Bridge to Life in Sarasota, Florida was opened in April of 2017 as a halfway house for women who are struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Our primary purpose is to assist women in starting over and living clean and/or sober. Random drug testing, performed by our onsite 24-hour management, is part of our program.
Bridge to Life provides a pathway from addiction to recovery by requiring regular mandatory Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous meeting attendance. In our house, we provide recovering addicts with the tools to face life on life's terms and to ultimately be a contributing productive member of society. One of the requirements is to be employed or to be actively seeking employment. All halfway house residents are required to sign in and out and provide information as to where they are going and when they will return. Residents are also responsible for daily chores and to attend all weekly house meetings.
Currently we are funded by donors & resident's rent.All residents are required to pay $150/week with a $100 admission fee.
Our officers have a combined clean time of over fifteen years and have been actively involved in Narcotics Anonymous. They have held numerous service positions such as public relations, hospitals and institutions, activities director etc. Each of our officers devote at least 20 hours/week to Bridge to Life.
Our officers are:
President / Secretary: Danielle Thorpe
Vice President / Treasurer: Tim Gallien
Director of Operations: Ashley Minnick
A recovering addict, Danielle has been inspired by her active participation in recovery programs since June 10th of 2015.
A life that was once full of darkness has turned into one beyond her wildest dreams. Her passion is to pass on to other recovering addicts the gift of loving them until they can learn to love themselves.
In addition to helping provide them with the tools necessary to face life on life's terms without the use of drugs, Danielle is a former personal trainer and believes that the keys to overall happiness include mental, spiritual and physical well-being.
Tim has been a recovering addict since September 15th of 2011: the day he surrendered and asked for help. He moved into a transitional living house where he learned structure, rules, and the tools necessary to be a contributing member of society. Since Tim has been in recovery, he has been an active member of Narcotics Anonymous and has held many positions in both his home group and at the area service level. Tim acquired his cosmetology license in the state of Florida in 2012 and has owned a successful hair salon ever since.
Tim is extremely grateful for the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous and all the relationships he has established over the years. His way of giving back to the community is by helping one addict at a time.
Ashley has been clean since December 6th of 2017. She moved into a Bridge to Life house in 2019 and appreciated the love, support, and accountability that the house had to offer. As the need presented itself, she stepped into a leadership position and has maintained that role since. She is involved with Narcotics Anonymous and has held multiple area service positions. The empty life of addiction she once had has completely changed into one with purpose, integrity and love for herself and others. She has been able to rebuild the damaged relationships with her children and has set goals that she has been able to work toward and accomplish while being a part of Bridge to Life. She attributes the safe environment and the support she has in the house to being able to stay clean a day at a time and build a life that she can be proud of.
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