OUR MINISTRIES

Motivated by Christ’s teachings, we treat people with dignity, care and acceptance so that they can shape their own lives, and ultimately, inspire others to do the same.

We assist individuals in need with mail service, hygiene products, transitional housing, clothing vouchers, benefits assistance, education classes and recovery group meetings. An on-site volunteer assists applicants in qualifying and filling out documentation for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps).

Learn more about each of our ministries below.

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His Place

His Place Ministry is our men’s transitional housing facility that provides a place for continued recovery and spiritual growth following completion of a rehabilitation program.

Our goal is to move these men from crisis (homelessness) to stability, providing accountability, structure and affordable housing to enable them to save their money for deposits, utility connect fees and appropriate tools or uniforms needed for gainful employment and stable housing. The men remain drug and alcohol free, in a recovery program and be employed. The program fee is $100.00 per week. An interview is required.

Food Ministry Program

We serve hot, healthy meals Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-11:30.a.m. It’s a time for us to talk with our clients and get to know their underlying needs in their lives as they get the nutrition they need. Bright Bridge’s Food Ministry Program is open to the public.

Our Food Ministry Program is designed to provide an avenue and means to address other issues facing the chronically homeless and poor in the community with a safe, refreshing, nurturing environment. The program helps promote the dignity and nutritional well-being of the homeless and poor of the community by setting a healthy physical environment for spiritual feeding.

Due to recent health concerns about COVID-19, our Food Ministry program now has tables just outside our building, where people may receive the food in to-go boxes, rather than dining as a group in our building.  We want to continue to serve our community, and to keep them safe, minimizing crowds that may cause exposure to the virus, in compliance with current guidelines by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We have also expanded our serving hours to meet increased community needs at this time, now serving food Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Support for this project was provided by a grant from UMCOR.  We are fortunate enough to have received a generous grant from The United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries, Inc. (UMCOR) to sustain our Food Ministry through the month of July.

Hygiene Ministry Program

We distribute hygiene products the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This is an important outreach effort, serving under-resourced individuals who would otherwise not have access to the items they need to stay healthy. Bright Bridge's Hygiene Ministry program is open to the public.

Our Hygiene Ministry program continues at this time, and we have adapted our procedures due to recent health concerns about COVID-19.  Pre-made hygiene kits are now distributed at the start of each month, by our staff and volunteers at Bright Bridge.

As we strive to meet the hygiene needs of the local community, Bright Bridge always appreciates any donations or support.  Explore the following categories of common items we collect for this ministry:

-Shampoo
-Soap Bars

-Toothpaste
-Toothbrushes

-Pads
-Tampons

-Deodorant

Educational Classes

Learn to Read

Bright Bridge Ministries offers Learn to Read classes, held on site Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. An instructor from Learn to Read provides free, one-on-one instruction to adults (aged 18 and above) in basic literacy. These classes are open to the public.

Learn to Read of Northwest Florida, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to helping functionally illiterate adults improve their lives. Their mission is to ensure that no adult members of society be denied opportunities and privileges because they cannot read and write.

Life Skills

Life Skills classes cover a variety of topics pertinent to resident needs.

Meetings are Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. Currently, Life Skills classes are for residents of His Place only, providing practical skills needed for success.

Chadwick House

Chadwick House is supportive off site housing for His Place transitional housing program. Residency at Chadwick House requires recommendation of Resident Manager.

Recovery Groups

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Meetings are every Friday night from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. A meal is included. Celebrate Recovery is open to the public.

Grace Group

Grace Group is a 12-step, Christian-based recovery program for addictions of any kind. Meetings are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m.-1:00.p.m. Grace Group is open to the public.

AA

AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, is a 12-step recovery program for addiction to alcohol only. Meetings are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 12:00 p.m., and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. AA meetings at Bright Bridge are open to the public.

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Testimonials

“If you ever want to see God working miracles, stop by and visit us.”

Chadwick House Resident

Food Stamp Assistance

Our on-site volunteer assists applicants in qualifying and filling out documentation for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) benefits on Thursdays from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Earn a Bike Program

Our Earn a Bike Program offers the ability for participants to volunteer 30 hours to earn a bicycle. This program is open to all.

Mail Service

Bright Bridge Ministries offers a safe place for homeless individuals to receive their mail. Mail may be picked up Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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