Sylvia Buzzell was gracious enough to visit ACC during our weekly Incubator Meeting to discuss what services the Bridge Family Resource Center has to offer to the Amherst community. She defined a family as, “a household with children 18 and under, with parent involvement.” Sylvia described ridge Family Resource Center as, “a welcoming, comfortable, and intimate space that can be used as their own.” The resource center has a living room to play games and read, an art room, a recreation room, a toddler play center, and a technology room.
The Bridge Family Resource Center also provides many educational programs for both parents and youth. Sylvia described one of their most popular programs, Nurturing Fathers, as a place for fathers to talk about issues they may be experiencing as well as a place for fathers to listen to other fathers and learn new skills and techniques to improve their parenting. Another program, Parenting Journey, takes a closer look into how new parents were parented themselves, and how they can explore those techniques and acquire new ones.
Sylvia went on to mention that they also have a school support liaison who helps to bridge the gap between home and school life. The school support liaison is available to go to school meetings with the parents to help guide the parents through more challenging situations. For many parents this is their first time experiencing these types of interactions with teachers and it can be stressful or overwhelming at times because they want to see their child succeed. This liaison is there to help relieve some of this stress and initiate a healthy conversation.
The Bridge Family Resource Center
101 University Dr. Suite A3 Amherst, MA
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By: Lauren White