As a program of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, BRIDGES provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence including emotional support, safety planning, systems advocacy to access community resources, education about the dynamics of domestic violence and collaboration with community partners.
We strive to offer inclusive and welcoming services for survivors of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.
BRIDGES also breaks the isolation of abuse by connecting Deaf survivors to services provided by our partners in Georgia, including domestic violence program shelters, community-based domestic violence programs and the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information on the full set of services we offer directly or through our partners, click here.
DeAnna Swope is currently a Program Manager for BRIDGES Deaf Advocacy Program under Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence. She has worked in domestic violence since 2012 educating hearing agencies to become Deaf-friendly services for Deaf and hard of hearing survivors. DeAnna loves being a community advocate. She obtained a BA in Social and Criminal justice as well as an MA in Public Administration.
The BRIDGES Advisory Committee provides valuable guidance and support for BRIDGES’ work and strengthens our connection to the Deaf community. As members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, or hard of hearing communities, these individuals are committed to sharing their talents, feedback and support to the BRIDGES mission.
Dawn Duran is a RID NIC Advanced, RID SC:L interpreter. She has been interpreting since Jan. 1990. She has worked diligently with multiple Deaf agencies supporting survivors of abuse for over 10 years. She currently works full-time as the Chief Marketing Officer for ASL Communication, and absolutely loves it!
Makoto Ikegami is a licensed clinical social worker for the states of Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia. Currently, Makoto works as an ASL Therapist for one of CaringWorks’ residential programs, Hope House, which is for men who are seeking recovery from addiction. Makoto’s responsibilities at Hope House include assessment, psycho-education and individual and family psychotherapy for Deaf and hard of hearing members. Makoto received a MSW from Gallaudet University in 2009 and a DSW from Walden University in 2019.
Penny Hollis is a Georgia native and University of North Georgia alumni with a degree in social work. She is working toward a second degree in human services. She is a mother/grandmother of two adult children and two grandchildren. She loves to do crafting and sewing in her free time.
June Alsobrook is a doting mother of three children and grandmother of two pre-teen granddaughters. June is a strong community advocate at heart, loves to help others thrive by sharing wisdom and is excited to see BRIDGES flourishing!
Stacey Anderson is a disability employment specialist with many years of experience. Stacey enjoys assisting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with choosing career paths that lead to independence and self-sufficiency. Employment is the beginning of financial freedom.
Andrea Alston was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. Andrea received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Gallaudet University. Andrea has a big loving husband, Matthew and daughter, Aundrea. Andrea works as a community coordinator at Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GCDHH). Andrea is grateful to be part of an advisory committee that has strongly advocated for people with hearing loss providing various resources.
LaQuanda Jackson’s passion for the Deaf community has been an abiding presence in her everyday life and has influenced LaQuanda’s goal to be a mental health counselor. LaQuanda joined the committee after witnessing the struggles of fellow Deaf community members with domestic violence and believes in BRIDGES and its mission to assist the Deaf community. LaQuanda’s children have been her biggest supporters and motivation to do bigger things, and they encourage LaQuanda to commit to achieving goals.