Subject: News from The Bridge: Fall 2018

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Briefs from The Bridge

~Fall 2018

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks New Residence Opening
On December 6, more than 50 friends and supporters of The Bridge gathered to celebrate the opening of Maple Street Residence in Brooklyn.
Maple Street Residence
Bridge Board President Cynthia C. Wainwright welcomed everyone, and Bridge CEO Susan Wiviott introduced the speakers: Brett Hebner of the New York State Office of Mental Health; Blanca Ramirez of Hudson Housing Capital; Jennifer Trepinski of the Corporation for Supportive Housing; and Nancy C., a resident of the new building.
Pictured at the ribbon cutting are (from left to right): Tony Dipietrantonio, DP Group General Contractors; Mike Pilla, Jr., DP Group General Contractors; Warner Pinchback III, The Bridge Board; Albert E. Mayas, The Bridge Board; Alan Kersner, The Bridge Board; Andrew Knox, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects; Blanca Ramirez, Hudson Housing Capital; Brett Hebner, NYS Office of Mental Health; Karen Panariello, Hudson Housing Capital; Michael Ong, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects; Howard Rothschild, The Bridge Board; Nick Garin, The Bridge Board; Randall M., Maple Street Resident; Ron Garfunkel, The Bridge Board; Cynthia C. Wainwright, President of The Bridge Board of Directors; Jennifer Trepinski, Corporation for Supportive Housing; Susan Wiviott, CEO of The Bridge; Carol Buckler, The Bridge Board; Ron Cruikshank, The Bridge Board; Carole Gordon, The Bridge Senior Vice President, Housing Development
Photo by Tina Buckman

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the 66-unit mixed-use building offers permanent supportive housing to 50 adults with serious mental illness ready to live in independent housing, and 16 low income families and individuals from the community. The Bridge provides on-site case management services and 24-hour front desk coverage. The building also includes a community room and kitchen, computer lab, laundry, and two outdoor recreation areas for gardening and socialization. 

With the opening of Maple Street Residence, The Bridge now provides housing to 1,385 people in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Junior Board Halloween Party Raises $80,000 for Bridge Programs
The Bridge Junior Board's second annual Costumes and Cocktails Halloween party was held on October 26th at Angel Orensanz Foundation. More than 200 people attended, and the event raised over $80,000! Proceeds from the Halloween Party directly benefit The Bridge's programs. 

Thank you to everyone who supported the event! You can check out more pictures from the Halloween Party here!
The Bridge's Junior Board is a group of young professionals who volunteer their time, energy, and talents to raise awareness and funds to further The Bridge's mission. To learn more, please visit our website
Program Spotlight: CORE
The Bridge's CORE Team

Program Basics: CORE (Community Outreach for Recovery and Engagement) is a new Bridge program which aims to connect vulnerable New Yorkers to preventative care and social services.

Participants: CORE services are intended for individuals who have a behavioral health condition and are not fully connected to primary care services. This means that these individuals frequently visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital for preventable health conditions.

The Team: The multidisciplinary CORE team includes a mental health counselor, social worker, RN,  LPN, and substance abuse counselor/case manager. The team works collaboratively to provide intensive care management designed for each participant's individual health care needs.

Services Provided: CORE identifies and works with individuals who meet eligibility requirements and may benefit from better connections to health and social services. The team provides a variety of services to help participants become more engaged in their care and help them build a long-term relationship with a health care team in the community. These services include: Benefits and entitlements support, health education, linkages with community health care providers, and appointment reminders. Services are provided in the community in an effort to help participants transition to traditional clinic-based care.

Program Goals: CORE works with participants for six months. During that time, participants are connected to and encouraged to engage with health care and community resources. CORE team members gradually step back as the participant builds a relationship with their health care team. At the end of six months, participants should have a long-term health care team in place who can help keep the participant healthy and avoid unnecessary inpatient or emergency care. 


The Bridge provides CORE services in partnership with the Mount Sinai PPS and Coordinated Behavioral Care. For more information on this program, 
please visit our website
New Bridge Website Debuts

The Bridge has a new website! Please visit us at for more information on The Bridge, our programs, and ways you can get involved in our work.
Melrose Commons, The Bridge's newly opened permanent supportive housing program in the Bronx, was designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP). This fall, volunteers from MAP came to Melrose to spend time with the clients residing in the building. Everyone shared a pizza lunch and played bingo. Thank you to MAP for spending the day with us, and designing such a beautiful and welcoming building!
Please Support The Bridge's Work This Holiday Season
It’s the end of the year and the season to give thanks, reflect, and renew for what’s to come. Here at The Bridge, we’re feeling thankful for our supporters, who lend their resources to our mission and help us offer vulnerable individuals the help they need to lift themselves up, start new chapters, and live with dignity and independence. 

Thanks to you, The Bridge served over 2,800 New Yorkers this year, while building capacity to provide permanent, safe, stable homes for those who need them most. In 2018, fighting a citywide shortage of supportive and affordable housing, we opened and filled 124 new units, began construction on another 115, and continued developing 300 more. Programs like Aging Services and Creative Arts have expanded to serve more residents than ever; while central to many clients’ quality of life, they are non-vital “special initiatives” and depend in large part on private donors’ generosity. 

Looking back at 2018, there’s much that makes us grateful. We’re launching our Annual Appeal to round out a year of growth, celebrate the accomplishments of our Bridge community, and reflect on our ambitions for 2019. Look out for our emails highlighting the Bridge programs that serve vulnerable individuals during the longest and coldest nights of the year—we want to share stories, raise awareness, and celebrate the programs and people that need your help. 

We would encourage you to support The Bridge’s work by donating to the Annual Appeal. Your support is appreciated by the entire Bridge community.

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