Society of Saint Dismas
The Orlando Bridge now provides another outlet of worship PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:32


Bridges of America has now partnered with Northland Church to host their 7:00pm Monday night worship service each week for our Clients. The first live streamed worship service was held on September 17th at the Cathedral of St. Dismas.  Nearly 70 Clients attended, as well as 4 Northland worship facilitators.  Following the worship service, everyone enjoyed a special welcome cake and refreshments.Dr. Thomas Beckner, Director of Chaplaincy Services, along with Chaplains Scott Davidson and Willie Wilson, coordinated this partnership.

To read more details and view more pictures, click on the link provided.

Becky Ernst PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:43

Becky Ernst is the newest member of our Chaplaincy team, serving the women of the Auburndale Bridge.  She is pictured here with Ms. Alice Powell (right), Executive Director of the facility.  Chaplain Ernst has an undergraduate degree from Augustana College, and received a Masters in Divinity from Luther Seminary.  Becky came to the ministry after having raised a family and been a successful small business owner.  She has prior chaplaincy experience in a both a hospital and a private residential center for the chemically dependent.  Becky started her career with us on August 14th. 

We welcome her aboard!

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.

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