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Bridges Brown Bag Lunch

Award: Best Community Networking
Category: Play

Caring for a disabled adult can be isolating, particularly for families not plugged into big social service agencies. Amy Barclay of Simpatico Jamestown created the Bridges Brown Bag Lunch series, which is open to all Rhode Islanders with special needs, to help this community network. Each Thursday, during the summer, the restaurant hosts the outdoor space and provides beverages, while thirty to forty regulars and caregivers bring lunch and brainstorm. For Barclay, the parent of a disabled child, “It’s an amazing sense of community.”

Address: Simpatico Jamestown, 13 Narragansett Avenue


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