “black gold.” Belle Glade’s rich and loamy soil may be her fortune but those willing to take a closer look at this Western Palm Beach County community knows that there are also

It's Never Too Late To Learn Something New

  Graciela Hernandez talks with her hands. No. Graciela doesn’t just talk with her hands. She conducts symphonies. She constructs imaginary skyscrapers, lassos tornados and she carves out technicolor daydreams with the constant fluttering of her hands. Arriving from Mexico seventeen

Love, Grace and Community - Miriam's Story

  When Miriam first arrived at BRIDGES at Highland, she had one goal in mind - to improve her English language skills.  A recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Miriam knew that the key to success was communication and when she heard about the free language classes BRIDGES offered,

I Am The Change - Cleveland Wester

Director of Client Outreach Services Jibby Ciric and Director of Targeted Case Management Cleveland Wester “We didn’t have running water. We had to dig holes in the backyard just so we could go to the bathroom.” A statement like this conjures up imagery of a long-passed era of American

We Only Have What We Give

  “We only have what we give”  Isabel Allende. If this is to be believed, then Community Partners’ Wraparound Case Manager Supervisor Jody is one of the wealthiest people on earth. Two years ago, a referral came across her desk. The Vogels had just moved to Palm Beach County and

More Than Just A Place To Live - Karin's Story

The paradox Karin faced was heartbreaking. The victim of sexual abuse and trauma, she was suffering from depression, anxiety and agoraphobia so severe, she couldn’t leave her home. But now, Karin didn’t even have a home to leave. In June 2015, Karin was referred to Community Partners

A More Perfect Union - Blanca's Story

  We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this

Strength and Hope - Josephine's Story

  Everything she owned weighed her down as she walked into BRIDGES: Riviera Beach. Pushing a three-month-old baby in a stroller and balancing several sagging bags on her shoulders, Josephine has no job, no home and nowhere to turn. Kicked out of her parents’ home in Miami, Josephine

Picture This - Claudia's Story

Claudia curls her fingers around the bright yellow crayon, focuses intently on the page in front of her and starts coloring in the sun – bold and bright, just like the little girl’s personality. She loves to draw and dreams of being an artist. Claudia came to Community Partners a few

Emerging From The Cocoon - Samantha's Story

  She shuts the door and pads softly to her bed – a soft mass of wrinkled sheets twisted around a fading comforter. Samantha hasn’t left her room in a few days. She’s not sure if she can leave it again. A senior in high school, 17-year-old Samantha was suffering from generalized anxiety