Bridges To Belonging

Stories of Dreams, Strength, and Belonging

Towards a Scale of Belonging

The APGAR scale is a test administered by doctors and nurses at birth that rates the health of an infant based on five factors: appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. In this edition of the New Story Group Newsletter, guest editor Isaiah Ritzmann asks: what would an APGAR scale for belonging look like? Here is […]

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Sharing Our Impact: 2016-17 Annual Report

Embracing Possibility, Enriching Community Friends and Supporters, We are pleased to share with you a summary of the impact we have collectively made this past year. It has been a year of learning, of growth, and a year of successes, and none of it would have been possible without the support of the families we […]

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The Business of Curating Dreams

The following story introduces us to Barb, an individual we have the honour of serving. This story was written for the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, and is included in their 2016/17 Annual Report. You can read their full report here. How Independent Facilitation is Making an Impact, one person at a time Bridges to […]

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“I like doing my job, I’m really proud of the work I do there. But I wasn’t feeling connected to my community. With the help of my facilitator, now I’m doing more things in my community.” Greg is a charming young man who participated in the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project. Dedicated and hard-working, he has […]

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Mackenzie’s Talent Reel

“You make me, a SUPERSTAR!”  MacKenzie dreams of performing for a living. She has been a dancer since she was three years old! MacKenzie attends St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School and will be graduating in June, 2018. She hopes to attend Conestoga College’s CICE Program. In the meantime MacKenzie is connecting with talent agencies and […]

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“A community where everyone belongs is the community I want to live in” – A Volunteer Story

This reflection on volunteering for Bridges to Belonging comes to us from Christina Koenig, a member of our board of directors: I do sometimes feel I am new to Bridges to Belonging Waterloo Region.  After all, my adventure as someone on a Steering Committee and now on the Board began not too long ago when […]

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Happy Holidays and Thanks for a Wonderful Year

From everyone at Bridges to Belonging, we would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and thank you for a wonderful year. Every year is filled with its highs and lows, but for our organization and the people we serve, this year we has been special: We started the year as Facile […]

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Independent Facilitation: A Parent’s Story

At age 21 our daughter Kelsey finished her high school program. Where she had been spending her days in school, we were unable to find any suitable/affordable day programs for her to fill her now empty days. I was working part-time as a PSW the hours she was attending school, however, as she needs support […]

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Belonging, Our Work, and Rick’s Story – WR Vital Signs Launch

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation launched the 2016 Vital Signs Report this month and invited our Executive Director to speak about our work, our focus on belonging, and share Rick’s story. Click below to watch the speech, and click here to look at the 2016 Vital Signs Report. *Photo courtesy of Dawne Taylor-Gilders of […]

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Finding Allies for Your Hopes and Dreams

Danielle, Emily and Connie, three adult sisters living in a mid-size urban Ontario community, share their path of transition in creating a successful move to living independently together in an apartment in the same neighborhood as their parents. This is a journey about three siblings and their parents, which began two years ago and expanded […]

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