What is The Bridge?
We Are Empowering YOUth!!

The Bridge is a unique program of support and positive lifestyle enrichment for the adolescent population. The overall goal of The Bridge is to aid in the healthy development of adolescents. The Bridge differs from other programs in that it is not crisis-oriented; rather, it addresses the challenges of adolescence, in general. The years between 13 and 19 present a whole new set of problems, questions, and issues that need to be dealt with by professionally trained, dedicated, and caring people. This is What does BRIDGE mean to you?where The Bridge comes in - it recognizes the special psychological, social, and spiritual needs of this growing population.
There are two aspects of The Bridge:



Founded by Sr. Helen Owens, OSF, RN, MSN, D.Min., the Weekly Empowerment Sessions were developed in 1979, with the help of youth and adults, in response to a need for a safe haven for young people to go and freely talk about their concerns while learning about the consequences of their actions. The Bridge began their Weekly Empowerment Sessions in 1980 in Camden County and continues to open its doors every Tuesday night to the Camden County community. Presently, three paid staff and over fifty youth and adult volunteers staff the Bridge. All staff serve as positive role models with a variety of backgrounds. The teens help facilitate the group and their input and suggestions are used in planning the weekly format.

After witnessing the success of the Weekly Empowerment Sessions, and recognizing that not everyone was able to get to The Bridge, our Off-Site Outreach Programs were developed and offered to the community. Our community programs are designed to meet the specific needs of Schools, Churches, Community Agencies, Parent Groups, Businesses, Health Practitioners, and Law Enforcement. Topics include: Team Building, Communication Skills, Conflict Management, Character Education, and Leadership Training, to name a few.

A United Way of Camden County Partner, The Bridge is made possible through support from Lourdes Health System - A Ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany; gifts from other organizations; and private donations; & generous individuals. Their generosity is greatly appreciated! If you feel called to invest in the work that The Bridge is doing, please call 856-757-3212, or email .

Please check out the rest of our site, and feel free to stop by for one of our Weekly Empowerment Sessions not only for your own personal enrichment, but for those lives you may touch by your presence.