In May 1927, a group of people concerned about the health and welfare of children with disabilities founded St. Louis Society for Crippled Children. Through several name changes, this organization served individuals with disabilities by providing clinical services, educational programming, support groups, and recreational services. As we approached our 90th anniversary we began to imagine what could be achieved in our second century.
With the future in mind, in February 2014 we became LifeBridge Partnership. In the course of developing a new name and brand, we also revisited our mission to ensure the work we were doing and planned to do was reflected in this brand and the mission we share with the community.
During the last 5 years, we have partnered with nearly 400 clients each year. Through LifeBridge Camps, the SPARK Club after school enrichment program, Youth Recreation, and Out & About, we have provided tens of thousands of hours of support services and accessible one-way trips to our clients so they can develop skills essential to participating in a meaningful and inclusive community life. We have visited with hundreds of children through disability awareness events to promote understanding and community inclusion. And, we have partnered with several hundred volunteers who have generously donated more than 17,500 hours of service to benefit our clients.
We appreciate the insight of our founders and the many people who have helped to shape LifeBridge Partnership during our 92 years. We look forward to partnering with our clients and community to ensure people with disabilities can develop skills for independence and pursue an active community life.