April Tip Sheet

Getting Ahead Newsletter April

St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty is highlighting Ms. Dorrine Henderson once again! Dorrine has allowed her involvement in Bridges Out of Poverty’s Getting Ahead Class to really impact her life. We, here at Bridges, felt that it would encouraging to see just where our graduate, Dorrine, is now.

Dorrine is currently working as a counselor in two different facilities. She is a counselor, at the Victory Clinic, a non-profit dealing with methadone addiction; and at the Ducomb Center, where she is assisting those in the home detention and work release programs. Dorrine has completed her masters and now she is pursuing several different state and national counseling exams such as the CAADC II and LMACHA that would help her better assist the community that she has a heart for.  Dorrine has a dream of opening her own addiction treatment center. She has a heart for those who have dealt with or are dealing with addictions. She believes that much like the financially under-resourced, those who deal with addictions have a lack of resources, so she hopes to bring them counseling and resource services once she has her own facility.

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It’s never too late!
— Dorrine Henderson

Along with her desire to have an addiction treatment center, she also has a heart for the women involved with H.O.T. (Hear Our Tears). Though her focus is largely on her addiction treatment center, she has also been putting a lot of energy and passion into finding and funding a safe house for the women involved in H.O.T.’s programs.

When I asked Dorrine what encouragement she could offer others, she had much to say! She wants to make sure everyone knows “there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” She is a firm believer in “it’s never too late to continue or create a dream” and “never too late for education.” She shared something she learned Getting Ahead Classes she would like to pass on and this is something that all the people she works with benefits from: time management. And remember…“you need “me” time… whatever gives you a little bit of delight is what you need to do.”

Dorrine has been making waves of change as she continues to live her life serving those around her with heartfelt commitment. With all of that focus on others, I asked her how she is doing, and she said “I am very happy with where I am at. It isn’t about the money; it is about the satisfaction.”

March Tip Sheet

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Quick tips for handling your credit cards and reducing your credit card debt.


For ex-offenders looking to re-enter the workforce, look to WorkOne. They offer the HIRE program "to help rehabilitate, trained and determined participants become established in the community."


Make time this coming April for The Excel Centers Class sessions to begin again. Register online and take steps to earn your high school diploma as well as work towards a post-secondary education.


"5 Must-Dos for Hoosiers Nearing or In Retirement"- This is a quick and easy read from the Indiana Legal Services for those in or nearing retirement with information that will help you better understand the choices ahead of you.


March 14th- Wellness Wednesday- Screenings available for Blood Pressure, Diabetes risk assessment, Bone density heel scan (women over 50 only), Body mass index, and Cholesterol ($20 fee)

March 10th- Free Skin Cancer Screening- Schedule an appointment to receive a free skin cancer screening from the Ireland Rd. Medical Group.

For the Family

While we wait in Michiana for the weather to warm up, spend time with the little ones at the Health Works! Kids' Museum. Admission for those 2 and older is $6, below 2 is Free!

For the Parents

March 17th- Bremen Kiwanis Mom2Mom Children's resale- Held at Bremen High School will be holding this event with 74 booths that will be full of gently used children's items for sale. $1 enterance fee.

For Young Adults

Members of the Kroc Center have an opportunity to take Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University for free! Tuesdays, March 6th- May 1st | 6:00PM-8:00PM. Membership kit required.

For the Kids

A family field trip to the South Bend Chocolate might be your next fun adventure! $5 for adults and children 11 and under are $2 admission. Go behind the scenes and see how the Chocolate is made.

February Tip Sheet

#GIVINGTUESDAY, Making a Difference

#GIVINGTUESDAY, Making a Difference


I hope that you and your family are doing well. Team Bridges is sending out best wishes to you and yours this Thanksgiving Holiday.

#GivingTuesday is 13 days away!

Join us on November 28th. We are raising $22,500.00 to help 45 people in our community gain control of their lives by participating in our "Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World" experience. Many graduates have told me that "Getting Ahead" saved their lives and...