Community Bridges Inc. was founded in 2021 by Susan Nelson, a former drug treatment center administrator, and Frank Kern, an outreach worker with the Arizona De…
Community Bridges Inc. was founded in 2021 by Susan Nelson, a former drug treatment center administrator, and Frank Kern, an outreach worker with the Arizona Department of Corrections. The organization uses the concept of “sober living” to provide alternatives to drug treatment in halfway houses throughout the state. Ms. Nelson has been quoted as saying, “Sober living is about going back to being a person.” In addition to providing opportunities for inmates and their families, Community Bridges provides classes, activities and training for anyone who wants to start a transition to living in a halfway house or other residential environment. Classes include everything from yoga and meditation to carpentry and painting.
Currently, there are eleven transitional living facilities in Arizona. Seven are prison-based while five are halfway houses that offer similar services to those found in prison. As many as twenty-five percent of the parolees in Arizona are of Hispanic, black or other ethnic backgrounds. Many are fathers, mothers, children or retirees; sometimes they are both. The goal of Community Bridges Inc. is to make transitional living a reality for these individuals and their loved ones.
To apply for a transitional program, you must first be accepted into a program. Once accepted, you will need to complete an application, sign a master agreement and complete any other documentation the organization may request. You will need to supply all of the required paperwork and be ready to make a commitment to living at the halfway house. If you successfully completed the program, you will then be assigned an immediate transition coach who will guide you through the process. Once in-house, your assigned coach will assist you and your assigned team in creating a transition plan that is based on your needs and circumstances.