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 access to nutritious meals, mail service, hygiene products, housing, educational classes and recovery group meetings.

Learn more about each of our ministries below.

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His Place

His Place Ministry is our men’s shelter that provides a place for recovery and spiritual growth for those transitioning off the streets.

Our goal is to help men moving from crisis (homelessness) to stability, providing accountability, structure and temporary 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. Men committing to the program must remain drug and alcohol free, in a life skills or recovery program, and employed. The program fee is $400.00 per month. 

Food Ministry Program

We serve hot, healthy meals Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-noon. 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.

Bright Bridge Ministries is honored to be a United Way of West Florida Partner Agency. United Way of West Florida supports our hot, healthy meals program and made it possible for us to feed over 1,800 men, women, and children through this program in 2023.

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 Thursday 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 held in the Learn-to-Read classroom and 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

Breathe

The Breathe class is a place for finding your breath. In this class, you are invited to participate in basic chair yoga as well as meditation exercises. Class held in Dining Hall Mondays 5:30-6:30pm.

Finance Class

This class will cover helpful tips to saving and thinking strategically about your personal financial management. Class held in Dining Hall on Tuesdays from 6-7pm.

Life Skills Class

This class covers life skills topics such as diabetes, addiction and healthy eating. This class is held in the Dining Hall on Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30pm.

Workforce Development

This class is for those looking for a new job or wanting to improve their performance on the job to increase workplace success. This class will help individuals identify professional opportunities and provide advice and direction on how to best approach different projects, relationships and work plans. Class held in Dining Hall on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm. 

All of our Life Skills Classes are free and open to the public.

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

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 at the first classroom in the south wing. AA meetings at Bright Bridge are open to the public.

NA

NA, or Narcotics Anonymous, is a 12-step recovery program for addiction to drugs or alcohol. Meetings are Thursday at 6 and Saturday at 10:30 am. NA meetings at Bright Bridge are open to the public.

Choose 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 in the dining hall. A meal is included. Choose Recovery is open to the public.

Grace Recovery Group

Grace Recovery Group is a 12-step, Christian-based recovery program for addictions of any kind. Meetings are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 p.m.-1:00.p.m in Grace Room on the north wing. Grace Group is open to the public.

The Most Excellent Way

The Most Excellent Way is a Christ-centered drug and alcohol recovery program that meets Saturdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the dining hall. The Most Excellent Way meetings 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

Earn a Bike Program

Our Earn a Bike Program offers the ability for participants to volunteer 20 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 Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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