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Bridge Builders Counseling & Mentoring

By Crystal Mosher

Do you have a favorite charity?

Is there a need you support and you know that your dollar and your time count?

It is good to find a worthy cause to contribute to.

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Bridge Builders is that worthy cause.

Bridge Builders has been brightening the lives of single parent families in St. Clair County for 25 years. Teresa Jex, the executive director of Bridge Builders; has injected this 501c3 charity with integrity and energy.

It’s a small operation with a grand vision.

“No one should have to raise a child alone.”

At Bridge Builders counselors and mentors reach patiently into the lives of single parents and paste their shattered dreams back together.

Single parents are battered with challenges; rent, groceries, child care, medical bills, car insurance, gas, school supplies, field trips, laundry, homework, groceries, sass, discipline, drugs, censorship, violence. It’s tough to navigate 2018 alone. Where do these parents turn when the well is dry, the money is gone, and the bill pile reaches the sky?

They can turn to Bridge Builders.

Bridge Builders offers a POPS Support Group; Parents Offering Parents Support. Here—generous, caring individuals share their talents and their resources. There is ongoing mentoring for parents, teens and children. Counseling and parenting classes are available.

Single parents are met and accepted exactly as they are– and guided onward and upward by others who have walked in the same shoes—successfully.

Bridge Builders disrupts lives of chaos and creates lives of order. Bridge Builders provides a place to sharpen tools and gather ammunition for the wild ride of parenting. Single parents are empowered to equip their children as a force for good in the world.

The foundation for Bridge Builders is the Bible verse James 1:27; “Pure and undefiled religion is this; to visit the fatherless and widows in their distress.”

Bridge Builders is a charity of unparalleled value.

Please come to our Annual Fundraiser this coming Thursday, September 13th. Enjoy a wonderful meal; paid for by partners that believe in the Bridge Builders mission. Meet the Mentors and the Mentees. Become a Bridge Builder too!

It is good to give to a worthy cause where your contribution matters!

Let Bridge Builders be that cause!

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Crystal Mosher was raised on a beef farm in the thumb of Michigan. Port Huron has been her home for 25 years. She has been married to her high school sweetheart (Marvelous Marv) for 38 years. She has 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. Currently, she is gainfully entertained by Woman’s Life Insurance Society. She has a deep affection for raccoons, roller skates and rocking chairs. She believes the best self-help book ever written is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. She enjoys drinking her morning coffee until it is no longer morning. Crystal has long been deeply moved by the power of words and is an active member of Toastmasters International. Writing for Blue Water Healthy Living is her first attempt at writing things that other people may read. (If you don’t count her personal diary that her brother stole when she was in junior high.) Now you know all of the important things there are to know about Crystal Mosher.

Teresa A. Jex has over 30 years of experience in the fields of youth development, ministry and community mental health. Since February 2017, she has been the Executive Director of Bridge Builders Counseling & Mentoring (BBC&M) strengthening single parents in surviving trauma and rebuilding their lives with the support of community volunteers.

She is currently developing models of service in partnership with MENTOR, Mentor Michigan and local volunteers from the area churches, community agencies and schools to serve families with mentoring services as they heal from personal trauma and providing opportunities for support with counselors, to ensure successful outcomes for the our single parent families.

Prior to her work with BBC&M, Ms. Jex was the Director of Camp Operations for Society of St. Vincent dePaul, Project Learn Coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs and owned her own business, CHOICE (Choosing How Our Intentions Create Our Experience)Re-Creation, all inspiring organizations dedicated to support youth and their families to have successful futures.

Ms. Jex has conducted trainings and presentations about youth engagement and therapeutic interventions at numerous conferences, including Association for Experiential Education, American Therapeutic Recreation Association,  and Bradford Woods Institute.

Ms. Jex holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Diego State University College of Arts and Sciences as well as a MS for Therapeutic Recreation & Parks & Recreation Administration from the Indiana University in Bloomington. She is happily married to Brian Jex and they have two beautiful girls, Sara attending the University of Michigan and Samantha beginning her Senior year at Port Huron Northern. She currently serves on the Fort Gratiot Parks Commission and River Rec Teen Zone Advisory Board in addition to her current position.

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