For more than two years, Lila Greenidge has served as director of BRIDGES at Highland. She’s also done many other things in life — including being a “SLAM Poet” performer. Yes, she’s pretty creative and she brings a lot of passion to helping BRIDGES families reach their full potential.

Here is her story.

1) Describe your job at BRIDGES.

My job at BRIDGES is to be a constant motivating force to my team, and to provide them with the resources and tools they need to serve our members in a timely and efficient manner. I also collaborate daily with the BHE team and our local partners in order to make the community vision a reality.

2) Why did you decide to work at BRIDGES?

I’ve always wanted to work at a non-profit organization that is in alignment with my personal humanitarian virtues. When I found out about the work that BRIDGES does for families in Palm Beach County, it was an immediate “yes” for me to pursue this as a career option.

3) What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most is collaborating with a superb team in order to make a positive difference in the lives of our families. It is great to celebrate wins with parents that came to BRIDGES for assistance, and personally fulfilling to witness their growth

4) How are you making a difference in the lives of BRIDGES families?

The BRIDGES at Highland team is making a difference by helping families reach their ultimate goals in life. We are all committed to assisting our members in achieving these successes by being a supportive and guiding light to services and resources they need—especially when families have trauma or negative experiences in their life. We offer workshops like childbirth classes, financial literacy, and cooking classes, and our families benefit from them.

5) What do you hope families gain from attending BRIDGES activities?

If our families gain a sense of empowerment, confidence and knowledge from the BRIDGES workshops and activities, I think it is big win for them.  

6) Tell us about yourself –

I was born and raised in downtown Lake Worth on South E street by my family who emigrated to the U.S from Finland in the 1960’s. I attended Barton Elem and Lake Worth Middle School, and graduated from John I Leonard High School. Lake Worth is special to me because of the multi-cultural presence over many decades, and I am proud to call it my home.

7) Tell us something that we do not know about you?

From the ages of 18 through 25 years old, I was a SLAM Poet performer all over the East Coast from Florida all the way to Washington DC. I really loved being creative and performing original works that are thought-provoking, humorous, and entertaining. I am happily married to my husband who is an attorney and we have one amazing son together.