Bridges Supporting Adults with Disabilities for 60 Years Vies for Cocoa Beach Chamber Business Champion of the Year Award
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2021
33rd Annual Business Champion of the Year Awards Ceremony set September 10
WATCH: Bridges, formerly ARC of Brevard, is the go-to agency for clients with significant physical, intellectual or developmental challenges. Many of them have been associated with Bridges for more than two decades. Whether the issue is employment, housing, life skills training or enrichment, Bridges is there for them.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bridges BTC will vie for top honors during the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce 33rd Annual Business Champion of the Year Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Space Coast Convention Center, located at 301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa. Admission is $45 and tickets can be purchased HERE. For more information, call 459-2200.
Bridges is a community-based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Bridges BTC has provided services and support to adults with disabilities for more than 60 years in Brevard County and Central Florida.
A critical charitable organization for the Space Coast, Bridges BTC serves more than 350 individuals every day, many of whom have been with Bridges for more than 20 years.
TEACHING LIFE SKILLS
Three group homes provide safe, decent housing for persons whose physical or mental challenges would make living independently not a viable option.
Bridges also have the back of those clients who wish to live independently, for the organization also offers budgeting and other life skills training so these individuals do not run into trouble.
An additional facility, Patriot House, helps homeless vet to take back their lives and transition back into the community.
Bridges help clients become self-sufficient by coaching them through all the steps of the job search and connecting them with employers or providing them with in-house employment opportunities such as the agency’s state-of-the-art Material Recycling Facility, which has served Patrick Space Force base for more than 15 years.
To enable Bridges to continue its critical work, the Bridges Foundation explores all possible sources of revenue – from individual donations and investments to fundraising events– to inspire others to join in the agency’s mission of “building bridges to better lives.”
Bridges BTC dedicated staff, Board Members, families, and community partners all play a vital role in ensuring the organization provides quality programs in a nurturing, positive, and rewarding setting.
Over the years Bridges has established many durable partnerships with the business, philanthropic, and non-profit communities that have resulted in a range of new and enriching opportunities for its clients.
Bridges BTC Mission Statement
Bridges is a community-based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Bridges is uniquely qualified to offer a flexible range of cost-sensitive, practical solutions to the challenges in life through its employment, residential, advocacy, therapeutic, and educational programs.
Bridges BTC has served children and adults with disabilities in Brevard County since 1956.
Bridges BTC programs include: Group Homes, Employment Services, Supported Living, Respite, Companion, Personal Care, Community Day Programs, Transportation, and a full-service Recycling Facility at Patrick Air Force Base.
They serve approximately 400 individuals each day, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years. Over the years Bridges has established many durable partnerships with the business, philanthropic, and non-profit communities which have resulted in increased opportunities for our clients
Bridges BTC is an original partner with United Way of Brevard and is a member of many community groups, including all four Chambers of Commerce. Bridges BTC was honored as the 2010 and 2011 Non-Profit of the Year by Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.
■ ENRICH: Intensive therapeutic supports. Full-day program (11 individuals)
■ Supported Living: 24/7 support for clients living in apartments (21 individuals)
■ Supported Employment: Job development & OTJ supports (15 individuals)
■ Community Participation (PFSS): Volunteer programs (15 individuals)
■ Respite (PFSS): In-home respite for families (35 individuals)
■ Transportation: Door-to-door van service to all our programs (55 individuals)
■ Residential: Four group homes (45 individuals)
■ Day Habilitation (ADT): Full-day activity program (2 sessions) (62 individuals)
■ Employment Services: Job development, OJT, and business classes (160 individuals)
■ Personal Family Services & Supports (PFSS): 24/7 in-home supports (41 individuals)
■ AbilityOne (NISH) Recycling Facility at PAFB: Full day program (26 individuals)
■ I-FORCE Therapeutic Work Program: Packaging, landscaping, and other job tasks- Full day (13 individuals)
■ Space Coast Disability Council: Open to the civic, business, and non-profit community
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