BRIDGES TRAINING FOUNDATION

Bridge Builder for Disabled

Midlothian, TX   |  www.bridgestf.org

Mission

Our mission is to elevate lives beyond limits and labels toward more independent living through education and encouragement — one person, one family, one community at a time.

Notes from the nonprofit

Bridges Training Foundation, LLC, located in Midlothian, Texas, was established in 2012, for the purpose of providing vocational, employment, educational, and recreational services for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The organization was founded by educators who recognized that there was a significant gap in services for young people with disabilities once they left the public school system. While enrolled in school an individual receives every type of service and support that is required. A student with a disability may receive speech and physical therapy, individualized instruction, special meals, social interaction, and pre-vocational training. However, upon graduation, all of those services go away. Sadly, without additional training and assistance, some individuals with a disability will experience a solitary life with very few options.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO

Mrs. Melissa Boler

Main address

110 E. Ohio

Midlothian, TX 76065 USA

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EIN

46-1579237

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. Employment is seen as crucial for improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities and considered a benchmark for measuring the success of special education programs. Yet the jobs picture is as bleak now it was more than a decade ago. Only 44 percent of intellectually disabled adults are currently in the labor force, either employed or looking for work, while just 34 percent are actually working, according to a survey by Special Olympics and conducted by Gallup and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. That compares with 83 percent of non-disabled, working-age adults who are in the workforce. "The needle has not changed in more than four decades," said Gary Siperstein, professor.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bridges To Work

Individualized vocational training for individuals with disabilities ages 18 plus.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

established in November 2012 with a primary goal of providing occupational and educational services to children and adults that have developmental disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

We work directly with the Texas Workforce Solutions in locating and job coaching individuals with disabilities

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Awards

TOP-RATED 2020

GREATNONPROFITS

Affiliations & memberships

Great Nonprofits 2020 Top-Rated 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

"Building a Bridge to a successful tomorrow for individuals with disabilities and those that support them"

Bridges Day program is designed to develop interpersonal, social, life and Transitional skills and behaviors that lead to being successful in life and potentially to the road of independence. The learning centers where our clients are exposed to structured learning activities that teach independence and confidence.

The learning center will teach and develop all the skills that many of us simply take for granted. For example, eating lunch for a non-disabled individual can be as simple as grabbing a TV dinner at the grocery store and throwing in the microwave, not necessarily so for our clients. Our clients need to learn how to go to the store, learn how to purchase the TV dinner, and then learn how to use the microwave, and sometimes they will have to be shown over and over again. Once again it isn't that they can't learn it, they just learn differently and often require repetition.

The learning center has access to the following hands on training venues and activities: Cooking, Cleaning, Laundry, Personal Hygiene, Reading , Math, Writing, Transactional Training and Development (money handling). In addition we also have projects were we do: T shirt creation, Shredding, Greeting Card Creation, Culinary Chiefs Training and Retail Operations.

Interpersonal Skills

a. Understanding a Diagnosis

b. Time Management

c. Computer Skills

d. Budgeting

e. Cooking

f. Cleaning

g. Exercise

h. Eating Healthy


Social skills Training

a. Crafts

b. Interacting with others

c. Shopping

d. Fundraisers

e. Hygiene Training

f. Understanding Nutrition

Pre-occupational skills

a. Working with others

b. Appropriate Conversations

c. Following Direction

d. Job Safety

e. Vocational Assessment/Aptitude

f. Customer Service Skills

Fitness Training

a. Exercise Capabilities Assessments

b. Dance

c. Kickboxing

d. Yoga

In the Community

a. Navigating Transportation

b. Money Exchange

c. Community Resources ( Library, Parks, Movie Theaters)

d. Community Behaviors

Bridges has worked with 167 individuals and their families and has secured 18 clients employment, we service 49 clients on a daily bases, we have after hours attendance of 26 consumers and we have 79 volunteers.

Our next steps include offer two day educational camps for work assessment and training and participate in the "Earn and Learn" project in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Solutions providing Job Coaching assistance for young adults attempting to enter the workforce.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Customer surveys and state oversite,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BRIDGES TRAINING FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs MeLissa Boler

State Of Texas

Melissa Boler

Navarro College Co-Op Waxahachie TX

Melissa Wolf

Midlothian ISD / Special ED Director

Kelly Cruzan

Business Owner

Christal Rents

Educator / Parent

Michael Vanamberg

Business Owner

Shellie Hemphill

Realtor / Parent

Alex Allred

Instructor / Author

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/18/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data