“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”

This quote resonates with me and has for some time. For many years I searched for my purpose and found that my purpose is serving people, serving the colleagues that I work with as well as serving people with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. I have had the honor of being able to do this in many different capacities throughout my career. My work and personal life intersect in a way that allows me to take what I learn at work and apply in my daily life and vice versa. I get to make a living and a life at the same time.

I have recently joined a fantastic organization by the name of Bridges as the Vice President of the Mountain West Region. We provide services in six states and I provide oversight for the services in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. I chose Bridges and Bridges chose me because our mission for helping people run parallel. When choosing an opportunity, I go back to the quote above because I don’t want my work to seem like work, I want it to be a part of my life as well as something that I enjoy.

When choosing Bridges I asked myself these 3 questions.

  1. Will you enjoy what you do?
  2. Will the people you work with respect you and what you bring to the table?
  3. Did they treat you with respect during the interview process?

The answer to all three of these questions was obviously yes. Although, I have only been with Bridges for a short period of time, I feel as if I have been here for many years. That is a great thing. The team has welcomed me with open arms and has been so helpful during my transition. I believe that I have immediately built some great and trusting relationships.

As the Vice President of the Mountain West Region, I get to collaborate with a fantastic team of passionate leaders and staff working towards the same mission. In our discussions around our goals, we have kept it simple and it basically boils down to serving as many people with disabilities as we can and serving them with the highest level of quality. We plan on growing our services in such an organic way as to not jeopardize the quality of service that we are providing and to continue to stand on the roots for providing services that Bridges was built on.

James Greer, Vice President of our Mountain West Division.






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This week's story of #BridgesCares is brought to you by Bridges of Wyoming! Cliff has made such huge strides in his health. Since coming to Bridges he has lost a whopping 56 pounds! Cliff and his staff Aaron and Terri work very hard on helping Cliff to learn proper nutrition and portion control. Cliff's team including his Case Manager and Guardian are so very proud of him for all of his hard work and making such a great lifestyle change. We even received a call from his Doctor that has seen Cliff for the last five years and stated that he has never seen Cliff in such a healthy state. He was very impressed with how well the staff have helped Cliff, and with how much Cliff has made this positive change. Cliff very excited to continue with his health journey. Great job Cliff! we are very proud of you!A friendly reminder this holiday season! 📷: @thesundaychapterThis week's #BridgesCares story is brought to you by Bridges Autism Therapies. Last week, we had Farmer Joe and his big blue tractor visit our center in Evansville! Why you may wonder? Because one of our littles went on the potty 100% independently! Famer Joe let us climb up inside the tractor, turn the wheels, and rev the engine. Thank you, Farmer Joe! #BridgesCares #BridgesAutismTherapies #EvansvilleDo you follow us on #Twitter? If not, you should!The results of our art competition are in. The winner is our Employee Engagement Manager, Kirstan Kemezy. The organization she chose to donate $100 to is Paws and Think. They are an Indianapolis based organization with a mission to improve people's lives through the power of the human-dog connection. If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with this holiday season, we highly recommend you check out pawsandthink.org to see the available opportunities. We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the competition on Facebook. Didn’t see the Facebook post? Be sure to like our FB page today! #BridgesCares #BridgesUS #EmployeeEngagementCongrats Kalin on a huge accomplishment! Post credit: @sbnationHappy Thanksgiving from Bridges US and Bridges Autism Therapies! What are you most looking forward to today? #Thanksgiving2018 #Thanksgiving #BridgesUS #BridgesAutismTherapiesThis week's story for our #BridgesCares was submitted by Bridges of Wyoming!

Erin came to Bridges a little over three months ago. When Erin came into services, she had been bedridden and had not walked for over a year! In this short time, she has worked with her staff Kayla, Maygan, and Calla along with the rest of the team she has begun walking again.

Erin is now able to walk around her home, to and from the vehicle, and she has a wonderful goal to be able to go up and down the stairs at her daughter's house for Thanksgiving! We know with all of her hard work and perseverance she is sure to succeed! 
Erin has also started a wonderful garden at her home and enjoys all of her fresh food and the time she can now spend outdoors! #BridgesCares #BridgesofWyoming #ThanksgivingBe sure to thank someone today and every day. Thank you to our team who is working today in homes and in the community! We appreciate you. #BridgesCares #Thanksgiving
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