Mom and Dad. That’s what the students, and our staff, like to call them.
One of the more unique aspects of BridgeBuilders is our training team. While the BridgeBuilders WORK program takes many moving parts to be successful, none are more important than William Lee and Julie Busse.
Together William and Julie provide life skills training and support for many people who have rarely or never seen encouragement or support. Mr. Lee and Ms. Busse are unique, however, in how they perfectly complement one another.
Mr. Lee provides tough love. Without sacrificing encouragement, he tells students what they need to hear, messages to challenge them, to push them to achieve more than they’ve ever achieved.
His Army background apparent, Mr. Lee commands the respect of the room. But he’s not just a drill sergeant. He has developed a unique curriculum exclusive to BridgeBuilders, which teaches students the relationships vital to their lives: with God, self, others, and creation.
In a near perfect complement, Ms. Busse takes a nurturing role with her students. Her background in special education perfectly suits her to provide the nurturing support students need. The vital needs of encouragement and support are met through Ms. Busse’s teaching and demeanor.
Together, Mr. Lee and Ms. Busse provide the opposite, yet complementary, needs of the students in our program: both the discipline and the encouragement, and together they are helping build a strong, holistic, successful life skills and vocational training course.