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New Program Brings Behavioral Health Services to Bridge Communities Residents

Families living in Bridge Communities housing in Glendale Heights, Addison, Lombard and Glen Ellyn now have access to behavioral health services through a new partnership between Bridge Communities and Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center.

The “Bridge Communities Partnership” program will provide individual, family and group family therapy, including psychiatric services as needed, to Bridge Communities residents. Metropolitan Family Services DuPage will provide the services at its Wheaton Center.

“In our ongoing mission to help our families achieve independence, it was apparent that Metropolitan Family Services DuPage had the breadth and depth of services and professional therapists to address the varied behavioral health issues of our families,” says Tom Thiltgen, Director of Case Management for Bridge Communities. “The flexibility and skill of Metropolitan’s staff, and their multiple locations, have been of great value to Bridge.”

Bridge Communities provides free transitional housing to 131 homeless DuPage County families each year. During the two years each family spends at Bridge, they benefit from supportive services and a stable environment. Families are able to save money, learn budgeting skills, and obtain better employment, so they can live self-sufficiently once they graduate from Bridge’s program.

“The challenges related to homelessness cause immense strain, especially for those with children,” says Theresa Nihill, Chief Operating Officer of Metropolitan Family Services. “Metropolitan is enthused about working with Bridge to help ensure that families succeed emotionally as well as economically as they lay the foundation for personal independence.”

About Bridge Communities
Bridge Communities, Inc. is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization whose mission is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing and supportive services. Bridge Communities’ vision is a community where all families are healthy, financially stable and living in affordable housing. For more information, please visit www.bridgecommunities.org or contact Lisa Doyle, communications manager, at 630-545-0610, ext. 30 or lisa.doyle@bridgecommunities.org.

About Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center
Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, started more than 80 years ago, is a family service/mental health agency serving some of DuPage County’s most vulnerable children and families. Whether through early childhood education, parent education, family therapy, youth mentoring, psychiatric and mental health services for all ages, or services for older adults and their caregivers, Metropolitan “mpowers” individuals and families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive.