REACH program at Bridgeport Hospital receives $500


Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, accepts a donation from the Foundation for Life’s Suzanne Palma, recruiting coordinator of the Barnum Financial Group.

A grant of $500 from Barnum Financial Group’s Foundation for Life will help improve the facilities at the REACH Program at Bridgeport Hospital.

REACH is an intensive outpatient service for children between 5 and 12 years old with emotional and behavioral difficulties. REACH, based in Stratford, is designed to reduce the need for hospitalization, decrease residential placement and assist in keeping families intact.

“Children in the REACH program are struggling through school and life. This gifts means we can improve our facilities so staff, patients and families can meet and enjoy therapeutic activities in a safe, warm and comfortable environment,” said Dr. Donna Twist, vice president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation.

Since its inception in 2006, the foundation for Life has supported hundreds of organizations throughout the northeast working to better the lives of those in need throughout the community. Paul and Mindee Blanco of Barnum Financial created the Foundation for Life as a vehicle through which Barnum Financial Group employees could assist those in need throughout their community.

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, the REACH Child Program is a crisis intervention program for children who are experiencing severe behavioral, emotional and/or psychiatric difficulties that impede their daily functioning at home, school or both.

The program provides coordinated, multidisciplinary treatment with ongoing assessment and evaluation. The program is designed to assist in returning children to school and to keep families intact by providing intensive, acute care that is accessible to families in the greater Bridgeport area.

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