Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bridge Meadows

EDITOR’s NOTE: Each week, we’ll feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

In part 12 of our series, we feature Bridge Meadows, a unique multigenerational community located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland.

(Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.)

Bridge Meadows is where adoptive parents, foster children and elders - those over 55 - find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow.

At Bridge Meadows, current and former foster youth have the stability, caring connections and educational supports they need to succeed and re-calibrate the trajectory of their lives.

Investing in the safety and security of these children today improves the quality of life for everyone tomorrow.

Children move out from the instability of foster care placements to permanent homes, families and parents receive essential resources and guidance, while elders find safe, affordable housing and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families and their children.

Bridge Meadows is an innovative solution at the intersection of child welfare, aging and affordable housing - issues that impact each of us; not just socially and emotionally, but economically as well.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration.

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