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BRIDGEPORT NONPROFITS MERGE TO FURTHER THEIR GOALS

BRIDGEPORT, CT, February 21, 2017 – By Keila Torres Ocasio, Connecticut Post

Their missions are similar and so are the populations they serve.

So for the leaders and boards of two local nonprofits the idea of working together to further each of their organizations’ goals just made sense.

“It gives us a greater opportunity to build a stronger partnership and a more robust advocacy agenda for children in Bridgeport,” said Mary Pat Healy, immediate past executive director of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, which last week announced it was merging with LifeBridge Community Services.

The entities will now be known as Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition: The Center for Research and Advocacy at LifeBridge Community Services.

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LIFEBRIDGE AWARDED $1 MILLION GRANT TO PROVIDE CAREER READINESS TRAINING FOR AT-RISK YOUTH AND COURT-INVOLVED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

BRIDGEPORT, CT, December 28, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that LifeBridge Community Services will be awarded $1 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers. LifeBridge is one of six non-profit organizations who received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics.

The goal of these projects is for students to graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, post-secondary education or a registered apprenticeship. These grants will provide students: exposure to the world of work, mentoring to encourage students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency, and supportive services like transportation and books to sustain their involvement in the program and in school. The students will be mentored by justice and emergency services personnel, including judges, attorneys, sociologists, and forensic scientists.

“Preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future is our foremost duty as a nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Regardless of their circumstances, every child in America deserves the chance to aspire toward their highest and best dreams. These grants will help our youth lead better lives and put them on a pathway toward fulfilling careers of service.”

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LIFEBRIDGE CEO EARNS LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM BRIDGEPORT BUSINESS GROUP

Bridgeport, CT December 2016 – Meredith Guinness/Bridgeport Daily Voice

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council has chosen William J. Hass, president and CEO  of LifeBridge Community Services, to receive the Susan L. Davis Leadership Award.

The award is given to “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and impact on improving the health and welfare of our region and its residents,” according to a statement from LifeBridge.

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A COMMUNITY CLOSET IN BRIDGEPORT HELPS FELLOW LATINOS

Bridgeport, CT October 2016 – Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com

Six years ago, Providencia “Angie” Astacio fell on hard times, was left with little hope, and ended up homeless. Her cousin took her to LifeBridge Community Services’ Community Closet in Bridgeport, Connecticut in search of clothes and other provisions. Neither of them had any idea how significant the Community Closet would be in rebuilding Astacio’s life.

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BRIDGE TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE BENEFITS LIFEBRIDGE OF BRIDGEPORT

Bridgeport, CT July 13, 2016 – Bridge players visited Brooklawn Country Club for LifeBridge’s seventh annual “Bridge to a Brighter Future.”

The popular tournament allows players to compete in their choice of ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge or more relaxed social bridge games at the event, which is a fundraiser for LifeBridge Community Services. The day included a buffet lunch, prizes, and a Chinese Auction along with a choice of social or ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge.

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CUTS TO DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS LEAVE PARENTS ANGRY, SCRAMBLING IN CONNECTICUT

New Haven, CT July 9, 2016 – Michelle Duprey, who heads New Haven’s Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities, said she is concerned with the state’s decision to eliminate the 35 interpreters for the deaf that the city, as well as the courts and medical offices, count on to help these individuals access services. Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said 35 interpreters were given 16 days notice their jobs were being eliminated, as well as five clerical positions, while the state said 25 will be laid off.

William Hass, president and CEO of Lifebridge Community Services in Bridgeport, provides certified interpreters, in addition to other services. He said he has three full-time job openings and as many as 30 part-time.“We are being deluged with calls from vendors,” Hass said. “We are trying to staff up as much as we can.”

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LIFEBRIDGE LAUNCHES FRESH PRODUCE DELIVERY PROGRAM IN BRIDGEPORT

Bridgeport, CT June 2, 2016 – West End residents have a new, vital source for fresh produce delivered right to their neighborhood, thanks to Bridgeport-based LifeBridge’s new Fresh Connections program.

Launched at Gary Crooks Community Center Wednesday, the initiative offers families an affordable way to bring Connecticut-grown fruits and vegetables to their tables while also looking for ways to improve all aspects of their lives. “This is about so much more than delivering food,” said Susan Tabachnick, director of Fresh Connections. “It’s a pathway to self-sufficiency. Food is a good way to start that conversation.”

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FAIRFIELD U. STUDENT WINS CASH, ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEA

Bridgeport, CT June 2, 2016 – Fairfield University senior George Pertesis won the grand prize of LifeBridge’s “Shark University,” which includes $500 and five hours of personal consultation from W.S. “Tucker” Mays, principal of OptiMarket. 

The competition, held Thursday, April 14 at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery for the second year, had four student teams from Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport. Pertesis won for his panel on Thrivio. As someone who is hard of hearing, Pertesis recognizes the problem that people with disabilities struggle to find a platform to find trusted reviews on products and services and a place where they can connect with people of similar needs.

Recognizing this need, he developed Thrivio, which helps users find reliable products and services through Thrivio’s rating and review system, and helps the community share and engage with a network of users with similar needs through Thrivio’s social media platform. His goal is to solve these problems so that those who are disabled have can participate fully in society. “At LifeBridge we know there are many pathways to success,” said Bill Hass., LifeBridge president and chief executive officer.

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BRIDGEPORT-BASED LIFEBRIDGE HONORS TRUMBULL COUPLE FOR SERVICE

Bridgeport, CT May 6, 2016 – LifeBridge Community Services on Thursday bestowed its first-ever Community Impact Award on Ernest and Joan Trefz, honoring the longtime Trumbull couple for their business and philanthropic support for Bridgeport and the region. 

The Bridgeport-based organization had its Food for Thought breakfast at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, welcoming nearly 300 guests to hear featured speaker John Choate, a former Navy SEAL, who spoke to the group about the power of shared self-awareness, dynamic communication and mission planning and practice. In honoring the Trefzs, LifeBridge President Bill Hass applauded the couple’s tireless work throughout the region.

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BRIDGEPORT’S LIFEBRIDGE HONORING COUPLE FOR COMMUNITY WORK AT BREAKFAST

Bridgeport, CT May 3, 2016 – Trumbull residents Ernest and Joan Trefz will be honored with the first annual LifeBridge Community Impact Award at the organization’s Food For Thought breakfast event.  

“The Trefzs have earned the respect and admiration of the Bridgeport community for the time, energy and leadership they have given to countless boards and commissions, and its gratitude for their extraordinary philanthropic support to a wide cross section of community organizations,” said Bill Hass, president and CEO of LifeBridge Community Services. The award recognizes an outstanding individual, business or organization whose leadership and commitment makes the Bridgeport community a better place to live.

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LIFEBRIDGE, FAIRFIELD COUNSELING MERGER EXPANDS SERVICES FOR BRIDGEPORT

Fairfield, CT April 13, 2016 – Bridgeport-based LifeBridge Community Services and Fairfield Counseling Services (FCS) on Tuesday announced their merger, a plan to provide enhanced human and behavioral health services to about 4,000 area residents each year. 

“We worked very hard to make this happen,” said Bill Haas, president and CEO of LifeBridge. “It was a very forward-thinking and foreward-moving event that took place.” The merger was effective April 1, and FCS will become a program of LifeBridge Community Services. It will continue to operate under its name at its current location, 125 Penfield Road, Fairfield.

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LIFEBRIDGE SPONSORS BRIDGEPORT YOUTH SUMMIT BRINGING 1,500 YOUTH TO WEBSTER BANK ARENA

Bridgeport, CT March 30, 2016 – The Bridgeport Youth Summit Port of Opportunity will bring 1,500 Bridgeport youth to the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on Friday, April 1.

The event is envisioned as a day to mark a new direction in supporting Bridgeport youth. It’s being planned under the auspices of Bridgeport Prospers, the cradle-to-career collective impact movement in Bridgeport. United Way of Coastal Fairfield County is the backbone support organization for this movement. Over 65 youth and adults have been meeting for a year to make the Bridgeport Youth Summit a reality. “It will be an exciting, relevant and dynamic day for Bridgeport youth,” a news release notes. “We are not only working to close the achievement gap, we are working to close the opportunity gap.”

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GIVING DAY RAISES RECORD $1.25M FOR NONPROFITS

Bridgeport, CT March 11, 2016 – LifeBridge Raises $17,269 on Giving Day

It was a record day for Fairfield County’s Giving Day on Thursday with more than $1.25 million raised for nonprofits. In just one day, the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s third-annual fundraising drive raised $1,246,964.09. according to its web site. “In a landslide day of giving, the third annual Fairfield County’s Giving Day exceeded all expectations by raising a total of $1,246,964.09. In just 24 hours, thousands of individuals united to prove the amazing generosity in our neighborhoods for our important nonprofit sector. Community-wide events, nonprofit performances and a groundswell of support led to widespread buzz and excitement.

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PRESS RELEASES

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS PROVIDING HEALTHY CHOICES IN BRIDGEPORT

Bridgeport, CT November 9, 2015 – LifeBridge Boosts Bridgeport’s Culture of Health with New Healthy Foods Enterprise

LifeBridge Community Services a 166 year-old 501(c)(3) social service agency will announce a $800,000 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to develop a new produce supply and delivery enterprise that will provide affordable, fresh fruit and vegetables in food desert areas where many of Bridgeport’s poorest people live. LifeBridge will collaborate closely with the City’s network of government and non-profit agencies to increase the aggregate impact of their efforts to address hunger and enable low-income families to obtain healthy and nutritious food. LifeBridge will build on its experience, community networks, commercial relationships in the food industry, and knowledge of low-income “customer” populations to launch the enterprise. The anticipated shift to healthier eating behaviors will be enhanced by LifeBridge’s engagement of residents in coordinated, comprehensive social services drawn from its extensive array of behavioral health, economic empowerment and social enterprise services. This new LifeBridge enterprise and related activities with food-based partner services will create over 40 new full-time jobs, 75% of which will be targeted for low-income individuals.

“LifeBridge has been a constant force against poverty in Bridgeport for years. Their Healthy Food program is an innovative way to meet the growing demand for fresh, healthy food by delivering it right to the doorsteps of city residents most in need. I’m proud to support this program.”  

– U.S. Senator Chris Murph

KEY PROJECT PARTNERS

  • CT Food Bank / one of two food procurement partners to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Lindley Food Service / one of two food procurement partners to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Walters Memorial AME Zion Church / Walters Center will be our main packing facility as well as a distribution site
  • Park City Communities (Housing Authority for City of Bridgeport)
    • Two public housing developments (kitchen/community rooms) will serve as distribution sites

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HEARST MEDIA SERVICES NAMES LIFEBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES A WINNER OF THE CONNECTICUT SOUTH 2015 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

Bridgeport, CT September 2015 – LifeBridge Community Services has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by Hearst Media Services. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.

“The talented and dedicated Staff and Volunteers are what make LifeBridge such a great place to work. They give of themselves 100% everyday to make the lives of our clients better.”                                   – William Hass, President & CEO, LifeBridge

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