The Watertown Urban
Mission’s Bridge Program helps people who face legal issues because of
alcohol or drug abuse by providing them with treatment options and case
management to empower our neighbors to overcome their addictions. Clients are sentenced
to the Bridge Program by the courts in order to restore and rebuild
their lives free from addiction.
The Bridge Program also coordinates the STOP DWI Victim Impact Panels, which give families affected by the tragedy of driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs the opportunity to share their stories and show others how driving while intoxicated is a choice that affects more than just the person who gets behind the wheel. Families who have spoken at these panels have found some peace in knowing that they are turning their tragedy of losing a loved one to a DWI crash into a positive by sharing their experience. The choice to drive while intoxicated or impaired by drugs, illegal or prescribed, has a ripple effect in the community and these panels aim to put a human face on the real consequences of the choice to commit DWI and prevent future tragedies. The panels for 2014 will be held at the following dates and locations:
2014 - 8:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington Street,
The panels are free to the public, but all who are mandated by a court to attend are required to pay $20 by cash or check on the day of the event. A light breakfast will be served for all who attend. A typical panel runs for about two hours.
Sal Ciulo, Program Director