Bridges of Hope

Residential Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehabilitation

About Us

How We Got Here

The Bridges of Hope has seen its share of self-made heartache. After many years of dealing with alcoholics and drugs addicts that have lost employment, friends, family, freedom and self-respect.  Many have reached their "bottom" - - and also reached out for help. With the help of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and caring people they began the long road to sobriety.

The Bridges of Hope was a small farm, near the tiny rural community of Argyle, in Clinch County.  On December 23, 1986 the old farm was purchased....with no money down.

We immediately set about gaining community support and involvement by inviting local leaders, some in recovery themselves, to form a board to oversee the Bridges of Hope Charitable Trust.  Seeking private donations they received materials, services, and a little money to get things going.

After adequately renovating the aging farm, the first residents arrived in January 1987.

A short while later, a dormitory was built, and other buildings added. While the original farmhouse could accommodate sixteen, the facility grew to house about fifty residents.  Residents began going out in the communities to perform service work. A number were finishing at the Bridges, returning home or remaining in the area, and staying sober. Eventually, skepticism - and the stigma associated addiction - were overcome. The Bridges is now seen by the Chamber of Commerce as an important community asset.  In 1992, a television producer and crew from CNN arrived in Argyle to create a ten-minute story on the facility for a three-part documentary called " Across America with Larry Woods."  Word about the program began to spread.

With the success of the first Bridges the Board thought it was time to grow.  A second facility near Chauncey, Georgia was opened in 1991.  A third facility in Louisville, Georgia opened in 1996. In 2001 the fourth facility, was opened in Morven, Georgia and was the first women's facility for Bridges of Hope (In May of 2013 Morven was changed to a mens facility).  Another new facility for women was opened on 3/2/2010, and now serves as our only womens Bridges. (see FACILITIES for more information)

The Board of Trustees, all volunteers has grown and includes community leaders from each of the local areas.

The Bridges of Hope program is based on tough love, spirituality, and one recovering person helping another.....and it works.  To find out how you can help us continue to grow and help those addicted to alcohol and/or drugs to help alcohol and drug addicts, please see the section called FUNDING.


The Board of Directors

SECRETARY Mary Ruth Handley

Phone Number (912) 487-3645
Fax Number (912) 487-2040
Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday

The Bridges of Hope Charitable Trust was created and is run by individuals dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction, and who generously volunteer, as many do, in any way they can to help our residents.


Richard Bass - Chairman
Eastman, GA

Winfred Murphy - Vice-Chairman
Lutherville, GA

Jennifer Fries - Secretary/Treasurer
Claxton, GA

Faye Vickers
Douglas, GA

Irvin Lawson
Morven, GA

Brookins Beck
Milledgeville, GA

Aden Griffis
Douglas, GA

David E. Morgan, III
Abbeville, GA

Glenn Hendrix
Nahunta, GA

Marshall Harris
Alamo, GA

William Richards
Jacksonville, FL

Gene Trevathan
Augusta, GA

Tim Moncus
LaGrange, GA

What We Are Not

  • Bridges of Hope is an alternative program... not a recovery center in the traditional sense... medical, psychiatric and professional counseling services are not automatically available to residents.
  • Insurance companies will not pay for our services.
  • Bridges of Hope is not a state-funded facility. We operate and cover expenses solely on charitable contributions and donations from companies and foundations which are tax-deductible.
  • Bridges of Hope cannot accept anyone in need of detoxification (but we may be able to refer such a person to a qualified medical facility).
  • Bridges of Hope does not accept individuals with so-called dual-diagnosis, or those with a history of violence.
  • Bridges of Hope does not currently offer services for adolescents. We accept men (and adult women at the Alamo facility) from late teens on up, however, we have limited capacity for teenage males.
  • Bridges of Hope is not a 'half-way' house... residents are required to commit to full-time residency.
  • Bridges of Hope is a working facility, meaning residents physical condition should be fair to good in order to contribute through at least moderate on-site work activities on a daily basis.
  • Although the Bridges of Hope subscribes to the spiritual program and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, we are not affiliated with any specific religious organization. The program is open to those of any religious orientation.