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About the Foundation

The Bridges Foundation, Inc.

Bridges Foundation, Inc.’s exclusive purpose is to increase community awareness and financial resources in support of the ongoing mission of Bridges, BTC of Brevard County.

BREVARD’S BEST-KEPT COMMUNITY SERVICE SECRET

J. Carey Gleason, CFRE, Executive Director of Bridges Foundation

Carey Gleason, CFRE, Executive Director of Bridges Foundation, Inc.

In April of 2014, the Foundation began its outreach for community support. Carey Gleason, Bridges Foundation, Inc. Executive Director, leads the effort to educate others and inspire their support. She developed a strong Foundation Board and has launched 2 signature events; ‘Wacky Tacky Golf Tourney’ and ‘Special Art, Special Hands’ (SASH). Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Gleason, her wonderful committees and our giving community, the Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Bridges, BTC programs and services.

WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT TODAY?

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and laid the foundation for significant social change by calling upon Americans to:

  • Provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential
  • Provide career planning, job coaching and supported employment

With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the goal of people with developmental disabilities leading productive, self-directed lives seemed within reach. National initiatives began to address the full spectrum of services needed for people with disabilities to live secure, fulfilling lives.

Passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, further championed this goal with programs of early intervention, special education and services to transition high schoolers into adulthood.

Today’s economic environment threatening advances made during the past 25 years. Taxpayer-funded programs for people with disabilities are now always under pressure and at risk:

School districts face shrinking budgets making it difficult to deliver special education mandates in schools. Medicaid, which has funded many employment and community-based residential programs. But we’ve come too far to turn back now.

HOPE AND HELP BEGIN WITH YOU

If you want to become a Bridges Foundation, Inc. member, volunteer or donate to help Bridges Foundation, Inc. spread the word and raise money, please call 321-690-3464, ext. 18.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-HELP-FLA or online at www.Floridaconsumerhelp.com, registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.”

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Bridges BTC #710093 | Bridges Foundation, Inc. #768519

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