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Gratitude Abounds at NewBridge Thanksgiving Celebration

Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Gratitude abounded at NewBridge Services' uplifting Thanksgiving celebration. Lillian Blood and Julia Hewlett were among the guests.

NewBridge clients Lillian Blood and Julia Hewlett enjoyed NewBridge’s Thanksgiving luncheon.

Adults recovering from mental illness offered gratitude for their health, friendships and NewBridge Services at a Thanksgiving celebration held Monday.

“I’d like to thank NewBridge for all their help for all this time,” said Lillian Blood, who has attended NewBridge’s adult psychiatric day treatment program since 1989. Looking around the table at Butler United Methodist Church, the Ringwood resident said, “I’m happy to be here with my friends.”

NewBridge’s holiday luncheon was attended by more than 60 clients in its psychiatric day treatment program and community support services. The event was the first since the start of the pandemic; for three years, NewBridge delivered Thanksgiving meals to clients at home. 

“It’s wonderful to see your faces!” NewBridge CEO Michelle Borden said as she welcomed guests. Borden commended clients for their hard work at recovery. “We’re here to help you with that journey.”

‘This is My Thanksgiving’

Joseph Sich said he thoroughly enjoyed his meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin pie. “This is my Thanksgiving,” said Sich, who shares a home with other NewBridge clients in Lincoln Park.

Gratitude abounded at NewBridge Services' Thanksgiving celebration. Pictured here is John Donegan in the buffet line.

NewBridge client John Donegan in the buffet line. He really liked the stuffing!

“I judge the whole meal by the stuffing,” and the food did not disappoint, John Donegan said. Donegan lives in a NewBridge apartment and said he was grateful he was allowed to plant a vegetable and herb garden on the premises.

Century 21 Crest Real Estate, Andy & Priscilla Mainardi, and NewBridge Trustee Anne Wolfe sponsored the meal, prepared by The Fruited Plain caterers in Pine Brook. Volunteers from Gladstone Wealth Partners and Century 21 served the food, and Butler United Methodist Church opened its hall to NewBridge.

‘Doing a Whole Lot Better’

Gratitude abounded at NewBridge's Thanksgiving celebration. Pictured here is client Joseph Sich enjoying his feast.

NewBridge client Joseph Sich enjoyed his Thanksgiving feast.

“I’m thankful for NewBridge and the program and the counselors, and for these people who now are my friends,” said Julia Hewlett. The Haskell resident joined NewBridge’s day treatment program in July. “I’m doing a whole lot better,” Hewlett said.

Jacki Romaine reflected on her six years as a NewBridge client. “I was in a really bad place and the NewBridge staff never gave up on me,” she said. Romaine also gave thanks for her parents, her husband, and sons. To fellow guests, she said: “Remember, we are all beautiful people.”

Please see more photos from the celebration on our Facebook page here.

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