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May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

After 4 years of 24/7 childhood-trauma memory work I found myself at Bridges door step with little awareness of the shift I required and not knowing if they could help me move forward. When they told me "this is the program for you!", I thought they were crazy! I thought I would never fit anywhere ever again. Then my first day in class I had a breakdown in the bathroom because I realized how far from Society I was after 4 years of healing work. I worked very hard in the 6 month program to bridge gaps in my memory and brain function, relate to people, articulate myself again. I graduated because I had non-judgemental support from people who accepted me in the moment - where I was - and where I wanted to be next - and it was all on my own terms! After graduation I did 7 days of "0 Trace" living Mountaineering with Outward Bound, then was asked to volunteer as the Bridges IT Technician. 5 years later I am still there ... developed BridgesIT Support Services to raise IT standards every year which support clients, volunteers and staff who participate in the many facets of Bridges ... including the visionary aspects at work to help even more people move forward! Why? Because I know that Bridges has a transformative Recipe that works, and can be applied to many areas of transition in our community. I know it works! I am a graduate!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I worked very hard in Bridges 6 month program; bridge gaps in memory and brain function, relate to people, articulate myself again. I graduated because of non-judgemental people who accepted me in the moment, where I was, and where I WANTED to go!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that I make a difference in peoples lives with every single effort I give.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, patient, non-judgemental, compassionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help every person who is ready to move forward in their own lives, build fantastic print and web based educational resources and services to empower and guide, partner and connect organizations and businesses in the efforts to help men, women and youth!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

I started out at Bridge's with very low self esteem. I still have to remember to tune out the negative voices when they show themselves; fortunately, Bridge's played a very important role in helping me build the toolbox of skills I needed to do that. Another aspect I really appreciate is that Bridge's opened up opportunities for me to learn how to communicate better. Even though I have already graduated I have been invited back to continue to improve my communication through a course that has been added. It is perfect timing too. Bridge's has helped me get a positive focus and continues to encourage me to reach my personal and career goals. Bridge's offers many valuable courses. I think it would have been even better if the program was funded to be a little bit longer. The challenges that came up were handled in a way that I could learn to deal with a variety of situations that could very well come up at any job. I wish some of my friends who do not live in the area could take the online program by Bridge's. Apparently after the three year pilot project was successful then they no longer had the funding for that part of Bridge's. I really hope this changes. They could be helping so many women in remote communities to be contributing so much more when they do their jobs in the community after building up their strengths.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I found my voice. I no longer feel invisible. I can advocate for myself, not just others! I am calmer and cope with stresses that arise more easily. I feel like a woman who has a presence now. I am able to accept compliments now.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate funds, raise funds, so that more women can be helped. Especially finding funding for the online program that is ready to go but fundless! HELP BRIDGES BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITIES WITH CONFIDENT WOMEN!!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I now speak up for myself in a way other people want to listen to what I am saying.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, sincere and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to isolated communities of women that cannot come into the classes personally.

Ways to make it better...

i was able to take courses longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding cutbacks, they had funding for pilot projects that worked. Then, the funding was no longer there. Ouch!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am a mentee right now. I think everyone should have a mentor. Its a awesome confidence builder. Thanks Bridge's

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

I am only 4 months into my 9 month commitment with Bridges as a Career Mentor, and in just this short amount of time, Bridges has transformed my life in so many positive ways. Bridges is formed of a strong community of women from all walks of life, and together as mentors and mentess, we share our experiences and learn together hand in hand. The two facilitators of the program (Lola & Yvette)bring such a warm, loving, nurturing energy to the program, and I truly feel priviledged to be a part of it. I plan on continuing to be involved with Bridges for many years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, such as group training and workshops, personal development and one on one connections with my mentee.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to meet so many beautiful strong women and share our experiences with each other in order to grown and learn from each other.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, caring, sensitive, proffessional & knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a larger center where it could reach more women and possibly young girls. Provide more resources to the women of our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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