Mission Statement

We provide informative, honest and compassionate counseling to empower pregnant women to choose life while serving our families with support, guidance and material assistance in order for them to raise their children in a loving and secure environment.


Bridge in the News


Emily Drooby of the TV show "Currents" was at the International Gift of Life Walk 2019 and talked with some of the participants, including The Bridge to Life's Catherine Donohoe.  View the video below.   3/26/2019.


Teens from throughout the Northeast descended upon the Diocese of Brooklyn, July 15 to fold clothes and give kids piggy-back-rides during a week of service organized by Young Neighbors in Action. Click the link to read the full article in The Tablet.


Ed Wilkinson, News Director of the TV show "Currents" visited and filmed Bridge's facility, volunteers and clients. View the video below which aired on "Currents".


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Staff & Board


Executive Director


Rose Dauge
Administrative Assistant
Virginia Gallo
Coordinator of
Material Assistance

Board of Directors

Catherine Donohoe
Member since 1998
Julia Chitos
Vice President
Member since 2007
Donald P. Cavanaugh
Member since 2013
 Virginia Gallo
Assistant Treasurer
Member since 2006
Alice Lemos
Member since 2009
Mark Cipolla
Member since 2011
 Anthony T. Marsanico
Member since 2001
 Msgr. Sean G. Ogle
Member since 2008
Mary Beth Topczynski
Member since 2015

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The Bridge to Life, Inc. began as a dream of our founder, Eleanor Ruder. She became a single mother after receiving a “Dear Jane” letter from her husband in Korea. Working full-time and with the help from her parents, she successfully raised two daughters, but she realized that not all mothers were as fortunate. Eleanor made a promise to herself that when she retired, if she were able she would open a pregnancy help center to help women that did not have the same support she did.

In 1992, she fulfilled that promise. She retired from her career in banking and started The Bridge to Life. Bridge has flourished through its over twenty-five year history, serving thousands of women and children each year from all five boroughs of New York City.

We aim to be the bridge that helps mothers provide for their children. We provide self-administered pregnancy tests, multilingual counseling and referrals for free ultrasounds, support groups and housing. Through our material assistance program we are able to provide tangible support to expecting women and couples. By providing families with much needed items, we are able to eliminate some of their financial strain and empowering them to be able to choose life for their baby.

Our goals here at Bridge are clear. We must help women choose life, and we must continue to fulfill Eleanor’s dream each time a mother walks through our doors. With the help of our supporters, we have and will continue to fulfill this mission

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147-32 Sanford Avenue, 2nd floor
Flushing, New York 11355


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Phone: (718) 463-1810
Call or Text (516) 387-2055
Fax: (718) 463-1813
Material Assistance Phone: (718) 463-1821

Material Assistance: (718) 274-3577

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