The LifeBridge community.
Community may be defined as a particular geographic area or a group of people working together toward a common goal or interest. LifeBridge Partnership was founded with the belief that children with disabilities should be part of and experience the community. While our mission statement and programs have changed through the years, we have maintained our focus on supporting people with disabilities in the community.
Why do people seek to be part of a community? Whether it’s identifying with where you live, where you went to high school, or your favorite sport team, people associate with a community because it provides a sense of belonging that enriches their lives. That sense of belonging is built through receiving help from others, sharing interests, assisting someone, playing and learning together…the list could go on.
In our Out & About program, adults with disabilities explore the St. Louis recreation and leisure scene, learn to use community resources, and connect with friends. At SPARK Club and LifeBridge Camps, youth clients enjoy community field trips, make new friends, and experience unique recreation activities. Of course, clients receive support from staff, but they also find ways to help each other and enjoy connecting with volunteers.
I feel blessed to be part of this LifeBridge community: to know our clients and to work side by side with our wonderfully talented and dedicated staff and to meet the many caring volunteers who selflessly give their time. Through it all, my life is enriched!