David and Joyce Detert Presented the Outstanding Community Support Group Award

David and Joyce Detert, leaders of the BRIDGES of Friendship to International Students in Door County program, earned the Outstanding Community Support Group Leadership Award at the Community Support Group Summit in Branson, Missouri, in November.

The award – a collaboration between the Exchange Visitor Program sponsor community and the U.S. State Department – recognizes the efforts of Community Support Group volunteers who are dedicated to making Exchange Visitor Program participants feel welcome and serve as models for other groups to follow.Community members created the BRIDGES program after realizing that hundreds of Exchange Visitor Program participants come to the area every summer, eager to engage with Americans and build lasting friendships. The program provides assistance, services and friendship to these participants. The Deterts lead a coalition among the churches that make up BRIDGES.