Business & Finance

Press Releases

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Announces 2016 Community Partnership Awards, Debuts Music Video

Bridgeway Community Partnership Awards recipients (from left):  Paul Lavenhar, Eric Munch, Ryan Schmitt, Paula Avioli.  

NEW JERSEY- Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, a leader in psychiatric rehabilitation services in New Jersey, honored recipients of its annual Community Partnership Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday. Bridgeway also debuted an exclusive video, “Bridge to a New Life,” which features its “persons served” and an original song by New Jersey rock and soul band GoodWorks to raise awareness about mental illness, addiction and recovery.

The Bridgeway Community Partnership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that contributed significant time and energy to helping Bridgeway achieve agency-wide goals. This year’s award recipients are:

  • Barbara Johnston, Director of Advocacy and Policy, Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) – worked tirelessly with the leadership of Bridgeway to ensure the highest quality services to people experiencing mental health disorders and to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Paula Avioli, Ph.D., professor, Kean University, School of Psychology – spent years helping the Bridgeway Self-Sufficiency Committee make decisions about granting and loaning funds in order to help “persons served” achieve a personal goal, such as getting a job or returning to school.
  • Dominic Paolella, regional manager, Verizon Wireless -- He and his team spearheaded an effort to launch a ground-breaking pilot program that put cellphones and health and wellness monitoring software in the hands of our Bridge-to-Wellness participants, who actively work to increase physical wellness in the integrated physical and mental health program.
  • Paul Lavenhar, president and owner, PL Communications -- dedicated his professional time and talents, along with his staff and his band GoodWorks, to raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations that do good works, like Bridgeway. 

“Each year Bridgeway takes time out to acknowledge the work and achievements of the people that we serve and also the community partners who help us achieve our organizational goals. This year’s honorees exemplify the power of community spirit,” said Cory Storch, CEO of Bridgeway. “All our honorees have dedicated personal as well as professional time and resources to Bridgeway for which we are extremely grateful. This year’s awards ceremony is extra special with the premier of ‘A Bridge to a New Life,’ the original music video written and produced by award recipient Paul Lavenhar and performed by GoodWorks.”

Sign Up for E-News

One of the singers featured in the music video is a “person served” who has received help and support from Bridgeway services. The lyrics were inspired by Bridgeway’s mission to help people with severe mental disabilities find a path to recovery, as in the chorus: “Lift me up like an angel, A bridge-way to my new life, Support and love like a family, A bridge-way, my bridge to my new life.”  The music video is available online here:

“GoodWorks used the words of Bridgeway’s staff and ‘persons served’ -- recovery, strength, love and life – to help Bridgeway tell their story in a compelling way,” said Paul Lavenhar, GoodWorks band founder and songwriter. “We felt a music video was a unique way to tell Bridgeway’s story and help diminish the stigma of mental illness.”

About Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Inc.

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services is recognized as a statewide leader in psychiatric rehabilitation services.  Bridgeway is a nonprofit mental health services agency whose mission is to assist those Central and Northern New Jersey residents who have the most severe mental disabilities yet have the potential to recover, be self-sufficient and live in and contribute to their communities.  For 45 years, Bridgeway has provided services to adults who are facing multiple challenges that are prevalent in people with chronic mental illness.  Bridgeway services are available in 11 Central and Northern New Jersey counties. For more information, visit

About GoodWorks

GoodWorks is the charitable arm of PL Communications, a New Jersey-based marketing communications firm. It has helped New Jersey food banks, school music programs, healthcare programs, special needs services and community arts programs among others. For more information, visit

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Trees Down, Hazards Abound

March 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As climate change increases the risk to trees from severe storms, insects, diseases, drought and fire, a Rutgers University study highlights the need for improved safety in tree-care operations.

According to findings published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, workers employed by tree care experts and licensed arborists were more likely to receive ...

World Champion Somerville HS Scholastic World Winter Guard Team Hosts Competition

March 17, 2018

BRANCHBURG, NJ - It’s not every day you get to see world champions perform live.

On Saturday, April 7, the Somerville High School Music Boosters Association will host its 14th annual Indoor Color Guard show at Branchburg Central Middle School. More than 30 competing winter guard teams will attend, with a concluding performance by the world champion Somerville High School ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 21, 8:00 PM

Kidztopia, Matawan

Business Women Networking Event

Sat, March 24

Black Diamond Billiard's, Union

Ladies 9-Ball Pro-Am by the Garden State Pool Tour

Sat, March 24

Black Diamond Billiard's, Union

Ladies 9-Ball Pro-Am by the Garden State Pool Tour

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Colemad Gets Failing Grade On School Safety Vote

March 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2018 – Despite her rhetoric, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, failed Wednesday to deliver on her promise to make schools safer for our children.

The two-term congressperson was one of only 10 representatives that voted “nay” Wednesday afternoon on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018.

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a ...

Bonnies, Gators Rematch During 2018 March Madness Round of 64 in Dallas

March 16, 2018

DALLAS – They say everything is bigger in Texas. In terms of what tonight’s game means for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, this saying couldn’t be any truer.

Coming off Tuesday night’s 65-58 victory over UCLA, the Bonnies earned their first NCAA tournament win since 1970 and punched their ticket to Dallas.

With a loser-goes-home situation eminent, the Bonnies look to ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)


In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...

Ian Hockley Visits New Jersey to Introduce Program to Empower Youth

This week I am taking a departure from book reviewing to share an important program that has been introduced to New Jersey this week by Mr. Ian Hockley, founder of the Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation. On December 14, 2012, Hockley's five year old son, an autistic child named Dylan, was gunned down in his classroom in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Dylan, a shy and adorable ...