2021 | September
#IMPACT
Greetings!

When I founded Bridges To Life, my original vision was to create a program that would reach into the hearts of offenders and spark empathy for victims of crime, building a platform for change. What I didn't know was that this process, with slight modifications, could be applied to another population and offer the same powerful results.

From our work with thousands of offenders, we know that many of the incarcerated also struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. We have received frequent feedback that the BTL program has helped them understand the origin of their addiction and what role it has played in their behaviors and choices. This has led us to successfully expand the BTL program into halfway houses and rehabilitation facilities such as

I am proud to report that, as of this year, the BTL program is now offered in all 5 Salvation Army ARC facilities in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio)! Over 400 men have graduated from the BTL program at ARC facilities since 2015. By extending our reach, BTL is offering solutions and hope even outside the prison walls.

Gratefully,

John Sage, Founder & CEO

UPCOMING EVENTS
RSVP now for one of our 2021 Vision Events!
We hope you and your guests will join us as we celebrate
BTL's volunteers, graduates, and accomplishments.
Houston Vision Luncheon
Thursday, November 4th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
$1,000 per table

Dallas/Fort Worth Vision Dinner
Saturday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Sheraton Arlington Hotel
$700 per table
(Corporate sponsorships also available;
contact jim@bridgestolife.org for details)

Amarillo Vision Dinner
Thursday, October 28th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Trinity Fellowship Church
Tables start at $500
(Contact tac@bridgestolife.org for details)
SPOTLIGHT ON FIELD MINISTERS
A TDCJ* Field Minister is an inmate who has graduated from the Theological Seminary College located at the Memorial Unit in Rosharon, Texas (men) or the Hobby Unit in Marlin, Texas (women). After completing their studies, they are assigned to prisons throughout Texas to assist the Unit Chaplain.

Field Ministers can also assist BTL by facilitating our program in units that do not allow volunteers. In this role, they not only guide inmate participants through the BTL curriculum, they also provide encouragement and support. When a Field Minister was recently asked by an inmate, "What is the Bridges To Life program?", he wrote these words in response:

xxxxx"Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness and Reconciliation are all words that express every person's deepest needs. In Bridges To Life, these concepts will come alive as you read and work through the material. This class was developed with the hope of helping the incarcerated embrace and accept these needs. Forgiven people change and are more likely to extend grace, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation to others.
xxxxxOur interest is for you to be blessed by this course in order to change into the man you know you should be, and reconciled to those you have hurt. We each have more victims of our crimes than just those it was committed against. 
xxxxxREMEMBER: None of us is as strong as all of us!"

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*Texas Department of Criminal Justice