history_img5The founders of NewBridge were ahead of the curve in creating an organization adept at assessing and meeting the needs of its communities. That forward-thinking approach transformed NewBridge from a small mental health agency into a multi-service community nonprofit that helps more than 10,000 people – from young children to seniors – every year.

In 2012, NewBridge grew again when it created its Child and Family Services program to serve clients of the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Recognizing NewBridge’s expertise in children’s mental health services, New Jersey chose NewBridge over eight other providers and awarded the nonprofit a $1.4 million contract to serve victims of serious abuse and neglect, as well as their families, living in Morris and Sussex counties.

NewBridge has received numerous accolades over the years. In 2012 alone, the NewBridge Evans Place Housing project won a Governor’s Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Award, and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Parker won the prestigious Ann Klein Advocate Award, which recognizes those who make extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

NewBridge now employs more than 200 professionals who help people through five core program areas: counseling, addiction, housing, youth programs and senior services. With its headquarters still in Pequannock, NewBridge has offices in eight other towns and manages housing across six counties. It is licensed by the state Department of Human Services to provide mental health and addiction services and certified by the state Department of Community Affairs to build special needs housing.

Like NewBridge’s founders, today’s leadership is committed to helping people move forward by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them. As NewBridge embarks on its next 50 years, it stands as a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey.

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