Cumberland Times-News

September 9, 2013

Good news

BRIDGE program to continue its good work

Cumberland Times-News

— Our previous editorial about the Frostburg BRIDGE Program carried the headline, “Sad news,” because it was about to close for want of funding and place in which to operate.

That was three months ago. Recently, we were glad to report that it has found a new home.

BRIDGE had been serving youth from Allegany and Garrett counties at Frostburg United Methodist Church since 1990, but the church said it could no longer host the program for financial reasons.

As we said at the time, the federal government can simply print more money or — as it and some state governments (like Maryland’s) do — demand more money from the taxpayers.

Churches and other private organizations or businesses have no such options. Frostburg UMC provided BRIDGE a good home for as long as it could, and should be congratulated for doing that.

The good news is that BRIDGE is now located at Meshach Frost Village in the Frostburg Housing Authority’s community building.

So it can continue its mission of Building Responsible Individuals in a Daily Growing Environment.

BRIDGE acts as a day care and after- and before-school center, but director Leticia Shelton and her staff consider their work to be a “mission of the community.”

 When it looked like the program may come to an end, letters of endorsement poured in from those it has helped, and the community continued to support it.

BRIDGE reaches out to the community in many ways, and teaches youngsters from age 2 to grade six the values of self-respect and giving back to the community.

It was worth saving.