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Community Bridges

Community Bridges, founded in 1982, is a non-profit agency with a mission to advance the integration, growth and interdependence of people with developmental disabilities within their own communities. When the Laconia State School closed, Community Bridges was awarded the designation as an area agency for the greater Merrimack County region by the Department of Health and Human Services. The area agency worked to reintegrate the school’s residents back into their communities.

Those efforts continue today as we work with individuals living with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and their families to identify barriers of access and find creative solutions to meaningful community engagement.

Community Bridges offers a wide range of individualized services to meet the needs of everyone we serve throughout their life. This includes services such as Family Support to identify community resources. Early Supports and Services to provide support and therapeutic services to children from infancy to three years of age and their families. Day and residential services for adults to provide in home support, shared and staffed homes, and community based activities. We are proud to utilize a person centered approach in our supports and services to ensure those we support lead a self-determined good life.

Community Bridges is led by a volunteer Board of Directors including people living with a disability or have family members living with a disability, which gives them invaluable perspective and understanding of the families and people we support. Our Family Support Council, comprised of family members who have a loved one supported by Community Bridges, performs an important advocacy and advisory role as well.

Community Bridges continually strives to engage the community and foster new opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders to play an active role in strengthening our communities.

For more information about the services, supports and programs we offer, please visit our website,

Posted on: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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