River’s Way was founded in 1993 and established as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation in 1994. All of our operations are community based including walking programs, team building programs, gardening programs, physical fitness programs at the Bristol Family YMCA, Summer Camps, Downtown Internships, Ballad Health Internships, Cafe Central and our adventure programs where we continue to make use of the many opportunities our region has to offer. Our community based focus allows us to offer a range of programming that promotes the development of workforce soft skills. Many employer surveys indicate that these skills are critical to success on the job and this is certainly true for the youth and young adults of differing abilities who are involved with River’s Way. Workforce soft skills include such attributes as staying on task, helping others, staying positive and following directions. Our hands on programs provide perfect opportunities to develop these skills in settings that are challenging, fun filled and supportive. Our community based programs enable people of differing abilities to make meaningful contributions and connections to the community in which they live.
River’s Way is served by two full-time staff. Tom Hanlon has been the Executive Director for 25 years. Matt Kyle has been the Program Director for five years and a River's Way employee for nine years. River’s Way also employs up to 12 part time staff, and is served by many community volunteers.