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Senator Andy Gardiner PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:15

Senator Andy Gardiner took a tour of The Orlando Bridge Transition Center and Work Release. He had the opportunity to speak with four inmates who were doing a Bible study with Chaplain Willie Wilson.  One inmate shared that he’d been behind the walls for seven years on a trafficking charge and that the Bridge has changed his life.  He’s now part of the TC Structure and mentors men who are in Phase One. 

For more information on this event and to view more pictures you can vist our Bridges of America Facebook page.

Back to School Family Day at The Turning Point Bridge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:02

Chaplain Willie Tillman & some of the families who attended.

On August 8th The Turning Point Bridge held a Back-to-School Family Day event—a day where families could bond together before the school year began. Chaplain Willie Tillman recruited George “Buster” Rhymes, former Minnesota Vikings football player, to share the story of how he overcame a drug addiction and to explain how families can be supportive of one another in overcoming obstacles in their lives. Two other guest speakers were also in attendance, Reverend Stonewall Sims and Pastor Andrew Wells. They, too, emphasized the importance of families and reminded the audience of just how special our children are. There was a host of activities throughout the day, including a Sack Race, Hoola Hoop contest, Tug of War, and basketball. The men at Turning Point grilled a delicious lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers, and every child took home a goodie bag filled with candy and a backpack filled with supplies for the school year.  To quote Chaplain Tillman, “The team pulled off a fantastic back-to-school backpack bash!”
Let’s wish all of our families a phenomenal school year!

Visit our Bridges of America Facebook Page to view more pictures of this event.

Correctional Officials Tour the Orlando Bridge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 03 August 2012 12:44

 Bridges of America was honored to host our partners from the Florida Department of Corrections on July 26th.  Deputy Secretary Mike Crews and Deputy Assistant Secretary Michelle Pyle traveled from Tallahassee to tour all three Orlando Bridge facilities.  Additional local corrections administrators joined them for the afternoon visit.  Here, Dr. Thomas Beckner, Director of Chaplaincy Services and Program Development shares the work of facility chaplains and the role of faith in our recovery programming.

If you would like to see more pictures of the tour you can visit our Bridges of America Facebook Page. The link is provided below.


Florida Partners in Crisis PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2012 10:40


   Dr. Tom Beckner and Father Charles Brown at the FPIC Conference

     Fr. Charles Brown and Dr. Thomas Beckner served as joint presenters of a session entitled “The Role of Faith in Treatment” at the 2012-13 annual conference of Florida Partners in Crisis, July 12-13.  Fr. Brown provided the participants with a view of faith as a treatment modality and examined how personal faith can play a pivotal recovery role in substance abuse and mental health treatment.  Dr. Beckner shared the Bridges of America chaplaincy model and described the interaction of chaplains with clinical staff and with community resources that can assist reentry efforts.

To view more pictures of this conference click on the link below.

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