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Senator Gillibrand Promotes Veterans’ Bills

Flore Raphael addresses the audience at American Legion Post 310 with Sen. Gillibrand.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Nyack American Legion Post 310 on Friday, November 10th, to urge the Senate to pass two pieces of legislation that would boost federal employment of veterans and protect the ability of veterans and service members to access justice by allowing them to exercise their right to be heard in court.

The Empowering Federal Employment for Veterans Act of 2017 would make permanent and expand recent initiatives to improve veteran hiring practices in the 24 largest departments and agencies. 

The Justice for Service members and Veterans Act of 2017 would clarify and strengthen the rights of service members under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand & Izzy Quintana.

“We must fight for our veterans and service members as hard as they fought for us. I am proud to support these two bills, and I urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to join me in standing up for our veterans and service members by supporting this legislation.” said Senator Gillibrand.

Attending this event were Ismael “Izzy” Quintana and Flore Raphael, Veteran Outreach Coordinators for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program at BRiDGES.  Ms. Raphael was given the opportunity to address the audience and share her personal story of being a recently returning veteran and the difficulty she had in finding employment.  

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BRiDGES helps to “Scare Away Hunger”!

Rockland Community Against Hunger (RCAH) sponsored the 4th Annual Food Drive to “Scare Away Hunger” on October 21st and 22nd.  This wonderful event helps to support local food pantries and feeding programs throughout Rockland County.  Several BRiDGES employees were happy to volunteer and offer their support.  BRiDGES own food pantry received over 200 lbs of food and $300 to help fund their program. 

We want to send a huge “Thank You” to: 

● RCAH for sponsoring this event
● Girl Scouts from the Heart of the Hudson for their assistance
● To everyone that donated to this important cause

BRiDGES Receives Food Pantry Grant

BRiIDGES is honored to be among the recipients of Food Pantry Grants awarded by the Rockland Community Foundation and Inserra Supermarkets.  Dr. David Jacobsen (Executive Director, BRiDGES) was presented with a $600 grant on October 19th.  This grant will help to support the food pantry at BRiDGES.  Congratulations to all the grant winners! 


BRiDGES Takes Part in United Way Day of Caring

Members of BRiDGES staff were excited to participate in the United Way of Rockland 24th Annual Fall Day of Caring  on Friday, October 6th.  This wonderful event started with a kick off lunch and rally that allowed United Way of Rockland to thank the many participants in this years event.  Volunteers then reported to their assigned projects where they were able to lend a hand and make a difference. 

We would like to thank United Way of Rockland for allowing us the honor of taking part in this special day!


United Way Day of Caring

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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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‘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.

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.