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The Bridge Program

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 a court to help them restore and rebuild their lives.

The program helps people to recover from the chains of addiction and instead be productive members of our community. By addressing the underlying addiction behind criminal activity, the Bridge Program at your Mission not only ensures a more positive result for the individual, but by keeping more than 30 low-risk inmates out of our jails and prisons at $125 to $150 per day, this program saves taxpayers more than $1.5 million each year.

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 2016 will be held at the following dates and locations:

March 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission

June 24, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission

November 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission

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.

In the Mission: Possible Capital Campaign, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation’s contribution has been recognized in the naming of the Bridge Program Office.

Carol Lehman
Carol Lehman, Program Director 

Anthony Matthews, Case Manager


Matthew 25:35-36: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

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