Bridge has an amazing way of reaching out to faith communities by offering them the chance to have an event at their place of worship that includes and shares with those with disabilities in a joyous atmosphere. The last event was held at a church on a Sunday afternoon where we worshiped God and celebrated the wedding vows of two folks in our community. The couple not only felt affirmed by our friendship and well wishes, but encouraged as their marriage was blessed by God and witnessed by their friends. This is an incredible witness on a variety of different levels, not only to the couple professing their love and starting a new family together, but for the larger community as a whole. These events happen at least monthly and although there isn't always a wedding celebration they are always joyful and blessed.
The Guardianship portion of this agency is one of a kind. It specializes in adults with developmental, or intellectual disabilities. The Professional Guardians employed by Bridge go beyond the requirements of the law, and monthly take the clients on an outing of their choice. Some clients are not able to talk, but they sure do get their preferences across, sometimes pointing left then right to direct the car to their favorite lunch spot. Many other activities are offered to make the client part of the Bridge family.
I have a developmentally desabled client who is now in his seventies. He is still ambulatory but, does not have the stamina that he had when younger. He does not qualify for a Medicaid paid wheel chair, but Bridge Ministries donated one to him so that he can go to community events like fairs that require a lot of walking around. He really enjoys these kind of activities and because of Bridge he can still participate.