Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Bridge Campus - Walden Street School

Bridge is a trauma-informed therapeutic residential home for females who are struggling with significant past trauma or organic mental illness.

Through our individualized treatment approach, our students are able to heal while creating positive personal-growth opportunities that build a strong core of internal skill sets, encourage individual talents, build self-esteem, and create healthy relationships.

Bridge facility
At a Glance
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Focus: Bridge utilizes the ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) framework. Bridge campus provides an opportunity for students to practice applying learned skills in a less-contained setting while they increase community access.
Age: 12-22
Gender: female
Capacity: 12
Let's Connect
Michelle Vaughan, LICSW
Program Director
1749 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-7611 ext.209
Philosophy

Bridge provides a safe and supportive environment that allows students to take the next step in their treatment. At Bridge, the goal is for students to build on the progress they made at the Walden campus by more independently applying the skills they have learned. Through the ARC lens treatment, goals are created to ensure students are able to develop positive reciprocal relationships and healthy coping mechanisms, and create a strong sense of self through positive individualized activities.

Students at Bridge continue to access the trauma-informed treatment interventions they were utilizing at Walden, including:

Neurofeedback

SMART

Trauma Informed Yoga

Trauma Drama

Staff help students practice regulation skills throughout their enrollment at Walden and Bridge. Through this, students will gain the internal capacity to apply techniques independently for long-term success. At Bridge campus, students have more opportunity to apply their skills in the community, increasing their confidence for future steps.

Daily Living

Programming at Bridge focuses on exposing students to the greater community. Routines center around building skills for activities of daily living, including grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, gym, and self-care. Staff support the students in building their capacity for taking care of themselves and decrease their need for external supports. These routines resemble daily life outside of a program setting, so students are supported in preparing for their future.

Vocational

Students who move to Bridge campus are pushed to build vocational skills through work and volunteer opportunities. Students at Bridge are expected to work closely with their treatment team to identify and sustain employment or off-campus volunteer opportunities. At Bridge, students have access to job coaches, activity planning, groups focused on building life skills and real-life experiences such as taking public transportation, safe Internet management, etc.

Education

Students at Bridge attend school at the Walden campus, this allows students to practice school transitions before discharging to a less- restrictive setting. We recognize every student enters with their own set of academic strengths and challenges. We work collaboratively with every clinician, teacher, and classroom aid to ensure an educational plan is developed to promote growth and learning. When indicated, students may also take college courses at local schools.

Kids with rope ladder
While at Walden, my daughter has built her self-esteem and developed healthy relationships with her peers at the program, her friends at home, and her family. The teachers, therapists and residential staff are dedicated, understanding and supportive of the whole family, not just the child.
Parent
Program Structure

All students participate in individual and group therapy weekly and family therapy bi-weekly. Clinicians serve as the case manager and maintain regular contact with the parents and providers for the student. The clinicians track the students' ability to apply what they are learning in therapy weekly. Clinicians and school administrators work closely with students at Bridge to assess readiness to gain employment in the community or volunteer independently. The competency department has developed strong relationships and connections in the community, which supports the goals of gaining real-life skills while at work or other local settings.

Volunteer/ Work opportunities include:

Horse farms

Animal shelters

Furniture restoration

Summer camps

Supermarkets

Local shops

Restaurants

Bridge campus students follow a daily schedule to create routines and rituals help them develop into independent young adults.

student and horse

 

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