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Park Place of Elmhurst is Awarded $6,000 in Grants for BRIDGES Intergenerational Program

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Park Place of Elmhurst is Awarded $6,000 in Grants for BRIDGES Intergenerational Program

Elmhurst, IL – Park Place of Elmhurst would like to announce the receipt of a grant of $5,000 from the Huizenga Foundation and a grant of $1,000 from the Brandsma Family Foundation for Park Place’s intergenerational program BRIDGES. Park Place of Elmhurst is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides residential accommodations and services to seniors. In order to expand the opportunities for its senior residents to enjoy an active and engaging lifestyle, Park Place of Elmhurst is establishing BRIDGES, an intergenerational program in partnership with neighboring Timothy Christian Schools which will provide opportunities for seniors and youth to interact.

The BRIDGES program will match seniors from Park Place with pre-school through 12th grade students at Timothy Christian Schools for mentoring, senior visits, homework assistance, service projects, arts, reading, and more. BRIDGES will build quality mentoring relationships which have been proven to enhance social skills and advance academic performance in youth and improve socialization, increase emotional support, and elevate health in seniors.

“Studies show that intentional intergenerational programming like that which we have planned for BRIDGES, has the potential to dramatically enhance the life experiences of both the children and senior adults involved,” explained Don Engelsman, Executive Director at Park Place of Elmhurst. “We believe that through innovative programs such as BRIDGES, aging may be viewed as an ascent toward continued growth, wisdom, health, respect, and productive, engaged living. Through BRIDGES, both students and seniors will find themselves engaged, needed, affirmed, and of interest and importance to someone else.”

Matt Davidson, Superintendent of Timothy Christian Schools, added, “We foresee that the mentoring component of BRIDGES could enable a Timothy Christian high school senior planning to major in business to connect with and learn from a former CEO. Or that a fledgling journalist could glean career advice from a seasoned writer. On the flip side,” Davidson continued, “many senior citizens want to learn more about computers, and who better to teach them than perhaps the most wired generation ever?”

By supporting the BRIDGES intergenerational program, the Huizenga Foundation and Brandsma Family Foundation is helping Park Place of Elmhurst work to ensure that each senior’s mind, body and spirit will thrive at Park Place and that Timothy Christian youth can benefit from interacting with their elders. BRIDGES will help both students and seniors discover new ideas, new interests, and new relationships promoting meaningful, productive, and satisfying engagement in the world.

Park Place of Elmhurst is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in the western Chicago suburbs with new opportunities for seniors to enjoy an active and engaging lifestyle. Park Place of Elmhurst is a distinct subsidiary of Providence Life Services, which has served seniors for over 90 years. Park Place of Elmhurst is located at 1050 South Euclid Ave in Elmhurst, IL 60126. For more information, call Don Engelsman at (630)936-4500 or visit

Timothy Christian Schools is a fully accredited P-12 Christian school system in Elmhurst, Illinois founded in 1911, that places academic excellence and a reformed Biblical worldview at the heart of its mission. Timothy Christian High School was identified as one of 96 "Outstanding high Schools in America" by the U.S. News and World Report. Timothy Christian Schools is located at 188 W. Butterfield in Elmhurst, IL 60126. For more information call (630)833-4616 or visit

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