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MCCF provides housing to veterans in need

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One of Newbridge Place's residences in Lodi, Ohio.

As part of our 2019 grant cycle, the Medina County Community Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to Newbridge Place to support the organization’s housing programs for low-income individuals suffering from mental illness. 

Established in 2004, Newbridge Place provides 24-hour care and long-term housing to people with chronic mental illnesses whose independent functioning is impaired. At its three facilities, most residents are service-connected veterans suffering from severe and persistent mental illnesses such as paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major affective disorders and PTSD. 

In addition to mental illness, many residents at Newbridge Plave have dual diagnosis of drug and alcohol dependence and/or suffer from physical limitations. To best serve them, the orginization offers 24-hour supervision; three meals a day; transportation to medical appointments, church and other activities; and personal care such as laundry and housekeeping. 

“The value Newbridge Place brings to the community can be measured by the reduction of homelessness, hospitalizations and incarceration of this vulnerable population,” said Elizabeth Mikita, founder and executive director of Newbridge Place. “The value Newbridge brings to our clients is a higher quality life in a safe home environment, when family can no longer provide for their needs.” 

Newbridge Place is currently seeking volunteers to support its staff with client care. For more information about how you can help, contact Elizabeth Mikita at emikita@newbridgeplace.com or 330-948-8000. The organization also has an outstanding wish list of essential items and improvements needed at its three facilities. Learn more about Newbridge Place’s wish list at www.newbridgeplace.org/events.

“We’re proud to support Newbridge Place and its mission to promote improved mental, physical and social wellbeing of its clients,” said Terry Pfleiderer, Medina County Community Fund grants committee chair. “To date, our fund has granted more than $570,000 back into the community to organizations like Newbridge Place that are working to provide cultural, educational, health and/or community services in Medina County.” 
 

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