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Blog December 27, 2013

Connecting Technology with the Local St. Louis Community

Connectria is known for its award-winning managed and cloud hosting services, but what some may NOT know is our commitment to our local St. Louis community. I want to dedicate this blog post to an organization we have been working with for over 3+ years, The Bridge. This wonderful organization provides a sanctuary for homeless and at-risk persons in St. Louis. Meals and support services for basic human needs are offered by a staff intent on eradicating homelessness by guiding guests on a path to self-sufficiency. Guests are provided not only food but other essentials such as clothing, shelter and computers with internet access.

Connectria employees volunteer at dinner services month after month and have been doing so for  years. This includes preparing and serving food as well helping with cleanup and other tasks around the kitchen. But this is only the tip of the iceberg though.

Connectria runs the Bridge website as well as an essential health information database using the very same HIPAA Compliant Hosting solution we utilize for our customers. Every person seeking help at the shelter is given an ID that contains their health information. If they are ever found in an unfortunate situation, their ID can be scanned for instant access to their health information including allergies, current medications, medical conditions and etc. Needless to say, this ID and the back-end database it is connected to can potentially save a person’s life.

In more recent news, Connectria’s CEO, Rich Waidmann, raised enough money to provide all Bridge employees with health insurance. While 50% was pledged by Connectria, the other 50% was almost single handedly collected by Rich at a Bridge fundraising event last November. This was such an emotional moment that people around the room were brought to tears. Hands down it was one of the most inspirational events I have experienced in my life as well.  See a few photos from the event on Connectria’s Facebook page.

So although we spend a lot of time talking about managed hosting and cloud hosting, we always leave a spot in our hearts (and time of course) to dedicate to local organizations helping our local St. Louis community such as the Bridge.

A special thanks goes out to Rich Waidmann, Troy Schoewe, Amanda Doolittle (coat drive), the rest of Connectria’s employees who spend countless hours supporting this great organization.

If you have any inspirational stories you would like share or would like to give a shout out to someone not mentioned above please add your comment below or send an email to

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