Thank You, Chris!

The friendship between Chris Hammer and Andrea Fonte Weaver goes back 30 years. Upon retirement, Chris began volunteering in Bridges in his hometown and really enjoyed the program. He stepped forward and offered to help Andrea coordinate volunteers before Bridges Together was founded.There was a synergy to their relationships. As Andrea convened a founding board, she asked Chris to join. No one knew the journey that would follow as they incorporated and grew this organization. Chris’ many gifts were critical to the organization’s success. He served as board chair for a term and last month, completed his second term on the board, concluding his official service in this capacity. Chris was honored at our Circle of Love event last month. His wife, Carol, was also recognized – because “behind every good man is a great woman”!

Andrea read the following tribute compiled from the board and staff – an acrostic poem of gratitude both of which are a rich part of the BT story.



Open-minded and optimistic

Young-at-heart”…  active, joyful, hopeful!

Dedicated to God, family, friends and the organizations he serves





Insightful and knowledgeable

Scout-master for many years


Helping hands…. And thinking cap – Always!


Meditator extraordinaire!



Rock – on which Bridges Together was built!

Thank you, Chris, for all of your support and love! We are so very grateful….


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