Bridgeway Honors Special Achievements, Community Partners

ELIZABETH – Presided over by Board President Adrienne S. Vogel and Executive Director Cory Storch, Bridgeway’s Annual Public Meeting of the Board of Trustees, held on June 23at the Peterstown Community Center in Elizabeth was a night of recognizing special achievements and special partnerships.

The agency presented sixteen awards to service recipients who have demonstrated leadership and progress in the community.  Thirteen staff members were recognized for five years of service to the agency.    Staff members Delia Cortés-Mead, Intake Counselor; Lisa Vara, PACT Assistant Director and Amy Rasley, PACT Team Leader were honored for ten years of service to the agency.  Counselor Derrick Taylor of the agency’s Partial Care Program serving Union County was honored for twenty years of service.

Special recognition was given to Marlene Roper, Assistant Partial Care Director, who was retiring from the agency and to Sarah Robinson, who was retiring from the board of trustees following many years of service.
A Community Partnership Award for untiring commitment to Central New Jersey individuals dealing with mental illness was given to Peter Pogany, owner of Rapps Pharmacy in Plainfield, for his many years of leadership and support to Bridgeway and the individuals who receive services there.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) – Union County chapter also received a Community Partnership Award for its services for individuals and families who are facing mental illness, for collaborative efforts with Bridgeway in training programs and for their efforts to educate the community and law enforcement about mental health needs in the local jail systems.

Bridgeway is a rehabilitation service agency providing assistance for close to 40 years to residents of Central New Jersey who experience mental illness to live more independently and successfully in the community.  Bridgeway programs provide skill development and support services to assist people in their journey towards mental health recovery, wellness, self-sufficiency and quality of life.

The best practices model helps service recipients to create individualized recovery plans, with goals such as living independently, reduction of hospitalization rate, returning to work, and assuming other valued roles in the community.  Bridgeway also provides technical assistance and training to other mental health providers.  Bridgeway provides services in Union, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Somerset, Passaic, Warren and Hunterdon Counties.

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