N America News May 2017

NORTHAMERICANEWS / MAY 2017 61 Bridging the Gap g Company: Bridges of America/Bridges International Contact: Lori Costantino-Brown Address: 2145 Metrocenter Blvd. Suite 350, Orlando, FL 32835 Website: www.bridgesofamerica.com Email: [email protected] Telephone: +1 (407) 218-4800 if the inmates did not deal with the underlying problems which contributed to their incarceration that they would return and leave “a hole in time.” He said, “While I was in prison vague concepts began to come into focus. It seemed as though everyone was, to some extent, a prisoner of their own personality, motivated by forces beyond their control. One thing seemed apparent through it all. Takers are losers and people who don’t care leave holes in time.” What started as a local ministry has now parlayed into a worldwide vision that serves over 10,000 inmates and offenders daily. Bishop Frank Costantino passed away in April of 2006, however his vision and legacy lives. Lori Costantino-Brown, Frank’s daughter, was appointed by the Board of Directors to continue the vision and leadership of Bridges International. Lori has further enhanced the programs and continued Frank’s bequest to meet the needs of evidence- based treatment in the 21st century. The Bridge program is an International presence with programs and outreach ministries in countries on four continents. The program was founded on the basis of the “Wholistic approach to recovery” predicated on the 12 Step model. We have followed the same basis for 30 years while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the program and increasing the quality of care for the person served.