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June 19, 2024

Bridge Family Center to open new parenting center in Cromwell; move counseling center from Avon to Farmington

CoStar The Bridge Family Center plans to move its counseling center at 45 West Main St. in Avon to this building at 2 Bridgewater Road in Farmington by Aug. 1.

The Bridge Family Center plans to open a new parenting center in Cromwell and relocate an existing counseling center in Avon to a larger space in Farmington.

The West Hartford-based nonprofit provides services for children and families in Greater Hartford, including a safe haven for children and families in crisis as well as intervention and prevention programs.

The Bridge plans to acquire a commercial building at 600 Corporate Row in Cromwell, where it will open a new parenting center. The 6,100-square-foot building previously housed Trilacon Development Corp.

The new parenting center, expected to open in the fall, will operate in tandem with The Bridge’s Mosaic Parenting Center at 664 Farmington Ave. in Hartford.

The parenting centers handle referrals from the Department of Children and Families. They provide training aimed at helping parents regain custody of their children.

The Bridge plans to hire 10 to 12 new employees for the new parenting center, which is expected to receive about 4,000 visits annually.

Also, The Bridge has reached an agreement to lease 2,530 square feet in an office building at 2 Bridgewater Road in Farmington for outpatient counseling services. The organization plans to move its Bridge West Counseling Center at 45 West Main St. in Avon to the new location by Aug. 1, said Margaret Hann, the organization’s executive director.

The new Farmington location is more modern and has about 500 square feet of additional space.

“We were there (in Avon) for quite a few years, and it served its purpose very well, but now we're looking to make a change,” Hann said. “It’s a little bit brighter, a little bit more cheery, a little higher visibility.”

She said the organization received a grant from The Martin Foundation to assist with the relocation.

The Bridge’s main office is at 1022 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford. Its other two counseling centers, in Vernon and West Hartford, will remain open, in addition to its Family Resource Center at Charter Oak Academy.

The Bridge’s 990 filing for the 2022 tax year lists total revenue of $8.7 million and total expenses of $8.2 million.

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