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Founded in 1980, Bridges of America is the largest, oldest and most successful private provider of re-entry programming in the state of Florida, providing a continuum of care in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, Transition Centers, Community Release Centers, and Community Re-Entry Services Transitional Housing for offenders, ex-felons and probation populations.

Frank Costantino, an ex-felon who was released in 1972 from the Florida Department of Corrections after serving time for burglary, opened up the first after-care resident program in Orlando, Florida, upon determining something was needed between prison and society to bridge the gap. What started as local ministry has now parlayed into a worldwide vision that serves more than 10,000 inmates and offenders annually.

Lori Costantino-Brown, Frank’s daughter, took on the leadership role as president and CEO of Bridges of America in 2006 when Frank passed away. Her leadership has enhanced the program to meet the needs of evidence-based treatment in the 21st century. She stands behind Bridges of America’s unwavering commitment to provide thousands of felony criminals the opportunity for rehabilitation and reintegration into their communities as law-abiding and tax-paying citizens nationally and internationally.

Bridges of America has the proven expertise in successfully addressing the requirements of the criminal justice system as well as in meeting the specialized substance abuse treatment and reintegration needs of the criminal justice population. BOA has contracted with the Florida Department of Corrections since 1980, and has managed more than 125 contracts with the DOC and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Probation and Parole Services, the county court systems and jails to service criminal justice populations. Read More

Bradenton Bridge Family Day

Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Burke 941.932.9030 x3210

Broward County Bridge Family Day

Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Terpstra 954.358.2650

Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center Graduation

Thursday, April 16, 2015
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Brown 904.345.5967

Broward County & Turning Point Bridges Graduation

 Thursday, March 26, 2015
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Broward County Bridge

Please contact Chaplain Duane Terpstra 954.358.2650

Orlando Bridge Family Day

Thursday, March 5, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Molleturo 407.291.1500 x2447

Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center Spring Family Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Brown 904.345.5967

Back To School Backpack Family Day

 Saturday, August 15, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Family. Service. Community.

Jacksonville (Non-Secure) Family Day – Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, June 28, 2015
12:00PM to 4:00PM

Please contact Chaplain Dawson 904.345.5987

Santa Fe Family Day

Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please contact Chaplain Brakefield 352.240.0861

Orlando Back To School Backpack Family Day

Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:00 PMFamily. Service. Community.

BOA 35th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 24, 2015 7:00 to 10:00PM Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Jacksonville CRC Family Day

Saturday, June 27, 2015 12:00 to 4:00PM

Bradenton Father’s Day Family Day

Saturday, June 21, 2015 12:00 to 4:00PM

Jacksonville TC Family Day

Saturday, June 20, 2015 12:00 to 4:00PM

Orlando Bridge TC/WR Graduation

Friday, July 17, 2015 10:00AM*Luncheon to follow at Orlando Bridge TC For more information, email:

Auburndale Bridge Graduation

Thursday, July 9, 2015 7:00PM602 Melton Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823
RSVP by July 3, 2015 to 863-967-8190

Bradenton Bridge Alumni Day

Saturday, July 11, 20159:00am – 11:00am *Lunch Provided.RSVP to Chaplain Burke @ 941.932.9030 ext. 3210

Cocoa Bridge – Back to School Family Day

Saturday, August 8, 2015 10:00am – 1:00pm *Lunch Provided, Free Back-Packs, School Supplies. E-mail Chaplain Wade at: to RSVP by Sunday July 12, 2015. Note: Children must be present to receive a backpack. Only the natural children, adopted children and step-children of inmates may participate. Only those children whose names are on the sign-up sheet will get backpacks/supplies.Age limit—children 4—13 years of age

TBCB – Back To School Family Day

Saturday, August 08, 2015 — — –

TPB – Back To School Family Day

Saturday, August 15, 2015 — — –

Jacksonville Bridge TC Graduation

Monday, November 16, 2015 10:00AM

Jacksonville Bridge TC Family Day

Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Orlando Bridge TC & CRC – Graduation/Completion Ceremony

Friday, January 22, 2016 @St. Dismas Church 10:00AM

Auburndale Bridge Graduation

Thursday, November 05, 2015 602 Melton Ave. Auburndale, Fl. 33823 7:00PM *RSVP to 863-967-8190

Bradenton Bridge Thanksgiving Luncheon On-Site

Friday, November 20, 2015 On-Site 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Bradenton Bridge Founder’s Day Celebration

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 9:00AM – 11:00AM

Bradenton Bridge Graduation

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:00AM

Bradenton Bridge Christmas Family Day

Saturday, December 19, 2015 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Bradenton Bridge Christmas Dinner

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Bradenton Bridge Out with the Old/In with the New Ceremony

Thursday, December 31, 2015 6:00PM – 7:00PM