RHA Howell Launches New “Bridges” Website

February 11, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – RHA Howell, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 35 years, has launched a new website dedicated solely to its “Bridges” Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP/C) division: www.rhabridges.com.

CAP/C provides home and community based services to medically fragile children in North Carolina under age 18. These children are at risk for long-term hospital care or nursing home care because of their medical needs. CAP/C provides in-home programs that keep families together by allowing the children to stay at home and still receive the services they need.

RHA Howell Bridges is dedicated to creating a better quality of life for these children and their families by serving as a coordinator – or “bridge” — for the family to those services, from the Department of Social Services to physicians, therapists, and pediatric nurses. This allows the family to concentrate on their child rather the process of providing services for him or her.

The new website, designed by Nelson Bruner of eHosted.com, reflects the upbeat, positive personality of the Bridges mission. It’s bright, colorful and simple to use. “Kid-friendly” was the term guiding Bruner’s decisions.

“Most of my work is very corporate,” Bruner said. “So it was challenging – and fun —  to stretch the envelope, so to speak, to create something with a more whimsical, child-friendly ambience.”

The new website features various menus, clearly presented, that take users from the more serious aspects of CAP/C services – such as case management, therapy services, medical supplies, and even career opportunities in the industry – to a “Kids Art Gallery” and “Share Your Stories” page where parents and other care-givers can post items themselves.

The site intersperses color photographs of children and care-givers with simple, child-like illustrations. Bright, bold type plays up phrases such as “When your world is turned upside down, we are here to help” and “Do what you do best. Love your child.”

Links also take visitors to the main RHA Howell, Inc. website and to a news blog featuring all of RHA Howell’s news and events, including those specifically related to the Bridges division.

To see the new website and to learn more about RHA Howell Bridges, go to www.rhabridges.com.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

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