- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
It was at the gathering, which took place at the West Essex First Aid Squad building, that Chehade announced that The Bridge will be moving from its present location next to the Caldwell Post Office at 14 Park Avenue, to its new location at 878 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell. The move is expected to come sometime in 2015. The location was last owned by the auto dealer Executive Cars.
"We are really pleased to announce
we have purchased a building in West Caldwell," Chehade expressed,
"an over 5000 square foot building
- the old Johnny's Motors, the old Executive Cars.
This is going to be a huge statement to this community
about the good things that we are doing we letting people know
our doors are open to everyone; to parents to children to adolescents
to people who are in need.
We are looking at this building as a symbol
of all the good things that we can do to enhance lives."
The Bridge offers a variety of high quality, cost-effective, professional mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment services to adolescents, adults and families. The programs they offer are as follows:
- Counseling Services
- Adult Substance Abuse Services
- Family Crisis Intervention Counseling Services
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Services
- School Based Substance Abuse Prevention Services
- Family Preservation Program
- Stepping Stones, Women's Addiction Services
"We're offering support for kids who have ADHD, stress reduction
for young adolescents, yoga for teens," Chehade commented.
"But we're infusing all this with our clinical work.
We have LCSWs, we have social workers, psychologists,
we have people, who know what they are doing, here to help."
The Bridge is a private, non-profit 501c3 agency which helps families regardless of their ability to pay; all contributions are tax deductible. To make a donation, click online here.
"It's is an incredible place," Chehade enthused.
"The Bridge has such dedicated people
who work day after day helping people on their path towards wholeness.
People who are suffering from addictions, suffering from depression,
from anxiety, who need a place, who are looking for something to help them
take that next step to get up the next day and continue on with their lives."
Executive Director Inya Chehade, MSW
14 Park Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
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The Bridge is a private non-profit community based agency that has been helping families in the Essex County area since 1971. Its services are designed to strengthen the family and promote the personal growth of children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Individual, group and family counseling are offered by culturally diverse, skilled professional staff in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. The Bridge is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Human Services to provide drug and alcohol treatment services. Their funding support comes from federal, state, county and municipal government sources as well as private philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations. The Bridge is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Code, therefore all contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Vero Amici for Charity was established in December, 2005, by local men from the West Essex community. The mission of Vero Amici, which translates to "True Friends," is to raise money through charitable contributions that are dedicated for children, citizens with disabilities, senior citizens and under-privileged youths who need medical or financial assistance and to promote local awareness in our communities. The values of Vero Amici come from the individuals that make up their association. These individuals are compassionate, committed and most importantly, caring.