The mission of Bridges, Inc. is to connect immigrants and refugees, resettling in this country, with the services and resources they will need to become successful citizens in their new communities.
The vision of Bridges, Inc. is to create a supportive network of programs, collaborations, education and outreach to newly resettled immigrants and refugees so that they will feel safe, welcomed, encouraged and empowered to become active and productive citizens of the United States.
Bridges, Inc. strives to meet the psychological, social, occupational, literacy and educational needs of new arrivals not met by the resettlement agencies. We plan to meet these needs by conducting outreach within the community and by:
Establishing, locating or enhancing English Language and literacy programs.
Establishing and maintaining after-school acculturation programs for Youth
Establishing and maintaining support groups for women
Establishing programs for elderly, disabled and others with difficulty adjusting
Developing occupational skills
Educating about legal rights/responsibilities and social norms
Practicing skills for psychological recovery to assist those arriving with severe emotional trauma
Building and maintaining relationshipes within the communitiies (churches, schools, colleges, mental health agencies, resettlement agencies, civic agencies, youth programs)
Preparing new arrivals for citizenship in the United States