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Bridge to Hope Wins Award

Allegheny County Medical Society Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award

On March 4, 2016 Bridge to Hope received the Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award from the Allegheny County Medical Society, in recognition of efforts to address a true community health need - substance abuse/addiction as it affects the family. The award came with a $1,000 prize to support the group's work. From the award presentation by Lawrence R. John, MD, ACMS President:

The “Bridge to Hope” is a remarkable support group for those impacted by the addiction of a loved one. In existence since 1999, the all-volunteer group has served over 3,000 local families and been on the forefront of grassroots advocacy for understanding and treating the disease of addiction within the context of the family.

Upcoming 2017 Speaker Series

Bridge to Hope is sponsoring a special 2017 lecture series for those impacted by a loved one’s addiction. These sessions are free, anonymous and open to the public, and held from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park, on the following Wednesdays:

March 15 
April 19 
May 17 

Mark your calendar now and check back for more information on topics and speakers.

Vigil of Hope

Bridge to Hope & Beyond Bridge to Hope Family Support Groups presented their Eleventh Annual Vigil of Hope on June 8, 2016 at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre.

Featured speaker at the 2016 service was Dennis C. Daley, PhD, Senior Clinical Director, Substance Use Services of UPMC Health Plan, and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He’s experienced in clinical care, research, and teaching.  Additionally, he’s written many books and recovery guides including co-authoring A Family Guide to Addiction and Recovery

The Vigil of Hope is an annual service open to the community. Participants are encouraged to bring a picture of a loved one.  For more information call 412-748-5120 or visit Bridge2Hope.org.
Vigil of Hope
The 2015 Vigil of Hope held on June 3rd was a moving, healing experience for the 116 community members in attendance. Speakers included Dr. Michael Flaherty, psychologist with 30 years’ experience in treatment, research, and policy development related to substance use, and then-US Attorney for WPa, David Hickton on new directions in drug enforcement.



Bridge to Hope

Bridge to Hope supports the families and friends of loved ones affected by substance addiction. This program offers weekly support group sessions. Bridge to Hope does not offer counseling or advice, but it does provide a safe refuge for people seeking to find support. Facilitators trained and certified in addiction attend each session to provide structure for the group. More than 400 families from the region are involved in the program. Sessions are attended on average by 15-30 people including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, spouses, older siblings, fiancés and so on.

A special Overdose Prevention Class was held in June. Presenters Alice Bell, LCSW, Overdose Prevention Project Coordinator at Prevention Point Pittsburgh and Dennis A. Daley, PhD, Senior Clinical Director of Substance Use Services with UPMC Health Plan and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will conduct this training, providing practical information about: 
• How to identify symptoms of an overdose
• What to do and what NOT to do if you are present when someone overdoses   
• How to administer Naloxone (Narcan)
• Information about the new Overdose Prevention Law – PA ACT 139

A previous training in April had 56 attendees. As a result of the training, Bridge to Hope received this note: Thanks for having the Naloxone training last week. I have already used it and saved my son’s life.  I cannot thank all of you enough for organizing that training.”

Bridge to Hope Meetings

Wednesdays at 7 pm 
Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center - Room 1
(located next to Cumberland Woods Village Independent Senior Living Facility on the UPMC Passavant Campus) 
700 Cumberland Woods Drive (off Cumberland Rd.) 
Allison Park, PA 15101

Cumberland Woods: 412-635-8080 
Foundation: 412-748-6640
Program Consultant: 412-748-5120

www.bridge2hope.org

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Beyond Bridge to Hope

Beyond Bridge to Hope is a monthly Bereavement Support Group for adult family members who have experienced the death of a loved one due to drug or alcohol abuse. Meetings are facilitated by a certified grief counselor, whose specialty is in the area of bereavement, Susan Wesner RN, MSN, CS, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Beyond Bridge to Hope does not offer medical or psychological advice.

Beyond Bridge to Hope Meetings

Monthly on the Second Wednesday at 7 pm
Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center - Room 2
(located next to Cumberland Woods Village Independent Senior Living Facility on the UPMC Passavant Campus) 
700 Cumberland Woods Drive (off Cumberland Rd.) 
Allison Park, PA 15101

Cumberland Woods: 412-635-8080 
Foundation: 412-748-6640
Program Consultant: 412-748-5120

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Support the Bridge to Hope

Donations are welcomed to support Bridge to Hope and Beyond Bridge to Hope. Checks can be made payable to Passavant Hospital Foundation, noting "Bridge to Hope" on the memo line, If the gift is a memorial, please note that as well.

M
ail gifts to:

Passavant Hospital Foundation
9100 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Gifts can also be made via United Way #12710802 or online through the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Thank you for supporting this endeavor that is critically important to so many in our community.