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Feeling Grateful at NewBridge Services’ Thanksgiving Celebration

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NewBridge client Rachael Provenzale (right) with friend and fellow NewBridge client Nikki Wriggins.

 Rachael Provenzale “hit an all-time low” in her life nine months ago, she said. Connecting with NewBridge Services’ adult day treatment program helped her find her way back.

“Without my NewBridge family, I would not be standing here in front of you today…I’m not quite sure where I would be,” Provenzale told the more than 100 NewBridge clients, staff and volunteers gathered for NewBridge’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. “This Thanksgiving, the thing I’m most thankful for is NewBridge and each and every one of you,” the 36-year-old Wayne resident said.

The uplifting event was sponsored by Century 21 Crest Real Estate in Pompton Plains, Carl Stahl Sava Industries in Riverdale, and former NewBridge board member Andy Mainardi and his wife, Priscilla. “You are our family, and you are our neighbors,” said Carl Stahl President Chris Krasas.

NewBridge CEO Robert L. Parker said he was grateful to the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes for donating the use of the space.

Children from the Sunset Co-op Nursery School gave out handmade placemats to the

Jaxon Gratton was one of the preschoolers who handed out hand-made placemats.

guests before five clients spoke and a buffet of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, mixed vegetables and cranberry relish was served.

“Happy Thanksgiving!” exclaimed 4-year-old Jaxon Gratton as he moved through the room with his mom, a turkey hat atop his head.

NewBridge client Frank Majuri said he enjoyed the feast.

Frank Majuri, a longtime client of NewBridge Services, said he always enjoys the delicious food and the camaraderie at the Thanksgiving celebration. He too is grateful to NewBridge.  “I feel happy just being here,” said Majuri, who also lives in Wayne.

Katherine VanBeekum expressed gratitude for NewBridge, saying its adult day treatment program has helped her open up. “I used to keep everything boxed up inside me; now I’ve made many friends at NewBridge, and outside NewBridge,” said VanBeekum a mother of two who lives in Riverdale.

Provenzale described how even on the days she struggles to get out of bed, she musters the strength to attend NewBridge group sessions. She walks in to hear “almost everyone scream ‘Rachael,’ as if I’m some sort of local celebrity,” she said. “It makes all the effort it took seem effortless.”  

“We are beautiful people, and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!” client Jacki Romaine said.

NewBridge client Katherine VanBeekum.

 

NewBridge trustees Marie Episale, Betty Cass-Schmidt, and Jim Sarto. 

NewBridge Services, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey serving more than 7,200 adults and seniors last year alone. NewBridge treats mental illnesses and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief and challenging relationships; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school-based programs that teach children and adolescents resiliency skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their education and prepare for careers; and supports seniors so they can remain independent. Throughout its 56-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.

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