The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) held their 2017 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Anthony’s Lake Club in Danbury, CT.
The luncheon’s centerpiece was a fashion show presented by Workspace Collective, a retail and design co-op located in Danbury, CT, specializing in locally made sustainable clothing as well as candles, bath bombs and local craft.
The show featured a collection of fashions influenced by various makers from different countries. “Our visions align; a lot of the pieces we carry are made by artisan workshops from different countries and local women. [TBICO] focuses on providing jobs for women as well,” commented Meagan Neville, fashion show producer and founder and director of Workspace Collective, on why she decided to partner with TBICO for the event.
TBICO is a resource center for individuals and families seeking to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency through employment, financial literacy and stable housing. They meet people at their point of need so that they can overcome challenges, achieve stability and improve their lives and the lives of their children. According to TBICO President and CEO, Louann Bloomer, the organization is primarily funded by private donations and corporate grants. “We don’t charge for any of our services. We are always looking for people to volunteer in a variety of ways, one being with these events.” Like TBICO’s partnership with Workspace Collective for the event, she explained, “[Workspace Collective] is a unique entrepreneurial endeavor and I had heard a lot of very nice things about Megan and her initiative. We are both located in and support Danbury, and we support people who are bringing vibrancy back to Danbury.”
TBICO’s curriculum blends basic job and life skills with computer and workforce training. The Corporate Edge Skills Training Program is comprehensive and employment-focused. By President Bloomer’s estimate, TBICO usually helps between 550 and 600 people per year.
“As usual, TBICO did not disappoint with their annual luncheon and fashion show. We enjoy supporting such a worthy event,” said, Nancy Borought, a guest at the event.
It was also announced at the luncheon that TBICO will be changing its name to “Career Opportunities and More” in the near future, but that their general goals and methods will remain the same.
For more information, visit the company website at www.tbicoworks.org.