The official start of summer is upon us, and we hope Mother Nature will cooperate and follow her traditional weather patterns.
But Mother Nature is a funny thing. Just when we mere mortals expect her to behave one way, she does something completely different, out of conventional character.
Society also has its conventional patterns as well. But when something or someone behaves in a manner which is not “the norm”, it’s met with finger pointing and posts to social media accounts.
Here at Bridge, our mission is to assist those who fall both in and out of normal conventions. We are here for mom and her children. Increasingly, we are welcoming more dads who are accompanying their families on our weekly material assistance days. Conventional? No! Welcomed? Very much so!
We at The Bridge to Life hope all the Dads enjoyed their day!
Mother’s Day was proclaimed as a national holiday on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson following a campaign launched by West Virginia native, Anna Jarvis to honor her mother who passed on May 9, 1905. She wanted to recognize the role of mothers and celebrate their powerful force to their family, church and community. Americans were asked to publicly express their gratitude, and carnations came to represent the day honoring mothers living and deceased.
Although the meaning is the same today, motherhood looks very different. According to a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 85 million mothers in America, but their lives have seen dramatic changes even since the 1960 census.
In 2012, only 69% of mothers were married compared to 92%; 15% were divorced, separated or widowed and 15% were unmarried compared to 7% to .3% respectively. The number of children they have has also decreased to 1.9 down from 3.7, but 41% of births are to unmarried women, up from 5% in 1960.
A more noticeable lifestyle difference, more mothers are now in the workforce. In households with children under the age of 18, 40% have mothers who are either the sole or primary income provider for the family — up 11% from 1960, and single mothers make up two-thirds of these “breadwinner moms.”
Regardless of the statistics, we at Bridge agree with Ms. Jarvis in recognizing mothers and ALL women as powerful. They are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to helping others in need within the family and community.
We thank the women who assist our mothers in need to have a better life and provide for their children. You are a blessing to Bridge because of your care and concern for others.
On Sunday, 4/15, Bridge hosted its 26th Annual Dinner/Dance fundraiser. An afternoon of food, dancing and socializing made the event fun for one and all. This year, Bridge implemented a new method for announcing the raffle basket winners. Numbers were drawn by a board member and the winning number listed on a board for guests to view prior to leaving. While not perfected yet, this provided more time for music and dancing which was well received by guests.
Honored this year were Sir Knight Michael Hilley, PKG, FDD and the Olympia Council Knights of Columbus #394 for their work to help the unborn. S.K. Hilley and the council were instrumental in obtaining an ultrasound machine at New Beginnings medical facility located in Queens. Bridge board members supported the council in their efforts to obtain this funding.
This was an important advancement in the mission to protect the unborn as this gives Bridge and other pregnancy service centers a place to send their pregnant women for an ultrasound in Queens. The sonogram enables women to see that they are carrying a life – a baby.
Check out our Facebook page for more photos from this year’s dinner – a fun time was had by all. And, even more important, a good cause, Bridge, was supported.
Missed this year’s event? There’s always next year! Save April 7, 2019 on your calendar now.
Rev. Desiree Bernstein; Catherine Donohoe, The Bridge to Life Board President; Dawn Eskew, President and Founder of Personhood Education of NY and Rosa Cerrato, IGLW Committee member.
By Catherine Donohoe, Bridge Board President
NYC’s 2018 International Gift of Life Walk (IGLW) took place on March 25th, Passion Sunday and The Feast of the Annunciation.City onlookers were witness to the great worth and value participants hold for each and every human life as they walked down the Canyon of Heroes.
The event began with a Celebratory Rally and impassioned speeches from the five Grand Pro-Life Hero honorees:
Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Director of Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest African American pro-life network in America,
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR);
Denise Mountenay, Founder and President of Canada Silent No More and a speaker who offers hope and healing to those affected by abortion and pregnancy loss;
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life; and
Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Co-Founder and President of The Children First Foundation, the sponsor of “Choose Life” License Plates.
Bridge supporters were members of the Steering Committee along with Personhood Education of New York, the organization that founded the Walk in 2017, to increase walk participant numbers from the prior year.Planning began last July and included networking with like-minded organizations around the tri-state area to join the walk.Our supporters walked behind the Bridge banner and a float which was designed and built by volunteersDelvis and Anne Marie Estrada.A special thanks goes out to the Estrada’s as well as Delvis’ cousin, Elvin Ortiz who donated his time as event DJ from Build Beat Entertainment.
We are most grateful to all who came out on that chilly Sunday morning to give witness to the sanctity of life. You will be blessed!
Despite the Fourth Nor’Easter to hit New York City and its coast, the 2018 Student for Life Association’s (SFLA) Momentum Gala on March 21, 2018 continued on with great success.As is the case with the today’s youth, they streamed the event so individuals who couldn’t get into NYC because of cancelled flights or bad roads could attend virtually!
One of our own volunteers, Ms. Norvilia Etienne received the National Champions of Life Award at the gala for her fight to get a SFLA group on Queens College.After applying to start the group, college administration refused to recognize the club without exclamation so Etienne took legal action against the school which quickly relented.The Queens College SFLA group is becoming one of the leading pro-life forces in New York City, and with the group’s assistance, The Bridge to Life now has a voice on a secular NYC college campus!
Young college students that are pregnant and afraid now have on-campus support through their SFLA group who often refer them to Bridge.Because of SFLA, these young women can now go into the campus nursing office and be given an option for life-affirming choices.She no longer has to feel that she has to either choose between the life of her child and the life that she dreams to have.
We congratulate Norvilia Etienne and applaud the Queens College SFLA group for their determination and their passion towards the sanctity of human life.
Welcome to Bridge’s new blog initiative called BridgeChronicles! We started the blog to keep donors and supporters informed of all that’s happening with and for Bridge as well as its women and families.
“Our goal for the blog is for it to contain photos and stories about any events, our volunteers’ work in and outside of Bridge for our families as well as stories about our families and other topics that are relevant to our mission,” states Mary Beth Topczynski, Board Member and Project Manager for the new website.
She continues, “The new website is more user-friendly in that offers a simple, clean design which is easy to navigate and easy for users to locate the information they need.With that in mind, many areas of the new website outside of the Calendar and Events areas won’t need constant updating. The blog will be used to host those frequent content updates.”
Additional story photos (if any) will be contained in a photo gallery which will be accessible from a link within the blog write-up or from the Site Map link found in the site footer.