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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:31


Easter Reenactment at TBB

     On Easter Sunday the women at the Bradenton Bridge performed a play written by Aretha Johnson, a client at the Bridge.  Aretha was inspired to write this drama by what she perceives as a growing loss of understanding about the real reason for Easter.  She feels that, like Christmas, this special day has been exploited, and the real meaning misplaced.  The play was based on Matthew 27:60 and 28:1-20.

We say, “Great job!”  to the women at TBB.
If you would like to see more pictures on this Easter Reenactment go to the BOA Facebook page.

Family Day PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2012 09:36

Kids coloring Easter eggs with the Easter bunny at TPB.

     Family Days at BOA sites are always special occasions, and this past weekend several of our facilities hosted activities surrounding a celebration of Easter.  Staff, clients, and families all enjoyed a menu of activities. There were Easter egg hunts, as well as lots of games such as bombing the Easter Bunny with water balloons (at Turning Point)! Other fun activities for the children included face painting and Easter egg coloring. Gospel music was played at the Broward County Bridge, and there was food provided everywhere! All the children left with gifts.

What a wonderful Resurrection holiday everyone had!

Bridge Builder’s Training PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 30 March 2012 08:59


Lori Costantino-Brown Speaking of the Bridgebuilder's history

     On March 13 and 14th, the Chaplaincy Department conducted a two-day Bridgebuilder’s training at The Cathedral of St. Dismas. Bridgebuilder’s is a Christ-centered twelve step program for life controlling problems. All Chaplains from The Society of St. Dismas were in attendance at the event that focused on equipping them to facilitate Bridgebuilder’s groups at each Bridges of America facility. Also in attendance were Carol Zoffinger and Rebecca Campbell, from Zoe’s Journey, an organization that assists women transitioning from incarceration to self-sufficiency. Ms. Zoffinger is founder of that organization, while Ms. Campbell serves as a counselor at their Lakeland facility.

      Each day began with a devotion and prayer by Dr. Thomas Beckner, Director of Chaplaincy Services and Program Development. Lori Costantino-Brown, Bridges of America president, opened the two-day event by providing an introduction to the Bridgebuilder’s program. The remaining sessions were led by three experienced program facilitators. Regional Chaplain Scott Davidson presented the basic program philosophy, core purposes of the group, and discussed facilitation of a Bridgebuilder’s meeting. Fr. Charles Brown, Senior Vice-President of Bridges of America, imparted his wisdom of the twelve steps and faith recovery. The training concluded with Regional Chaplain Ginery Twichell sharing practical applications of group facilitation principles.

Chaplains of Bridges of America. Click to see in full size

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:37


Father Ginery Twichell and The Men at The Broward County Bridge

    The Broward County Bridge made it a high priority to enhance and increase mentoring opportunities.  Several months ago, they began meeting with community partners, representatives from their therapeutic community, and Staff.  The mission of this Mentoring Task Force was to increase successful transition to independence through mentoring by building supportive and accountable relationships with trained mentors from the community.
    On March 17, they held their first event in an effort to increase awareness of their new program—a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. In addition, the day consisted of presentations by both mentors and mentees explaining mentoring concepts and their value to participants.  There was also a fabulous barbecue lunch complete, with a special cake, and featuring a Gospel rapper who has volunteered to be a mentor. The mentors then rolled up their sleeves and served the coaches, referees, and time/scorekeepers.  They also spent time getting to know the men of the Broward Bridge.
     The day concluded with an awards ceremony that actually was more of a celebration of the entire event with the volunteer mentors, the TC men, and the staff all joining together.  It was a festive and informative time for everyone and a wonderful way to kick off the mentoring program.

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