Celebrating 50 years of helping people move forward
Three community leaders in Pequannock Township, N.J., were among the first to heed a societal shift in the early1960s of a growing population struggling to cope with the demands of life. The Rev. Donner A. Atwood of The First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, Dr. Kurt Manrodt and municipal judge Herbert Irwin each realized he alone could not fix the problem, so they, along with concerned residents Mary Jane Kelly and James Ryan, joined forces to find a solution.
What the community desperately needed, they realized, was an organization that could provide professional treatment close to home. They understood that helping people bring balance to their lives would in turn strengthen the community.
On December 23, 1963, NewBridge Services, Inc. was founded as the Pequannock Valley Mental Health Center and opened its doors in the former Pompton Plains library, next to town hall. Its mission: to provide mental health services to adults and children in Pequannock and five neighboring towns in eastern Morris County.
The agency continually expanded its scope of services and the towns it covered. It wasn’t until 1998 – the year it earned national accreditation and began serving Passaic County – that it became NewBridge Services. The new name helped the organization build its identity as a premier service provider in northern New Jersey.