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“Moving Forward” Features Spotlight on BRiDGES

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BRiDGES is highlighted in the current issue of Moving Forward: The Newspaper of Rockland County Office of the Aging!

Written by: Dr. David Jacobsen, Executive Director of BRiDGES

The Mission Statement for BRiDGES articulates a vision of a fully accessible and integrated Rockland County community by charging the agency to emphasize advocacy and leadership, promoting health and autonomy for people with disabilities. The vision is extensive. The partnerships BRiDGES builds within the community are up to the task, because Rockland County is certainly “moving forward.”
This article provides an overview of the many services that are available through BRiDGES; however, it is important to also highlight how these services are available. Each service is focused on the needs and abilities of the people of Rockland County, and each service is made possible through collaborative efforts of both public and private agencies. As an organization, BRiDGES partners with more than 30 local service providers, including 5 County Departments and several New York State Agencies. As you continue through this article, hopefully you will notice how this agency lives up to its name: Building Relationships • Investing in Diversity • Genuinely Empowering Self…

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National Senior Citizens Day

Rockland County Office for the Aging hosted a marvelous event, complete with a Senior Citizens Walk and Resource Fair, at the Palisades Mall on August 21, 2017, in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day. BRiDGES partners with RCOFA through the CHORE Program, which provides volunteer minor home repair services for ages 60 years or more and people with disabilities in Rockland County. Dr. Jacobsen, who represented BRiDGES at the event, also serves on the RCOFA Advisory Council.

‘George To The Rescue’ renovates home of Nanuet organ donor advocate

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Roxanne Watson, who has become an organ donor advocate since her 2010 heart transplant, had the front and back of her Nanuet home renovated courtesy of NBC’s “George to the Rescue”. The finished product was unveiled Friday, August 4th.

Roxanne Watson is well-known for her generous spirit and big personality. She’s also a fierce advocate for organ donation.

The Nanuet resident is a recipient of a heart donated by 23-year-old Michael Blain Bovill, a Coast Guard E3 Fireman who died in July 2010, but gave the gift of life to five people.

She’s worked tirelessly to bring awareness of organ donation and to encourage people to sign up to be organ donors through Long Live NY. For her efforts, Watson got an unusual thank you.

The NBC show “George  To The Rescue” with host George Oliphant, did a complete makeover on Watson’s backyard, which was completed Friday. The show donates home renovations to people because of their good deeds. Long Live NY surprised Watson with a backyard renovation by Oliphant, her favorite home renovation expert.

The show picked Watson because of her dedication to signing up New York organ donors. “I feel awesome; it’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Watson says.

Department of Veterans Affairs host Town Hall in New City – 8/4/2017

100 local veterans attended a Town Hall on Friday with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss how the VA plans on modernizing its care.

The meeting began with the VA listing its top five priorities going forward, including: Giving veterans a greater choice of care, modernizing their infrastructure, focusing resources more efficiently, improving the timeliness of their services and suicide prevention.

Following the presentation, veterans expressed their concerns they have both in the present and in the future, and brought up issues like turnover in staff, inauthentic care, transportation and making sure veterans are not forgotten once they come home.

Upcoming Military Behavioral Health Training Classes – September 2017

Who: Veterans interested in helping other Veterans, Veteran Family Members, Providers working with Veterans

What: 12th Cycle of the 15 Hour Military Behavioral Health Training Program provided by the Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program

Where: RCC Technology Building (Room number will be provided in an updated email)

When: Saturday, September 9, 16, 23   ●  8:00am-1:00pm  ●  7:30am for coffee and carbs

Why: The course is aimed at providing cultural competency for those engaged in working with Veterans as well as outlining the criteria for establishing peer relationships between Veterans

Please share this information with Veterans, Veteran Family Members and those serving Veterans.

To participate or if you have any questions, please call or email: Allen L. Hershman at 845-500-1811 or or Lorraine Greenwell at 845-624-1366 ext. 112 or

BRiDGES Receives Two New Accessible Vehicles!

BRiDGES is very excited to take delivery of two brand new accessible vehicles today! Acquiring the vehicles was made possible through a grant funded by the New York State Department of Transportation. These vehicles will allow BRiDGES to provide the following essential services for people with disabilities:

  • Medical Appointments (including Veterans to the VA)
  • Advocacy Events
  • Community Outreach
  • Accessible Transportation
Dr. David Jacobsen, Executive Director of BRiDGES, signs for the new accessible vehicles.
BRiDGES staff members pose with one on the new buses.

East Ramapo Central School District 2017 Summer Food Service Program

Learn more at the East Ramapo CSD Food Services website

The East Ramapo CSD (Spring Valley) announces its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Site LocationBreakfast TimeLunch TimeMeal Service Dates
Eldorado Elementary School
1)Newcomer SIFE Program
2)Summer Academy High School Program
5 Eldorado Dr
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
7:30am – 8:30am11:30am – 1:00pm7/5-8/11/2017
Elmwood Elementary School
1)Special Education Extended School Year
2)Summer Computer Science Academy
43 Robert Pitt Drive
Monsey, NY 10952
8:30am-9:00am12:00pm-1:00pm7/5 - 8/16/2017
Hempstead Elementary School
Special Education
Extended School Year
80 Brick Church Rd
Spring Valley, NY 10977
8:30am-9:00am12:00pm-1:00pm7/6 – 8/16/2017
Kakiat School
East Ramapo Instrumental Music Program
465 Viola Road
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Lime Kiln School
Summer Health Sciences Academy
35 Lime Kiln Rd
Suffern, NY 10901

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program Information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.),should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program
information may be made available in languages other than English.

Persons interested in receiving more information should contact:

East Ramapo CSD (Spring Valley), 105 South Madison Ave., Spring Valley, NY 10977-5400