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The Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth fund “Heartmath” for the entire HomeBridge Community!

Teaching the young people we serve to manage both their emotions and behaviors is a major focus in a lot of the therapeutic programming offered throughout the HomeBridge Community.

In 2009 HomeBridge piloted emWave software known as “Heartmath” to utilize during programming in our crisis stabilization center and saw great results. The system teaches the user how to achieve an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in–sync and balanced. It helps the user achieve coherence and alignment through simple-to-learn exercises and feedback.

Using a pulse sensor plugged into the USB port, the desktop system collects pulse data through the user’s fingertip and translates the information into user-friendly graphics displayed on the computer screen. Through coherence techniques, interactive exercises and game play, the system helps the user bring their heart and mind into a coherent state, building resilience, increased energy and promoting focus, mental clarity and emotional balance. The same system has been used to treat soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

After hearing about this system and the positive impacts it was having on the youth at HomeBridge, the Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth generously agreed to fund the purchase of a system for each of HomeBridge’s facilities and our on-site school program. Our youth care teams are very excited to have this invaluable tool in all HomeBridge programs to assist in their efforts to reduce stress, improve concentration, assist with anger management and help the youth learn how to maintain emotional clarity in the midst of chaos. The impact of the Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth’s generosity will be felt for many years to come.