The Bridge Program
The Watertown Urban Mission’s Bridge program bridges people from addiction to recovery and sobriety. The program managers help people who face legal issues because of alcohol or drug abuse by providing them with treatment options and case management.
The program helps people to recover from addiction and guides them to having purpose and becoming productive members of our community. Clients are sentenced to the Bridge Program by a court to help them restore and rebuild their lives. By addressing the underlying addiction behind criminal activity, the Bridge Program 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. This is both therapeutic for the families and informative to the audiences. The panels aim to put a human face on the real consequences of the choice to commit DWI and prevent future tragedies. The panels for 2019 will be held at the following dates and location:
March 9th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission in the Community Room
June 15th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission in the Community Room
November 9th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Watertown Urban Mission in the Community Room
The panels are free to the public. 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 typical panel runs for about two hours. All are welcome to attend and no RSVP is necessary. Caregivers are welcome to bring their teenage children to the event. Please note the stories shared are real, often very emotional, and sometimes recall graphic events.
Additionally, the program holds an annual Run for Recovery, a 5k/10k walk/run which benefits our Bridge program. We raise awareness about addiction, treatment options, and we highlight and celebrate sobriety. This year’s race takes place on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!
In the Mission: Possible Capital Campaign, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation’s contribution has been recognized in the naming of the Bridge Program Office.
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.’