The Sober Living Center, located at 1140 W. Bridge St., is a residential Christian discipleship program providing the support, accountability and skills needed to live addiction free and establish stable and productive lives. The Sober Living Center is open to any man who is willing to participate in programming and abide by program policies.
Bridge Street Mission Sober Living Program Phases
When a man first arrives at Bridge Street Mission, our focus is stabilization, usually from crisis. We offer a safe and clean bed in our bunk room in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. Daily meals are provided, along with showers, clothing and toiletries. He can stay with us for up to 30 days, all at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our donors.
During the first weeks, he meets the staff, volunteers and other men in the program. He begins to attend Bible studies and support groups, and takes on responsibilities around the building. He will complete the 5 sessions of “Mystery of Addiction” to identify the driving force behind his addiction and inspire hope that he can change. We will talk about his individual situation and goals. We will help him secure necessary documentation and complete a well being screening. We explore together whether our Sober Living Program is a good fit and which phase of the program he is ready for.
At this point, most of the men will enter the transformational phase of our program. During this time, he will be offered a scholarship for up to 8 months. He will fully engage in our comprehensive curriculum and schedule, taking classes, receiving individual counseling and entering one of our vocational tracks.
A key part of life transformation is helping to identify the faulty belief systems that drive his self-destructive behaviors. That’s essential to begin the process of healing and recovery. We will help him to explore the gifts and talents he has been given and how to use them to find and advance in a meaningful job. He will develop both hard and soft skills to prepare for employment. And we help him lay a foundation for good financial health and begin to deal with past money problems.
Upon completion, a program “graduate” can continue to live with us in our re-entry phase. Now he is generating income and paying his own way, living on a budget, and working on debt reduction. He is active in a church of his choice and is paired with a volunteer mentor. He continues in Bible studies (in person or correspondence) and support groups like Celebrate Recovery.
Finally, he will transition out of our Sober Living Center equipped to re-enter society as a healthy contributor with a firm Biblical foundation of who he is in Christ.
Five Foundational Agreements
- I agree to live sober and free from drugs and alcohol
- I agree to live clean in my personal hygiene, private room and common areas
- I agree to honor my peers with respect and dignity
- I agree to fully participate in my program phase
- I agree to honor the Christian-based policy
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