News & Events

County votes Yes on mental health tax


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


Bridgeway Loves Park Community Employment Team Sings


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.