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The Orlando Bridge Re-Entry Fair PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 11:15

Article By: Scott Davidson, Diana Gonzalez

The Society of St. Dismas Chaplaincy Department hosted the first Orlando Bridge Re-Entry Fair on August 17, 2011 at the Cathedral of St. Dismas. 

There were twenty-three Community Resource Providers that attended the event and presented services such as: housing, employment, education, recovery groups, financial and banking services, faith based ministries, family support services and health care assistance. 

The Community Resource Partners that attended were: Workforce of Central Florida, Salvation Army, Orlando DMV, Center for Goodwill Industries, Drug Free Living, BB & T, Wells Fargo, Hope N Help Center Well Care, Family Support & Visitation Center, Orange Family Counseling, Open Homes Regeneration, Next Step, Toast Masters, Teen Challenge, Westside Tech, Coalition For The Homeless, Clear Vapor, Orlando County Health Department, Central Florida Center For Independent Living, Pact Of Faith, Lakeside Alternatives, Valencia Community College.

Each of the four hundred residents from the Orlando Bridge Work Release, Transition Center and Treatment Center had an opportunity to meet each provider in order to understand the support of the various services that are provided in our community.

The event was an enormous success for the Orlando Bridge residents, the Community Resource Providers, and for the Staff.  There were many residents that shook my hand and that said, “Thank you the fair really helped me.”

The Community Resource Providers stated that “they enjoyed the event and couldn’t believe that so many of our clients attended.”  The Staff and Community Partners also enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Chef Mike Schnitzer and the TOB Culinary Department.

The Chaplaincy Department will be hosting the Orland Bridge Re-Entry Fair bi-annually.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this a success.  We look forward to our next fair in six months.


Father Charles Brown Radio Interview PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 10:51

In response to the Groundbreaking Event for the new Jacksonville Bridge facility, radio host Jim Byard of Renda Broadcasting requested an interview with Father Charles Brown. Father Charles had the opportunity to share the story of Bridges of America on the “Inside Jacksonville” radio show. Listen to the 15-minute clip that aired on August 7, 2011 on Jacksonville’s stations Lite 96.1, Country Legends 100.7, Gator 99.9, and Classic Rock 94.1.

Reaching Out in the Name of Christ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:02

As I am writing this we are in the seventeenth day after Easter. During the forty days following our Lord’s resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus appeared several times to the disciples as well as others, one time being seen by over five hundred people at once (1Cor. 15:6). Scripture gives us the different reasons for each of His appearances but one thing they all accomplished was proving that He had risen and was alive and well.

In John 21 during this forty-day period, the disciples had decided to go fishing, just like they used to do before they met and began following Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). They failed to catch anything and started back, but before they got to shore they spotted Jesus standing there. He told them to drop their nets into the water and the nets came up full, just as they had in the Luke story. In the Luke story from that day on, while Jesus was with them in the flesh day after day they followed Him and did as He said. In John’s story however, when He had been out of their sight for a short while, they had gone back to doing what they were doing before they met Him.

In recovery, this sort of behavior (losing sight of Him) can lead to relapse. But it is foolish to think that it only applies to those in recovery. Losing sight of Jesus in our lives can lead to backsliding into our old ways. We all need to keep our eyes on Jesus, especially during the times we don’t particularly feel like He’s right there beside us. Jesus told us “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:21; NIV)

Join us during this season between Easter and His Ascension in praising God for all that He’s done in our lives and the sacrifice He made for us. Staying focused on our Lord Jesus will give us continued hope and strength for any challenges life presents each day.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support, and we pray for God’s continued blessings over you and your families.

Love, Open Homes Staff

Fr Charles Brown Discusses Substance Abuse in Kenya PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 07 June 2010 13:28

Nairobi, Kenya

Father Charles Brown, VP of Programs, Bridges of America, accompanied the Patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates, and Archbishop Charles Jones on their visit to east Africa to meet with prison officials and drug rehab professionals in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. 

On Tuesday, April 28, Fr Charles and Bishop Bernard Njoroge met with Professor Catherine Gachutha, CEO, Maranatha International Counseling Foundation, Helen Njoroge, Director and Programs Manager, MICF, and Mrs. Jennifer Kimani, National Coordinator / CEO, national Campaign Against Drug Abuse Authority. 

Fr Charles discussed the substance abuse programs offered by Bridges of America and the Society of St. Dismas and explored ways the CEC and St. Dismas could partner with these agencies to reduce substance abuse and rehabilitate abusers in Kenya. He summarized the success rates of these programs, the importance of program standards and collaboration with the State. The group set several goals to help develop standards and share curricula and training materials. All participants believe a partnership with the CEC and St Dismas can have a positive impact on the problems of substance abuse in Kenya. Please pray for these efforts.

This entry was written by Scott+ and posted on May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm and filed under CEC Communications, CEC Kenya, CEC News, Charismatic Episcopal Church.

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