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Bridges Training Foundation

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Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Health, Human Services, Job Training, Special Education

Mission: To promote disability awareness and inspire everyone to be valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Our goal is to elevate individuals with disabilities lives beyond limits and labels toward more independent living through education, encouragement, support and inclusion — one person, one family, one community at a time.

Results: We have worked with over 500 families thus far since 2012 JUST IN 2018-2020 WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE: 1,835 ​hours of Autism support 2,175 hours ​​of job coaching 24,007 hours of curriculum-based academics 128 client job placements

Target demographics: Individuals with disabilities

Geographic areas served: North Texas area

Programs: Founded in 2012 by MeLissa and Michael Boler, Bridges Training Foundation is a complete life center for individuals with disabilities or special needs, their families, and the greater community.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Highly recommend, they truly care about the people who walk into the doors.
Bridges also goes above and beyond for all of their clients and truly care for the individuals success!

Danielle B.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Highly recommend they have an awesome staff that are very helpful and friendly.

Sheila Dellinger P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation not only provides job training, placement and assistance to the individuals with special needs now,but they also go above and beyond in saying they support their clients for life! The care and compassion that goes into each and every client is unmatched!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bridges doesn't just help me look for a job, they help me with life!

Jenifer B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since it's inception Bridges Training Foundation has been impactful in Ellis county and surrounding counties. The vision of providing opportunities to enhance and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs as well as support and advocacy for their families has been a driving force for all the programs and services they have provided the community. The programs are designed and carried out with not just the individuals they know in mind but also considering the needs of individuals they have yet to encounter. The founders and employees at Bridges Training Foundation work tirelessly to support the special needs community.
Jenifer - parent of client served, volunteer, professional, and friend

Kim Meeker M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bridges Foundation provides more than skills and empowerment to the families in need they serve. Bridges provides opportunities for the abled in our community to serve those that have been underserved and pushed to the fringe of our society. By hosting community events for all, opening the Bazaar, and facilitating interactions through jobs and social activities - Bridges educates, enlightens, and elevates the lives of any that take even a moment’s time to interact with the organization. As a family, we have had multiple touch points with Bridges and everyone has left a lasting impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being involved with Bridges Training Foundation for about a decade now. The founders - Michael and Melissa Boler - have created an organization that is a vital part of the fabric of our community here in Midlothian, Texas as well as the surrounding communities who benefit from their services. Our family became involved with Bridges as their mission to help developmentally challenged teens and adults with life skills, job training and social skills is near and dear to us, as we have two sons on the autism spectrum. They fill a need that has been historically lacking in resources and bring hope to these individuals and their families. My wife, Shelley has sat on their board of directors for several years, we have been involved in their fundraising efforts and have been part of many other activities offered by Bridges. At the end of the day, their impact on our community and people is immeasurable and we are a better community because they exist. Todd Hemphill (Midlothian resident)

Katrina Sirls W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Michael and Melissa are two of the most beautiful souls I have had the pleasure of working with/for. I first heard about Bridges when I was assigned to go there for my fieldwork rotation at school. I was blessed to be surrounded by their clients, whom I LOVED going to see every week. I was also able to be a part of their vocational program in 2019. It was intrinsically rewarding to be a part of their program. Bridges fills a gap that was so needed in the community of people with IDD. It allows their clients to continue learning and applying life skills and to challenge themselves to be as independent as possible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to the big BBQ bash two years and I believe that the Bridges Foundation really takes the time and effort to help these kids in ways that no one else does. Yea and thanks for all you do.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation goes above and beyond for all of their clients. They take “what is best for the client” to a whole new level and make sure each and every person is taken care of. Truly an amazing nonprofit.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Bridges, and have been impressed by the professionalism of the staff and their consistent focus on developing services individualized for the needs and desires of each person with a disability. The organization recognizes that programs and resources for people with disabilities are limited, but applies effort to design services that meet the needs of the community and the people they serve.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worthwhile nonprofit making a positive impact on the furtherance of opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Melissa and Michael are dedicated to their calling of making a quality life available to those individuals who “fall through the cracks” after High School. Their mission is clearly to enable individuals with opportunities that prove they are contributing, valuable members of society.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation is one of the organizations that truly commits to serving this population. Not only do they have a passion to change lives they are in it for the long haul. They endeavor to meet the needs of each individual where they are, meaning what do they need to have there life changed for the better.

This could mean anything from finding them a job to providing a social outlet or life skills training, vocational development in preparation for a future job, academics, money exchange, conflict resolution, advocacy for the whole family not just the individuals they work with i.e. navigating the social services system, education system, transportation, support groups for parents and care givers.

lots of people ask what does bridges do?? The true answer even though its a little vague is "what do you need"

Bridges is an organization that is focused on the point of need of the individuals they work with and to that end, you cant find a more caring and committed group of folks to urn to when you need help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

2 years ago, I moved from the east coast with my Autistic young adult son for reasons, unfortunately, that didn't work out for him. With no family or friends, I had to navigate my way in finding a life for my son. Bridges Training Foundation wasn't only an incredible resource but they embraced my son and I, both. Bridges is unique in its advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs , while lending total support for the parent(s) and caregivers. Their comprehensive leveled training system is second to none. Their focus on ability, not disability, facilitates an individuals confidence leading to the success of purposeful life. I will be forever grateful for "open doors" and heart of Bridges Training Foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has created the most caring, encouraging and uplifting environment for special needs individuals and their families.
We could not have found a better place for our daughter after high school ended for her. The administration is highly ethical and dedicated to their mission of providing a safe place for her to continue in her adult development. We need for this organization to expand in order to allow many more young with special adults to have this exceptional opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just being a small part of helping out with bridges and seeing the big difference they make in the community fills your heart with joy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation favorably enhances the quality of life for precious souls living with disabilities. The COVID-19 Pandemic has altered the way Bridges extends services, but programs are being modified to maximize the benefit to each client. The flexibility and total client focus are two reasons why I am a Proud Bridges board member and Supporter. Now, more than ever, Bridges Training Foundation needs your help! Thank you for your consideration.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bridges commitment to serving special populations is topped by no other non profit in the area. Their motto “what is best for the client” is the driving force that propels them forward. Each employee and each decision places the utmost emphasis on the needs of each individual client.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation puts individuals with special needs at the top. They treat them with dignity and respect. They are given educational opportunities for both continued academic learning as well as daily living skills. My daughter loves her Bridges Family and so do we!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bridges helped my adult son write his resume, practice interviewing, and helped him find a job. They did more in a month than the Texas Workforce did in a couple of years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bridges Foundation cares about all of its clients and works with them in everyway possible. Our county has few affordable resources for handicapped adults either providing job coaching, socialization among peers, and continuing education. Bridges help caregivers/families with needed help in understanding of their client/child.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bridges Training Foundation is a much needed, wonderful organization that improves the lives of young adults! Bridges not only advocates, teaches and finds job placements for these precious people, but also offers a friendly place to feel and be apart of a community.