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Bridging the Gap in the Foster Care System

We encourage awareness and community participation in support of high risk youth  as well as the families that care for them.

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Our Nonprofit Organization at a Glance

Children in foster care are sometimes separated from their siblings. Others will be sent from one foster placement to another, never knowing how long they’ll be staying. Often, these children have nothing to call their own and face rejection, neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

Bridge 127, Inc. in Pottsville, Pennsylvania partners with local child welfare agencies to assist high risk youth, make placement transitions easier, and to assist aged-out youth as they gain independence.

Our Mission

From newborns to young adults, our nonprofit supports high risk youth and those aging out of foster care by providing them with resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. We encourage awareness and community participation in support of children in foster care and high risk youth in general as well as the families that care for them.

Our Humble Beginnings

Bridge 127 began with the dreams of two foster moms who were tired of seeing foster children walk into their homes with a garbage bag full of clothing that generally did not even fit.  They dreamed of providing these foster youth with a boutique shopping experience that would provide them with personal belongings that they could choose themselves and that nobody was going to take away.  These children already had so much taken away to no fault of their own.  The dream expanded to include a mentor program that would help high risk youth in and out of the system.  

Jessica Peters, Co-Founder

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home Mom and co-founder of Bridge 127, Inc., Jessica worked in cosmetology.  After years of struggling with infertility, she and her husband, Jim, decided to take a huge leap of faith and become foster parents.  Fast forward 10 years, and the Peters family has happily grown!  It was the journey that helped lead Jessica to Bridge 127.  Her vision and goal is that it will be beneficial for not only foster families and their children, but also the youth that are aging out of foster care and beginning to live independently.

Paula Weinert, Co-Founder 

Paula had a nursing background and never intended to begin fostering children.  She was raising four of her own children and felt that would be enough.  Paula and her husband, Tom, had every excuse in the book regarding why they should not become foster parents.  However, a family opportunity presented itself and Paula just could not say no.  That began the Weinert family fostering journey.  Many children have come through their home and their family was impacted immenselyby each and every one.  Paula's dream of Bridge 127 began when her now 8-year-old autistic son was brought to them at only 8-1/2 months old with nothing more than a diaper and a punch filled baby bottle.  She wanted to give more than just a home.  She wanted to provide mentorship for these youth as well as other foster moms and biological moms.  

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