Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) has a new logo featuring a modern look that incorporates the agency’s new name with an image of a bridge. It represents the next step of the agency’s efforts to expand the services and programs it offers for children and adults with special needs.
“’Gesher’ is the Hebrew word for bridge and it is our vision to create bridges to bring all communities together,” explains Amy Hummell, Gesher executive director.
The agency introduced its new name last year during their annual fundraiser. At that time, the organization also announced an updated mission statement: “To support individuals with special needs and their families in the Jewish community to lead fuller lives.” Also in the works is a redesigned website debuting later this year and steps to increase the number of individuals participating in its programs.
Gesher Disability Resources was founded in 1985 as the Council For Jews With Special Needs and was created to meet the special needs of children and adults with disabilities who were unable to participate in typical activities of Jewish life in Greater Phoenix. Among the current services and programs are inclusion support in all Jewish educational and recreational settings; teacher training and community education; monthly Simchat Shabbat services; social groups for children and adults with special needs; information and referral services. Visit cjsn.org.