Four years ago and shortly after arriving in Dartmouth, the Rev. Scott Ciosek looked at empty space at St Peter’s Church’s 351 Elm Street location, and was determined to fill that void with something that made a difference in people’s lives
That vision turned into The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing, which opened inside a house attached to the church in 2015. The nonprofit organization offers one-on-one counseling services, support groups, group programs, wellness programs and other services to help those in the community.
“It was a desire in our hearts to open our doors to anyone in the community in need of support and hope and healing,” Ciosek said, adding that despite being housed in a church, all are welcome regardless of who they are or where they are in life.
Now, less than two years after opening, Ciosek and his staff of 11 psychotherapists, office administrators, and spiritual and homeopathic experts are preparing to take that mission a step further: expand its services to kids and teens, amid an unprecedented demand for youth services.