BRIDGES, the Hinton Housing and Employment Society is a chartable, non-profit organization that serves as a community resource, a drop-in centre, a "soup kitchen," and offers employment assistance to individuals with disabilities.
BRIDGES stands for Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Goals and Employment Society. Our Mission is to develop, advocate and promote employment, support services and housing options within Hinton for persons with special mental health needs and their family members.
BRIDGES provides support, community-based programming, information and understanding to people living with: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic/anxiety disorder and other mental health problems. Our vision is that individuals with special mental health needs and their family members will receive the support, services and the opportunity within the community to enjoy lives which are secure and meaningful.
Please take a moment to browse our website and Facebook page; and learn more about our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. You’ll find a bit of history, information on what’s happening now, and resources that may be helpful. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
Christmas is one of the most special times of the year. For many, it is a time of spiritual celebration, gathering of family and friends, presents and food.
But for others, it is the saddest time of the year. It brings back memories of lost loved-ones, unable to provide for their family special things under the tree, a sense of failure, and missing all the folks back-home.
Many people suffer a “blue Christmas” as they try and struggle through, while others around them have embraced the celebration. Often, addictions and thoughts of suicide are at a higher than normal level.
Christmas has become a commercial trap for many, as they over buy and go into debt – just to show their love – or to keep up with the Jones.
This Christmas, I urge you to get back to the true meaning of Christmas, gather with family and friends and remember those less fortunate then you and reach out to the lonely and the loss.
And especially, if you are having a “blue Christmas,” don’t isolate yourself, get involved, be with people and remember…
If you are in crisis and need help call:
Hinton Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Help Line
Yellowhead Distress Line
Yellowhead Emergency Shelter
We would like to introduce you to our New Kitchen Crew at Bridges.
Toyin Sharman (Kitchen assistant), Judi Litzenberger (Food Services Coordinator), Marlene Pambrun (Head Cook).
Judi and her Kitchen staff promise nutritious "down home" cooking, service with a smile and some new and exciting menu items. Judi, Marlene and Toyin love to cook and all bring their own unique style and recipes to the table.
BRIDES also offers catering to your special event. Give Judi a call at (780)-865-4464 to discuss the options.
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
To all the Valued BRIDGES’ Members, Interagency Partners and the Hinton Community;
BRIDGES would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Employment Specialist for Persons with Disabilities - Shawn Hodder.
Shawn has been in this role since January 9, 2017, and is already fitting right in to the BRIDGES community.
With a background in Human Resources and Humanities, Shawn Hodder brings a recruiter's perspective to BRIDGES’ Employment Program. Shawn grew up in Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University and a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Durham College.
As our new employment specialist, Shawn has an open-door policy and is looking forward to working with the Hinton community to help overcome barriers to employment.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by and say “hi,” and introduce yourself to Shawn.
On behalf of the BRIDGES’ Staff and Board of Directors
Sept. 28, 2016
Dear Valued Bridges Members,
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Executive Director of BRIDGES The Hinton Housing and Employment Society. Brian Reid has been in this role since September 12, and is already fitting right in to the BRIDGES community. Brian has over 20 years experience in the Human Services, Adult Education and the Non-Profit sector.He has many years of varied experience working with and supporting individuals with disabilities, and was previously employed at the Canadian Mental Health Association. Brian and his wife (Chrissie) are fresh faces to Hinton, and are looking forward to becoming actively involved members of the community.
Brian’s experiences and qualifications are impressive in their own right, but we are most impressed by Brian’s open communication style. He has an open door policy and is interested in hearing from the members; past , present, and the future of BRIDGES. He is looking forward to having discussions about how Bridges has affected people’s lives and how we, as a community agency, can better serve the members.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by and say “hi,” and introduce yourself to Brian. Also, check out our monthly calendar, as well as renew your membership for the 2016-2017 year (if you have not had a chance to do so).
We look forward to working with you in the future to help BRIDGES continue to thrive as a valued agency in the community. We thank you for your continued support.
The Bridges Staff and Board of Directors