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New York Botanical Garden Students Visit
Newbridge's Innovative Horticultural Program
Pompton Plains, NJ - July 22, 2005 -- A group of students from the New York Botanical Garden took a field trip to New Jersey this month to get a first-hand glimpse of NewBridge Service's Enrich horticultural therapy program in action. Students toured the garden, received a full overview of the innovative program and observed as those with mental illness tended to the tropical plants and flowers that are the centerpiece of this suburban oasis nestled in Pequannock Township, NJ.
"It's one thing for people to hear about the program, it's another for them to see it, speak with those who are benefiting from the therapy and understand the profound impact it has on people's lives," said John Beirne, Enrich Project Manager, NewBridge Services. "The garden truly does enrich the lives of those who experience its beauty and understand the magnitude of what it means to those who learn critical life skills, such as responsibility, independence and self-esteem, within its borders."
NewBridge Enrich is an innovative horticultural therapy program that integrates non-traditional treatment methods into a traditional behavioral health treatment strategy. In its fifth year, the program provides horticultural therapy for adults who have suffered from chronic mental illness. Participants build skills for life and vocation, learn responsibility and follow through, reap the rewards of work and nurturing and build self-esteem. This method of therapy is unique and is not practiced by any other behavioral health agencies in the area.
The garden is funded primarily through donations, grants and fundraising. To volunteer time in the garden or to make a financial contribution, please contact Nina McCormack, Director of Development and Marketing, at 973-839-2521, ext. 420 or email@example.com.
About NewBridge Services
NewBridge Services, Inc., a non-profit community organization founded in 1963, provides innovative mental health, substance abuse, housing, children’s and senior services and education programs. Whether dealing with stress, grief, or substance abuse or in need of parenting, relationship or caregiving advice, NewBridge offers counseling programs, educational forums and life-enriching services to help people bring balance to their lives. For more information call 973-839-2520 or click here.
Contact: Patty Colvin
973-839-2521 x 259