Bridges:  Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy 

Why We Are the Nationwide Provider of Choice 

By experiencing and fundamentally understanding the hurdles those in the disability community face each day, Bridges will always keep our focus on the families and individuals we support. Our service delivery model reflects our passion, understanding and experience. 

Bridges serves thousands of people in six states.  We are committed to the rights, dignity and freedom of all people and we work closely with them to ensure their individual success.  Each person has goals, hopes and dreams of their own and Bridges’ Mission, Vision, Values and Philosophy is the foundation for their daily endeavors.

Whether we are serving my brother Nick or your loved one, Bridges’ Mission holds firm and true: we will “Provide the services necessary to allow individuals with disabilities, with the support of their families and friends, to live, learn and work where they choose within the community”.   

My mother, Peggy Burlison, founded Bridges in 2000 as an agency fighting and advocating on behalf of Nick’s unique needs.  Her vision for superb and unparalleled services to people with disabilities carried Bridges success forward across Southern Indiana as other mothers and families sought better outcomes for their own children.  Mom and Nick continue to inspire me and I now have the distinct honor being the CEO of Bridges.  Without my Mom’s Vision for what Bridges could do for all people, we would not have been able to expand Bridges to what it has become today; the Nationwide Provider of Choice.

Whether we’re serving an adult with an intellectual and developmental disability in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana; or a child with autism at Bridges Autism Therapies in Evansville, Indiana we will lead this charge. As the Nationwide Provider of Choice, Bridges has shared a clear Vision for what it means to be a quality provider of services to people with disabilities.  “All people with disabilities have the right to choose where and with whom they live and work. We have a strong commitment to the rights, dignity and freedom that people with disabilities share with everyone. We believe people with disabilities, with the support of their families, can have the expectation of a full life as participating members of their community”.

As you consider the greatest needs of the people you love and support, we are confident you will remember our Philosophy.  Very simply, our agency’s premier goal is to “focus all our efforts on supporting people with disabilities achieve whatever they want to achieve”.

Bridges values progress and advancements in technology and we utilize this to better the way in which we provide services to you, the people we support.  Our talented staff recognize the importance of working hard to gain your trust and build the reputation of a quality provider of services to you.  We vow to always provide the individualized supports required to individuals and families across all of our entities. We are honored and privileged to be a reliable and invaluable resource for those we serve and we’d be honored to serve you or your family.

Jonathan Burlison, CEO Bridges

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