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10.24.19

Becoming Trauma-Informed OPEN DOORS EVENT

6:30 pm / 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28215 (Corner of Tipperary and Shamrock)

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Upcoming Events

10.24.19

Becoming Trauma-Informed OPEN DOORS EVENT

6:30 pm / 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28215 (Corner of Tipperary and Shamrock)

Learn More

OurBRIDGE Covid-19 Response
On June 1st, we launched a campaign to fund raise $200,000 to provide meals until the end of summer. You, and the greater Charlotte community, has helped us secure 3,160 meals per week until the end of August! We are proud to share that we have reinvested the funds into the community by partnering with refugee/immigrant-owned restaurants and grocery stores. Check out below the people, partnerships that made this all possible!
 

What’s next?

We will re imagine our after-school program but our values and our vision remain steadfast. We are committed to offer a safe program that will address our students’ academic, socio-emotional, and physical needs. We will do this by remaining responsive, adaptive, and of course, with the support of you all. We also know that what we initially thought was just going to be an emergency response, we now realize must extend beyond the summer as equal access to healthy, nutritious food continues to be a concern in our community. With enough support, we can do both: continue the meal distribution and ensure ourBRIDGE students are ready for another year of learning and growing.

These have been trying times, and while they are not over, we now know that even in the face of a global upheaval our community can come together stronger than ever to address inequities to support each other and stand together.

I’ll leave this photo to end this message. We took it on one of the last Fun Fridays we had when we celebrated Holi, or Festivals of Colors. No one could have imagined what was in store for this world in the weeks that followed. It makes me happy to see their smiling faces though. I feel encouraged, and hopeful and I can’t wait to see the kids at the center again.

Thank you for your love and support.

Sil Ganzo & the ourBRIDGE Team


Check out the media highlights of our efforts

Ryan Pitkin – Charlotte Nerve: ourBRIDGE Adapts in a Crisis with New Drop-Off Services
Corey Mitchen – Education Week: Coronavirus Upends After-School World
Greg Asciutto – EDNC: ‘We always say yes.’ ourBRIDGE for KIDS adapts to meet needs of Charlotte immigrant, refugee children.
Carol Bono – EDNC Videos:
Recognizing the Power of Identity
One day, all kids will be safe: Trauma-informed care (ourBRIDGE for KIDS)
Wherever I place my feet upon (ourBRIDGE for KIDS)
Nikki Yamashiro – Afterschool Alliance: Program spotlight: ourBRIDGE for KIDS working with immigrant and refugee families amidst COVID-19


Special thanks to:

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

• Aldersgate Life Plan Community
• BRAVE North Carolina (Bhutanese Response Assistant Volunteer Efforts) Into Languages Global
• Burke Hospitality Group
• Central Piedmont Community College
• Charlotte Community Kitchen
• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
• Child Nutrition Program
• Commonwealth Charlotte
• Comunidad Colectiva
• Crisis Assistance
• Freedom Schools
• Galilee Center
• Loaves and Fishes
• Manolo’s Bakery
• MAP (Migrant Assistant Project)
• Myers Park United Methodist Church
• Promising Pages
• Queens University
• Rahma-Moroccan American Connection Of Charlotte
• Restore Global
• The Lee Institute
• Universal Institute of Successful Aging of Carolina
• World Central Kitchen

EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY MEMBERS

• Alberto Luza
• Ben Hinchey
• Carrie Taylor
• Chef Roberto Mendoza
• Claire Cronin
• Clark Curtis
• Daniel Valdez
• Dorne Pentes
• Foster & William Harris
• Jonathan Lee
• Joseph Thang
• Kylie Williams
• Leslie Jaramillo
• Lisa Stockton Howell
• Maheder Yohannes
• Manuel Betancour
• Monica del Cid
• Nathan Arledge
• Niketa Mittal & Family
• Nikola Taylor
• Nimish Bhatt
• Nina Wynn & Dr. Richard Wynn
• Paul Navarro
• Prikshya & Prasant Bhujel
• Rafael Bastidas
• Rosanna Saladin-Subero, Ph.D
• Sasha Fain
• Upendra Kuikel
• Yolondra Hall


MAJOR DONORS & FOUNDATIONS

• 21stCCLC
• Charlotte Merchants Foundation
• Foundation for the Carolinas
• Harris Upchurch Foundation
• Hispanic Federation
• Holy Covenant United Church
• Jewish Community Center
• No Kid Hungry
• Queen City Catering
• Robert Horner
• Sisters of Mercy
• Social Venture Partners
• United Way of Central Carolinas
• Women’s Impact Fund

ourBRIDGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

• Allen Shifflet
• Claudia Jacobson
• Dima Daher
• Emily Plauché
• Emily Yaffe
• Jordan Pineda
• Scott Waybright
• Stefania Arteaga

ourBRIDGE STAFF

• Adi Saenz
• Aicha Dougan
• Allison Shade
• Amy Arroyo
• Breona McNeil
• Carlos Figueroa-Valentin
• Crystal Burch
• Deni Harris
• Diana ROdriguez
• Elisa Benitez
• Erin Tucker
• Jorge Flores
• Joseph Sullivan
• Kamiya Jones
• Karina Tonetti
• Kim Rudolph
• Lili Jaramillo
• Linda Lang
• Lucy Rice
• Natalie Cowart
• Natalie Smith
• Nate Burch
• Ruby Orduna
• Salma Villarreal
• Simone Atkins Bostic
• Sondous Eksheir
• Stephanie Behuniak
• Thin Thin