Bridges an affiliate of the Keystone Group

Bridges Has Merged With Looking Upwards

After celebrating 30 years of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we’ve stepped into a new phase of growth.

To everyone in the community who has supported us and to everyone who has been a part of our mission over all of these years, we thank you! We hope you will continue to be part of our story through Looking Upwards.

About The Merger

On July 1, 2017 Bridges, Inc. became part of Looking Upwards, a Middletown-based nonprofit supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fully as active members of their community.

This was the merger of two strong organizations that shared the same values and have worked closely together for decades. The merger has positioned Bridges’ services for the regulatory and financial landscape of the future.

All services Bridges offered have continued under the management and the name of Looking Upwards. Becoming part of a larger organization offered advantages that will help ensure a stable and meaningful future for each person who participated at Bridges.

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Quotation This merger will help position Bridges for the future in a changing regulatory and fiscal environment. We have confidence that the quality of our partnership with people participating in our services will continue under Looking Upwards’ stewardship. Quotation

Lisa Rafferty
Executive Director
Bridges, Inc.

Quotation We have an opportunity to take two great agencies and merge them into one. Our focus hasn’t been to fold one agency into another, but rather to combine the best practices and approaches from each. Now together, we have the ability to provide quality services to a wider group of people by combining our strengths. Quotation
Shawn Gibbison
Residential Administrator
Bridges, Inc.

Quotation My son has been with Bridges for over 20 years. In that time, he has been enjoying his life and his growth has been tremendous. I’ve been very comfortable with Bridges’ support of my son and the staff at Bridges is truly compassionate and caring. With the prospect of this merger, I continue to be excited about my son’s future and feel it will continue to expand his opportunities. The staff at Looking Upwards has a strong understanding, compassion, and a bright outlook. As a parent, that caliber of support is what I envision for my son. Quotation
Pat Vincent
Bridges, Inc. Board Member, 
Parent and Advocate

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