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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.

Evangelism Explosion International PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:23

Some of the women at the EE Graduation

     On Wednesday June 13, eleven women from The Bradenton Bridge graduated with college credit classes on Evangelism. Evangelism Explosion International is affiliated with Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Evangelism Explosion was founded by Dr. James Kennedy in 1970 in association with Coral Presbyterian Church. Chaplain Sharon Burke coordinates volunteers from Evangelism Explosion to come to the facility and teach a variety of faith-based college credit classes to the women at the Bradenton Bridge. The students do not have to attend Knox Theological Seminary to take the courses and receive credit. The credits can then be applied to their college of choice. Evangelism Explosion invited the whole community to the special graduation ceremony, which concluded with a time of refreshments and fellowship. The graduation was attended by 75 inmates and various staff, who all stated they “had a great time of celebration!”
     If you would like to see more pictures of the graduation you can visit our Bridges of America Facebook page.  The link is provided below.

International Fatherhood Conference PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:48


Four of the men who were honored, along with some of The Society of St. Dismas Chaplains

      From June 12th to 15th, Bridges of America and the Society of St. Dismas were actively involved in the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference in Fort Lauderdale.  Under the leadership of Dr. Jeffery Johnson and The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL), this conference attracts government leaders, agency executives and nationally known professionals from around the country.  We were invited to participate and five of our men honored as “Favorite Fathers”.  Bridges of America brought teams from Corporate, The Broward County Bridge and The Turning Point Bridge to collaborate with these Fatherhood leaders.

      Father Charles Brown and Father Ginery Twichell were part of the conference kick-off Prayer Breakfast, where faith leaders were asked to pray for the Conference and the work of fatherhood and family reconciliation.  The Breakfast was a powerful time of prayer, as God was moving, touching, and inspiring us all to reach farther than ever before.  We know that fatherhood is important to God, as his last words of the Old Testament are:  “He turned the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers”.  We are called to this ministry to be the restorers of the breach. 

      The first night of the Conference was a time to honor Favorite Father Essay Contest winners from South Florida, as well as five of our program participants.  These men volunteered to complete a Nurturing Parenting program and demonstrate the qualities of a responsible father. One of the men is now a grandfather.  Our men received certificates from Broward County and the NPCL.  They received a tremendous ovation as everyone realized how much had gone into this transformation from where they were to being honored in such a special forum.       
      It has become more and more evident that Fatherhood, Healthy Marriages and Families are essential to full restoration for those in our care. While we went to the conference to learn and meet other leaders, we were blessed to meet so many people who wanted to know more about what we do and are interested in future collaboration.  This was an exciting experience and we know there is much more to come. 

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