Bridge Meadows promotes health and well-being across three generations by providing permanent, adoptive homes for youth in foster care, supporting adoptive parents with resources and guidance, and helping elders retain meaning and purpose in their daily lives through a positive social connection.
Their residents have come from both near and far to be a part of the Bridge Meadows community. Adoptive families in need of supportive housing are typically referred to the organization through the Department of Human Services. Each of the families has agreed to provide permanence to three or more children (typically siblings) and are in some stage of that process prior to their arrival.
Elders come to the community from a variety of sources and referrals. Churches, family members, senior service organizations, online research, and word of mouth. Some of the elders (a term used to convey honor and respect to those 55 and older) have come from as far away as Colorado, Arizona, New York, and California, and as close as down the street!
Kinship House has been a partner with Bridge Meadows for several years providing on-site clinical support for families. We are excited to support them at their new community in Beaverton that is opening up this fall! I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the new site with the executive director, Derenda Schubert and another guest, Marcie Siegel-Kittrell of Boys & Girls Aid (another Kinship House Partner) this week.
To learn more about Bridge Meadows, click here.
— Dennise M. Kowalczyk (Kinship House – Development & Communications Director)