Bridging Hearts provides quality social connections, both online and in person, for an underserved population of isolated and lonely young adults with intellectual disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bridging Hearts will provide and maintain a supportive community where everyone feels valued.
"My son is a new member of Bridging Hearts and, despite the fact he has only been to two events so far, I immediately observed him connecting with the other members in a way that I had not seen before. As a parent, that was really wonderful to watch! Bridging Hearts provides a means of providing social interaction, social education and confidence-building for a group of young adults that typically struggle mightily--an area that most of us take for granted. It is a great organization that is really effective in its work!" -Scott M
"My mom introduced me to Bridging Hearts because she wanted me to have more friends. I am a member now. I am very glad to have met more people like me. People with learning disabilities often find social situations daunting and challenging. " -Sam H
"Bridging Hearts is a lifeline for our son that connects him to acceptance from peers in a fun and social way that he has not had in his adult life. Until Bridging Hearts, my son had no social activity outside of family events. He enjoys the activities so much." -Elaine D
"Bridging Hearts has greatly enriched my son's life. Living with a learning disability is a very lonely life challenge. Bridging Hearts has been a positive influence both socially and emotionally. The activities offered provide fun and support not only for the young adult members, but also for their parents. It provides an essential service that has been missing for many years in our communities. Bridging Hearts is a wonderful organization! " -Jill R
"Our daughter is a member of Bridging Hearts. I have seen it enrich her life and soften her heart. She has built relationships with peers that helps her feel more mainstream and independent. From a parent’s perspective; the thought of my child being lonely and detached worries me more than any other aspect of her disability. Bridging Hearts has lifted that dark cloud and offers the hope of a future with friends and meaningful relationships." -Ron W
"This month we are celebrating 7 years of membership for our daughter, Kelly, with Bridging Hearts. It has been a truly life-changing opportunity for her! Kelly was an isolated, depressed and anxious young adult with nowhere to turn for friendship and a social life...until we found Bridging Hearts" -Steve & Andi M
"Bridging Hearts has added a new dimension to my son’s life. The transition out of school and into young adulthood can be extremely lonely for adults with developmental differences. My son Sam is very socially motivated but did not have a niche that fit him socially. He loves Bridging Hearts!" -ELIZABETH R.
Parent/Family ConnectSunday, March 24, 2019 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Adaptive Indoor ClimbingSaturday, April 13, 2019 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
My Body, My ChoiceMonday, April 15, 2019 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Cupcake BasicsFriday, May 17, 2019 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event in Conjunction with Minnesota Independence College and CommunityFriday, June 28, 2019 6:00 PM-7:30 PM