News & Events

Bridgeway to Screen Suicide: The Ripple Effect


Loves Park IPS Team Is Applauded for "Unlimited Potential and Innovation!"


Bridgeway Inc. Announces Board of Director and Officer Changes


Join us for a praise concert benefitting Camp Kidz


CARF International Survey Team To Visit Bridgeway


County votes Yes on mental health tax


MEIJER and Bridgeway team up to provide employment mentoring to individuals with disabilities



Bridgeway to Screen Suicide: The Ripple Effect

July 31, 2018

Bridgeway is very excited to announce that we will be sponsoring a showing of the documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect on August 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, IL. Tickets are $5.00 and all proceeds will benefit the West Central Illinois Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become the world's most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world's leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

Across the globe, nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts in a given year and over 44,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, over 115 people are directly affected and impacted. The estimated financial cost of suicide is over 51 billion dollars annually.

With your support in attending the event and/or sharing the event with your family, friends and colleagues, we can draw more attention to this devastating health crisis, while helping more people find the support they need to #BeHereTomorrow. Jessica Donaldson, Director of Crisis and SASS Services Tickets are available at the front desk at Bridgeway Galesburg office or from Luan Ippensen at the Macomb office. They may also be purchased at the Orpheum Theatre.

Loves Park IPS Team Is Applauded for "Unlimited Potential and Innovation!"

January 31, 2018

Bridgeway's Community Employment Services

by Sandy Wood

Bridgeway's Individual Placement and Support (IPS) team in the Rockford area had its IPS Fidelity Review in early January with state reviewers from the Division of Mental Health, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) as well as a community reviewer from Thresholds. Our first IPS Fidelity Review for Loves Park took place in 2015 and since then we have brought on board a brand new talented IPS team with Kris Hudak as the new on site Director of Vocational Rehabilitation and Taylore Davis, our new Director of Community Employment Services. The Loves Park Team has a number of new Employment Specialists so our goal was to achieve Good Fidelity and we did so with a score of 103!

The reviewers were highly complementary of our CES Team and the Lead Reviewer, Gene Oulvey, had two general themes he used to describe Bridgeway: Unlimited Potential and Highly Innovative. Gene has been singing our praises for a number of years now as we serve such a diverse disability population and have successfully utilized the IPS model for all persons with disabilities for many years. The reviewers also applauded us for being awarded the Social Security Supported Employment Demonstration Project and our plans to utilize new innovative employment curricula for our job seekers including working with special populations such as transitioning youth and persons in the criminal justice system. They also noted our "marvelous networking" with many community partners as these partners voiced their strong trust and admiration for our Bridgeway services. Congratulations to all involved in this fidelity review process including our supportive behavioral health teams from Rosecrance and our DRS partners!

Love's Park Team

Loves Park Community Employment Services Team
Left to Right: Rebecca Fair, Kim Perkins, Sonny Chae, Kris Hudak, Liz Corsolini

Bridgeway Inc. Announces Board of Director and Officer Changes

September 12, 2017

GALESBURG, IL - Bridgeway announced today that Mark Blackburn has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Bridgeway, Inc. He has served as a board member of Bridgeway for more than 15 years. Blackburn's expertise in financial and risk management business operations, as well as his health care industry knowledge, will serve the Board of Directors well in their governance and oversight responsibilities. Mr. Blackburn joined the bank in 1994 and has served as Community President of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Galesburg and Knoxville since 1998. He is a volunteer in a leadership role with several other local organizations.

Bridgeway also announced today that Emily Webel and Kevin Maynard were elected to the Bridgeway Board of Directors at the July meeting of the board.

Emily Webel is the Regional Director for the Knox County Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Prior to this she was the Project Manager for Success by 6 through the Heart of Illinois United Way in Peoria. Webel and her husband, Joe, have 6 children and live in Farmington IL.

Kevin Maynard is the Executive Director of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg. His previous experience was with the Galesburg Tourism Council. Maynard also serves on the board of Illinois Presenters Network, Galesburg Community Preschool, and is Secretary/Treasurer of Starry Night Repertory Theatre.

Other Officers elected for the 2017-18 year are Beau Ingledue of Macomb as Vice Chairman.

Bridgeway is a non-profit human service corporation with offices in Galesburg, Kewanee, Macomb, Monmouth, Normal, Pekin and Loves Park, Illinois.

Join us for a praise concert benefitting Camp Kidz.

July 21, 2017

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Survey Team from CARF International To Visit Bridgeway.

July 21, 2017

County votes Yes on mental health tax

April 5, 2017

Knox County will be a stronger and healthier community thanks to this commitment for the future. Thank you to everyone who voted yes in yesterday's election!

We want to especially commend Mark Rudolph CEO of KCCDD for his tireless efforts leading the advocacy campaign to all sectors of Knox County.

Mark Rudolph had this to say.

"'Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, and sharing with others.' This morning, we are grateful to be part of such a caring and compassionate community who voted yes for a Mental Health Board in Knox County. We look forward to a future of being able to provide better services for those who need us. Thank you."

Read more at the Galesburg Register Mail.

MEIJER and Bridgeway team up to provide employment mentoring to individuals with disabilities

February 9, 2016

Shaun Bonner, Store Director for Meijer Store 192, and Brittany L., Retail Administrative Assisstant for Meijer Store 281, will be guest speakers at Bridgeway's Job Club on Tuesday February 9th at 3:00pm; 7200 Clinton Road, Loves Park. Bridgeway hosts the monthly club to provide job readiness skills and training to adults with disabilities through their Community Employment Services program. Meijer will explain their hiring process, describe available jobs in their stores, and encourage participants to explore employment opportunities with their organization.

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Bridgeway is a not-for-profit 503(c) corporation that provides a comprehensive array of human services. With 10 locations throughout Illinois and Iowa, Bridgeway serves over 1200 individuals with disabilities each year. Bridgeway -Loves Park location has been providing employment opportunities to adults with disabilities since 1970. Other services include vocational training in the Production Center performing packaging, assembly and fulfillment; and employment opportunities within Bridgeway's janitorial and data entry departmentsIf you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Amilyn Skelton, Coordinator of Community Employment Services or 815-316-4596.

Bridgeway Loves Park Community Employment Team Sings

January 26, 2016

Amilyn Skelton, CES Coordinator and our very own "Maria," leads her team in a creative rendition of Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music helping her Employment Specialists remember the 8 key principles of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of vocational services:

  1. No Exclusion
  2. Consumer Preferences are Important
  3. Rapid Job Search
  4. Competitive employment is the goal
  5. Building Relationships with Employers
  6. Integration of Interdisciplinary Team & Community Employment Services
  7. Support is Time Unlimited
  8. Personalized Benefits Planning

Bridgeway Quality Improvements and Outcomes 2014

June 5, 2015

Bill Nelson Announced As New CEO of Bridgeway

May 8, 2015
William A. "Bill" Nelson appointed Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2015.

Nelson began his career with Spoon River Center (which later merged with McDonough County Rehabilitation Center and Harrington Family Services to become Bridgeway) in 1988 as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. During his tenure at Bridgeway he has also served as Vice President of Family Services Division, followed by his promotion to Sr Vice President in 2000. He assumed the duties of Chief Operating Officer in April 2005 and in July 2008 became the Corporate Compliance Officer and Director of Quality Management. Bill has been serving as Bridgeway's clinical services division President since October 2013.


Chemtool Donates Hats and Gloves to Bridgeway

January 15, 2015

Chemtool Incorporated of Rockton donated hats, gloves and scarves to workers at Bridgeway in Loves Park. The company's Chemtool Cares program gathered clothing and donations from employees and $2,000 from its foundation funds to help out Bridgeway.

Please follow the links below for articles from a couple local network news channels. - Rockton Company Donates Winter Wear to Charity - Chemtool Donates Hats and Gloves


November 18, 2014

International announced that Bridgeway Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its following programs: Crisis Intervention, Community and Organizational Employment, Community Integration, Outpatient Mental Health, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, and Community Housing.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. Bridgeway demonstrated to a team of six surveyors during the three-day, on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

Bridgeway, a not-for-profit organization with offices in Macomb, Monmouth, Galesburg, Kewanee, Moline, Pekin, Normal and Loves Park Illinois as well as Keokuk and Burlington Iowa, has been providing services to persons with disabilities in west central Illinois and southeast Iowa since 1993.

Bridgeway Announces the Passing of its CEO

September 26, 2014

Jim Starnes, Bridgeway CEO, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27th at The Crossing, 1600 West Jackson St in Macomb, IL.

Memorials may be made to Bridgeway, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association in his name.

CARF Survey

September 26, 2014

CARF, Bridgeway’s national accreditation agency will be conducting their survey Monday, September 29-October 1.

Bridgeway Scores High Marks With Illinois Department of Human Services

May 27, 2014

Surveyors from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Accreditation, Licensure and Certification (BALC) conducted an unannounced survey May 20-22 of Bridgeway’s Developmental Training and Mental Health Medicaid Services. The survey included inspecting 15 locations in Macomb, Monmouth, Galesburg, Kewanee and Pekin. During the survey, the team examined clinical records, interviewed staff, spoke with consumers, observed program operations and inspected facility compliance.

Bridgeway’s Developmental Training program scored a perfect 100% compliance and Mental Health Medicaid services scored 99.9%.

The surveyors were impressed with Bridgeway staff and services and voiced many compliments. They reported that all staff they encountered were professional, polite, helpful, and dedicated to serving consumers. They saw true value in Bridgeway’s services and the fact that consumer trainees are actively engaged in meaningful, productive employment and loving it. The team was especially complimentary of Bridgeway’s excellent, well maintained facilities.

Loves Park Celebration

November 5, 2013

The month of September 2013 for the Work Center exceeded production goals and was the highest sales month in over a year.

This milestone was attributed to the hard work of all the consumers and staff. Everyone was treated to "Thanks for an Awesome Job" cake and cupcakes, generously donated by local grocery, Valli Foods.

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Mental Health Recovery Celebration

November 5, 2013

October 30th was the annual Mental Health Recover Celebration and also Galesburg's celebration of Bridgeway's 20th Birthday. Many special guests joined us including Bridgeway board members Mark Blackburn, Chuck Laird, Steven Brody and Wood Stortzum; DMH staff Joe Croegaert, Tom Troe, Jordan Litvak and Sally Davidson; and DRS staff Louis Hamer, Gene Oulvey and Karen Engstrom. Bridgeway thanks you for your continued support. Read more...

Happy Birthday Bridgeway

October 29, 2013
Bridgeway Cake

Throughout the month of October celebrations were held at Bridgeway locations celebrating Bridgeway's 20th Birthday. Cake and pizza were enjoyed by staff and consumers in Macomb, Keokuk, and Pekin. In Galesburg the party was held in conjunction with the Mental Health Recovery Celebration.

Bridgeway Staff Presenters at IARF Annual Conference

October 22, 2013

Gene Ulvey (IDORS) and Bridgeway staff Sandy Wood (Sr VP), Suzanne Hawkins (CES Director) and Jon Zurek (Employment Specialist) were all selected to conduct a conference program on IPS titled, "Making the Case for Using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model of Employment for All Persons with Disabilities".

The Individual Placement adn Support (IPS) best practice model of employment is a highly successful, evidenced-based service of providing community employment supports to individuals with disabilities, most notably those with mental illnesses. Over the course of the last 5 years, Bridgeway has expanded the use of this service model to all of the individuals they serve, including persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Attendees learned how Bridgeway effectively adopted the successful elements of the IPS model into their entire Community Employment Program.

Staff Presenters

Between 75-100 conference participants from agencies in Illinois attended the presentation with many asking for future consultation.

Employment, Opportunity, Choice

August 21, 2013

During the ACCSES Annual Conference (August 2013) they debuted their new video on Section 14(c) to educate the public on what it is, and what will happen if it goes away.