Bridges of Iowa Tour

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Name: Bridges of Iowa Tour
Date: July 11, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

By any metric, the war on drugs in America has been a colossal failure. The United States has the highest per capita incarceration rate of any developed nation in the world. More than 80 percent of the 2.3 million people behind bars in our country meet the diagnostic criteria for addiction or have been incarcerated for drug-related charges. Nearly half of the people who enter our criminal justice system go on to commit other offenses. On average, a person facing jail time for a drug-related charge will return to jail four more times during his or her lifetime, escalating into a pattern of continual incarceration.

In Iowa alone, 12,700 people are incarcerated every year, and 65% of those people meet the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse. In its 20 years, Bridges of Iowa has helped thousands of people overcome substance abuse and escape the cycle of criminality. This help has in turn benefited tens of thousands of people in the central Iowa community.

Bridges of Iowa

For nearly 20-years, Bridges of Iowa has helped save the lives of Iowans and preserve families through drug and alcohol treatment program focusing on responsibility, accountability and re-entry into the community. 

The idea for Bridges of Iowa began with Anthony Lamberti’s discovery of the book Holes in Time by Frank Costantino. Moved by his success in helping criminal-justice-involved individuals transition back into society, Don and Charlene Lamberti set out to replicate the results of his Bridges of America program in Iowa. Don traveled to Florida with his friends, Larry James, Sr. and Tom Jackowski, to see the Bridges of America program firsthand. As a result of that trip, Bridges of Iowa was founded on August 30, 1999 with the support of an initial $2.1 million gift from Donald and Charlene Lamberti. In it’s nearly 20 years, Bridges of Iowa has helped hundreds of Iowans to transform their lives.

Bridges of Iowa, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization that effectively helps those involved with the criminal justice system as a result of drug-related offenses to reintegrate into society as productive, thriving members of their communities. Our goal is to get qualifying men and women out of jail, free them from addictions, and give them the tools they need to avoid returning to a pattern of substance abuse and crime. All of our services are directed at empowering our clients to transform their lives permanently through faith, hope, and compassion.

The Urbandale Chamber and Bridges of Iowa invite you to tour the facility to learn more.  Substance abuse impacts families and employers.  Bridges of Iowa has unmatched results in substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation. Every year, they measure the percentage of people who are still clean and sober after treatment, the percentage of people who are employed at the completion of the program, and the rate of recidivism of program participants.

8 a.m. - Registration
8:15 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Program
8:45 a.m. - Facility Tour
Bridges of Iowa is located back behind the Polk County Jail
1985 NE 51st Pl., Des Moines, IA 50313

There are signs that say Bridges of Iowa you can watch for.  Drive around the south side of the jail, on the road with razor wire on both sides, to the back parking lot
Date/Time Information:
8-9 a.m.
No Charge
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