Updated: May 20, 2021
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our beloved Direct Support Professionals Bridget Flores. Bridget, who was just 27 years old, was a Job Coach with the Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Employment Solutions program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as is her best friend Carleigh Orth. Carleigh shared with us just what made Bridget so special and why she will be greatly missed!
While Bridget was only with TMI for a year, she left an imprint on the lives of those she touched. She was a loving person who put the needs of others before herself. Bridget enjoyed working with her TMI clients and was quick with a smile, helping hand, or kind words. She was always available for her clients when they needed additional assistance and went above and beyond to ensure they received the best possible care and guidance. Bridget’s light radiated and warmed all who had a chance to meet her. She was blessed with altruism, grace and strength. When Bridget looked at you she saw value. She saw you as a human being, whether you were family, a close friend, or a stranger she had just met.
An active member of her church, Bridget enjoyed spending time with friends and family, as well as assisting in the daycare center at her church. She inspired children, encouraged her friends and adored her family. Bridget was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, godmother, friend, job coach, child care provider, and catechism teacher.
Bridget was an incredible person with a pure heart and cared with such a strong depth that we can all learn from her heart that shined like gold. The world will be quieter without her presence, but her spirit will live on in all of the lives that she touched.
Thank you for sharing this with us, Carleigh, and for continuing to be a wonderful TMI employee even in the most difficult of times. May Bridget rest in peace.
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.