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Driving through the Santiam Canyon four months after wildfires raged through the area is a surreal sight: rubble is all that remains of homes engulfed by the flames, the few trees that were spared stand charred, and the frames of trailers that melted look like toasted marshmallows.
But amidst the devastation, a spirit of resiliency floats on the cold December breeze. “North Fork Strong” signs dot front yards and people stand on the land where their homes once perched, as if plotting the blueprint for their next house. There’s a palpable sense of unity among a community that has banded together to help each other survive a tragedy on top of an already tragic year.
Debbie Fawcett, School Counselor at the Santiam Junior/Senior High School, has witnessed this community support firsthand. Fawcett was one of many whose homes were destroyed in the Santiam Canyon blaze. While fleeing for their lives, she and her family hardly had time to grab any personal belongings—not even a toothbrush.
As the weather began to grow colder outside the RV she was temporarily living in, Fawcett realized that if the natural disaster had left her feeling vulnerable, the students in the canyon who were also displaced by the fires must have felt this helplessness even more acutely.
Fawcett sprung to action. She posted on a Facebook page about the need for backpacks filled with necessities for the students that would help them feel safe, warm, and entertained, and was blown away by the immediate outpouring of support.
“The response was overwhelming,” said Fawcett. “As word got out, people wanted to help.”
Bridgeway Recovery Services wanted to help, too. In collaboration with multiple community partners, we gathered 100 backpacks and stuffed them to the seams with items such as dental supplies (gifted by Lancaster Dental and Oak Park Dental), first aid kits, blankets, hats, gloves, masks, coloring books, and “Canyon Strong” decals designed by a local artist.
Cherriots, Salem's public transit service, quickly and happily donated the backpacks for this project. Melissa Kidd, Cherriots Customer Service Department Manager, called partnering with Bridgeway “truly an honor.”
Kaiser Permanente was another organization that was eager to lend a hand for this project, and readily donated 100 first aid kits to add to the backpacks.
“We can only imagine how difficult this year has been for our youth enduring ravaging wildfires on top of a pandemic,” said Tracy Dannen-Grace, Director of Community Partnerships and Philanthropy with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “This partnership with Bridgeway Recovery Services on a project that has an immediate, tangible, and positive impact in our communities adds immeasurable value far beyond the first aid kits themselves.”
After all the backpacks had been assembled, Bridgeway drove up the canyon to deliver them to Angela Rasmussen, principal of Santiam Junior/Senior High School. Her enthusiasm radiated off her as she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Bridgeway.
“As a school leader, fundraising and receiving support from the community is something we do each year,” said Rasmussen. “But this—this is something more. This is people stepping up and supporting our students in their fight for survival. It is you all reaching out with life's necessities. This is showing kids that people remember and that they still care.”
One person who won’t forget the impact of this project any time soon is Fawcett—both the impact it left on her and on the students.
“The generosity of everyone [who helped with the backpacks] fed my soul and helped me personally focus on what I could do as opposed to what I had no control over with the loss of our home,” she said.
While Fawcett always knew this community was one that looked out for each other, this backpack endeavor allowed her to watch this support unfold before her eyes.
“People who have very little will offer you the shirt off their back,” said Fawcett. “[They give] because of an internal moral compass that drives them to care about those suffering. I feel such gratitude to be a part of a network of people from all walks of life lifting each other up.”
Tune into KBZY 1490 AM Radio to hear a robust discussion about problem gambling prevention and treatment with John Ackley, Problem Gambling Counselor at Bridgeway Recovery Services, and Michael Keuler, Prevention Health Educator at Marion County Health & Human Services. You can also listen live here: https://kbzy.com/listen-live/
This will be a four-part interview series. Each discussion will begin at 8:40 a.m.
Bridgeway Recovery Services has been awarded National Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Accreditation recognizes that an organization delivers high quality services, supports its staff, and provides value to the community, among other benefits. Organizations that seek accreditation include behavioral health services, homeless services, and youth and family services.
“This [recognition] elevates Bridgeway to be recognized as one of the premier providers of behavioral health care in the country,” said Tim Murphy, CEO of Bridgeway Recovery Services.
Although there are multiple accrediting bodies to choose from, Bridgeway chose to utilize the Council on Accreditation “due to its rigorous process that measures against exacting standards based on clinical and operational best practices,” said Renee Hancock, Chief Operations Officer at Bridgeway Recovery Services.
Accreditation is a lengthy and involved process, in which the COA reviews areas including management, administration, and service standards.
According to Murphy, the COA was particularly complimentary of Bridgeway’s governance structure, leadership team, community involvement, and direct services to patients.
“We can promise to our community is that we will continue to strive to deliver best and evidence-based practices,” said Hancock.
Bridgeway Recovery Services is implementing an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for both their substance use and problem gambling programs.
The IOP, which will remain completely virtual while the risk of COVID is present, will offer clients up to nine hours a week of support in the form of group counseling (approximately seven to eight hours) and individual counseling sessions (approximately one hour). For reference, a regular outpatient treatment experience includes about two to three hours of counseling per week.
“I’m really excited because this [IOP] is filling an essential treatment need that’s not readily available in general,” said Tina Bialas, Behavioral Health Director for Bridgeway Recovery Services.
The substance use program will continue to mainly serve those living in Marion and Polk counties, like Bridgeway currently does. The problem gambling IOP will have a farther reach, supporting people all over the state. Those that need support will continue seeing their primary counselors in their respective locations, but they’ll also be able to remotely attend Bridgeway’s virtual counseling groups.
“There’s so much unpredictability in all of our lives today, and this program is an opportunity for a vulnerable population to be supported in a predictable way that can give them back some sense of safety and hope,” Bialas said. “Because in the end, treatment is all about hope.”
For more information, please call (503) 363-2021.
At Bridgeway, we’re committed to supporting safe housing for all members of our community. Stable housing is a social determinant of health and can help people live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Learn how to support our unsheltered neighbors at the following link: mwvhomelessalliance.org/.
1300 Broadway St NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Did you know that March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month? Join us for our annual problem gambling awareness event to help raise awareness about the prevention, treatment, and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. The grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders - Bridgeway, Marion County Prevention, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, and Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist. This year, we will be looking at the impact of gambling in our own backyard: Marion County. Register for this free event here. Lunch provided!
865 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97302
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come visit us at the Salem Saturday Market this season! Learn more about our services, how we’re involved in the community, and pick up some swag!
We bought a food truck! It's called The Rolling Bridgeway Cafe and from it we serve gourmet sandwiches, potato salad, chips, and drinks. We're really excited about it! But what makes this truck so special is that it's more than an opportunity to eat a great meal, it's an opportunity to support your neighbors. See, the goal of The Rolling Bridgeway Cafe is to hire people in recovery from chemical dependency or mental health struggles. By giving them a job, we can give them a fresh start toward successful recovery.
Follow our food truck on Facebook and Instagram at @rollingbridgewaycafe to stay up-to-date with our location, new menu items, and employment opportunities! These employment opportunities can also be found on our website. We hope to serve you soon!
In celebration of Bridgeway's fifth anniversary, CEO Tim Murphy and the Board of Directors printed a full-color ad in the Statesman Journal to acknowledge and congratulate staff members who've provided substance abuse, mental health and problem gambling treatment services to over 6,000 Oregonians.
"Our staff provides hope, health and freedom to thousands of our friends and neighbors who struggle with mental illness and addictions every day. We believe that anyone can recover and that everyone deserves the opportunity for life filled with hope, love and happiness."
Bridgeway will also salute their dedicated staff by hosting an anniversary celebration later this month.
Come join us as we celebrate the opening of our new Problem Gambling Treatment facility located alongside Mill Creek. The Santiam House will provide residents with a safe and confidential environment for recovery, and easy access to many gambling recovery resources within the community.
Thursday, March 20th from 4 to 6 p.m.
797 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Light refreshments will be served
As announced in this full-color ad in the Statesman Journal's Mid-Valley Health Guide, Bridgeway's intervention and support services have been extended to include residential facilities and a full-time medical care team. According to CEO Tim Murphy, adding these in-patient capabilities marks the company's maturing into a comprehensive outpatient/residential Addictions Medicine Clinic.
"Sometimes, addressing our patients' crises requires an extended stay, as well as sophisticated clinical intervention to stabilize their medical condition. With these additions to our menu of services, we can provide a continuum of treatment across a full spectrum of severity."
Murphy said the purpose of publishing the ad in the Health Guide was to inform referring physicians as well as the general public about the all-inclusive, state-licensed intervention resources Bridgeway now offers.
Tim Murphy, CEO of Bridgeway Recovery Services Inc. in collaboration with Chemeketa Community College, is establishing a scholarship for students in the Human Services/Addiction Studies Program. Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded each school year from Bridgeway to support students in the Addiction Studies Program. In the picture Tim is giving the first $1,000.00 check to Donna Hirt from Chemeketa's Human Services/Addictions Studies Program.
With support from several community partners Bridgeway Recovery Services (BRS) has announced that they will have a tobacco free facility and treatment clinic starting January 1, 2011.
Working with Marion County Health Department and Kaiser Permanente BRS has developed a transition plan that includes education, focus groups, nicotine replacement therapy, nutrition and exercise.
Starting January 1, residential clients will not be allowed to smoke or otherwise use tobacco while in treatment. BRS staff will also not be allowed to use tobacco prior to or during their work shift.
Currently all residential clients receive a minimum of five hours of education in the health risks associated with tobacco use. In November BRS staff received a presentation on the health risks of tobacco use in their monthly All-Staff Meeting.