Community Bridges

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Community Bridges is made up of a wide range of people from all over the area, and because of our different interests and our different needs we all have a unique story to tell. Stories about how we first learned of Community Bridges. Stories about the major changes in our life that were made possible with the help of Community Bridges. And stories of celebration that we’re eager to share just for their sheer joyfulness.

We would like to know your story and help you share it with your extended Community Bridges’ family.

  • If you look back over your years of being a part of Community Bridges, what experiences come to mind? What event stands out as the most delightful?
  • Can you tell us about an experience with your loved one that inspired you and your faith in the strength of our community?
  • When was the first time you heard of our organization? Who lead you to us? What was happening?
  • Was there a specific moment when you felt especially connected with the mission of our organization?
  • What do you tell others about Community Bridges? How do you describe Community Bridges to your family and friends?
  • When did you first experience the special ways in which your loved ones could share their gifts with the world? What was that day like?

We treasure the information that you share because we treasure you. We honor your stories because we honor you. And we invite you to share what inspires you because you inspire us every day.

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5 stories shared.

  1. Chester Hill got a job at Market Basket as a bagger approximately 3 ½ years ago. When he started it was a challenge for him to remember his schedule, to get up on time in the morning, to shave and wear the right clothing as well as the right foot wear. He also was having some difficulty at work remembering how to bag the groceries and socializing a little too much.

    Through services from Community Bridges, he received assistance copying his work schedule on to his monthly calendar at home so he could check which days he worked. He got a morning phone call at 7:30 am to wake him up and remind him to start getting ready for work. At 8:00 am his staff would arrive and help him finish getting ready – like reminding him to wear his tie and assisting him with packing his lunch. Then he was given a ride to work so he would get there on time. Through SEP hours he received assistance to help decrease the amount of socialization he did at work and was taught how to bag groceries so they would not get damaged.

    Now Chester does not need to be called in the morning as he gets up after hearing his alarm clock go off. He remembers to wear the appropriate work attire and which days he is scheduled to work. The days that his support provider is not there he knows that he needs to leave 45 minutes early so he gets to work on time. At work, his boss has indicated more than once that he is doing very well and the regular costumers have become very fond of him.

  2. Elizabeth is a 23 yr. old young woman from Bow who started services with Community Bridges in September, 2009. She had just graduated from high school and was looking to fill the new void in her weekly schedule with a variety of meaningful activities. With just 5 hours of support each week; Elizabeth has since created a full and meaningful schedule and developed a wide network of community connections. Elizabeth’s weekly schedule includes working at Heritage Havenwood Heights in the dietary department approximately 15 hours/wk, volunteering at the YMCA, Sierra Club, Concord Community Music School and the Democratic Campaign offices. She also participates in yoga and zumba classes and is involved in a bowling league. One of Elizabeth’s challenges was how to secure transportation for her from Bow to Concord where all of her activities take place. Elizabeth learned the Concord bus routes, researched many other transportation options and made connections with local taxis and other transportation services. In addition, Elizabeth reached out to her neighbors and community for help with her transportation needs. Elizabeth is able to participate in all of her activities as a result of the connections that she has made. She demonstrates her appreciation for the help that she receives with transportation by regularly baking or making small gifts to give as tokens of her thanks. Elizabeth also makes and attends all of her own appointments whether for medical or personal needs such as getting her haircut. Elizabeth is proud of her accomplishments and enjoys the opportunity to live her life more fully and independently as the result of her support from Community Bridges.

  3. We want to thank you all for everything you did for Tucker and our family. We appreciate that you were doing your job but we feel that you all went above and beyond. You are all so kind and so eager to share any information that you have with your clients. Tucker is doing very well at school. The first month was a very difficult transition. He now has a one-on-one, Corey, and he loves her. You are all missed. We really enjoyed having you in our home. We hope that everything is well with all of you and your families and that you have a great holiday season.

  4. How do you define success? For me, it has been an awesome journey that could never have been made alone. It all began in Nashua where I was born on January 20, 1987 in the middle of a HUGE snow storm. (Or so my mom always told me.)

    I started school in Bedford and worked with wonderful teachers who helped me along the way. A very special one was Mrs. Toland who introduced me to the autoharp in the fourth grade. We had lessons every Friday and I played in classroom performances and found I loved music and performing! I played at school and at church and every chance I got. I even started piano lessons.

    In seventh grade we moved to Bow, New Hampshire because there was no high school at that time in Bedford. At first, I hated to say goodbye to all of my friends, but then I met a whole group of new ones! At Bow Memorial School I worked with Gail Garner and at Bow High School I worked with Margaret Brown. Of course, I had lots of other wonderful teachers, as well, but these teachers helped me every step of the way. I also continued playing my autoharp and the piano! It helped me pick my next step after high school…Berkshir e Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. I learned a lot about music there, but what was really different was living away from home. I got a chance to perform a lot, and met a great group of people, and after two years I graduated.

    When I moved back with my parents I started looking for a job. I got my first one at Sam’s Club. I did greeting and cart collection for them, but they laid me off because it was not going well. It taught me that I needed more support. That’s where Community Bridges came in. I began looking for other jobs. It was stressful at times, but luckily I had a Job Coach with me from Community Bridges, Jack Gibson. We looked for almost a year for a job, and nothing turned up.

    Then, just when I thought I might never find a job, Concord Hospital started a new program called Project Search. It was another turning point for me. I was there for one year and did four neat internships. I learned how to be a good employee. (Sometimes, I even got to play the baby grand piano in the entrance way of the hospital!) I met some great friends.

    During this time I was very lucky, because my brother Ben who is two years older than I am, invited me to share an apartment with him in Concord. It was a crazy experience sometimes with two bachelors living together, but he helped me learn about being independent in a way I never could have without him.

    After Project Search, I got my very own apartment. I got a terrific job at Dartmouth-Hitch cock Clinic, found a small job at the YMCA for a membership, shovel the walks for a few downtown businesses and really have learned to love my life and my community. My success would never have been possible without so many who helped me along the way: my family, Project Search, Dartmouth-Hitch cock, Community Bridges, Kirk Olson and many more have helped accomplish what I have today.

    The best part is, I believe my success story is just beginning!

  5. I wanted to recognize the terrific work that Sarah Van Ham, Occupational Therapist, has done with our son, Alexander Badmaev.

    Since mid-summer Sarah has assisted Alex with working toward his developmental milestones. His progress has given us optimism during what has been an incredibly challenging time with many outstanding questions about his undiagnosed syndrome.

    Sarah’s expert knowledge, tremendous patience, and routine therapy with Alex have been critical to his success. She has continually introduced new activities, stretches, and even created customized resting hand splints to help with his development. Sarah has also been actively engaged in his care, flexible with our needs, and a great listener/communicator.

    We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with Sarah and for everything she has done for our son.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.