Bridgeway Walk, A Resounding Success

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ELIZABETH—Bridgeway Walk 2009 was a resounding success, according to Cory Storch, executive director of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services.  The ninth annual walk was hosted at the TD Bank Ball Park in Bridgewater, centrally located to many of Bridgeway’s programs, and marked the first time that the walk was held outside of the City of Elizabeth.

Although the area experienced a nor’easter that dumped heavy rain on the area for days before the Walk, Bridgeway promised to move forward, “rain or shine”.  Dreary, raw weather did little to dampen the spirits of almost 200 individuals from all areas of the community who gathered to walk in support of mental health services and Bridgeway.  When all was tallied a nine-year record of more than $18,000 was raised for Bridgeway’s Self Sufficiency Fund.

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For 40 years, Bridgeway has provided services to New Jersey adults who are facing the difficulties of mental illness.  Through recovery-centered support services Bridgeway assists individuals to live as independently as possible, learn and work in the community, and improve their quality of life.
Bridgeway has taken a leadership role in the state-wide transformation of mental health services to the recovery model and focuses on assisting people to recover meaningful and valued roles through effective cutting-edge mental health programming.  Bridgeway was designated NJ Association of Mental Health Agency’s (NJAMHA) 2007 Provider of the Year, in recognition of its tradition of successful psychiatric rehabilitation service outcomes.

Bridgeway services are available in Union, Hudson, Passaic, Middlesex, Somerset, Warren, Hunterdon, and Sussex counties.

The Walk benefits Bridgeway’s Self Sufficiency Fund helping individuals who are experiencing mental illness to achieve recovery goals and live as independently as possible.  The Self Sufficiency Fund is a bridge to achieving individual goals by providing funds to pay for apartment and utility security deposits, moving expenses, initial purchases to outfit permanent living situations, registration fees and expenses for workshops and classes, interview outfits for individuals seeking employment, emergency purchases and expenses, prescription medication purchases not covered by insurance, and loans to tide someone over until permanent income is more secure.

Bridgeway Walk 2009’s main event sponsor was Rapps Pharmacy of Plainfield; additional sponsors included Egan, Amato and O’Connor, WalMart, Suplee, Clooney and Company and the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.  Special event partners included Wachovia Bank, SGA Group, Village Office Supply, Applebees of Hillsborough, the Somerset Patriots, Elizabeth Stop and Shop, ShopRite, BJs, Ferraro’s of Westfield, Bridgewater Commons Starbucks, CeDe Candy, Bridgewater Jazzercise, Herrs Foods, and Pioneer Transport.

Information about Bridgeway and its services is found at www.bridgewayrehab.com.


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