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
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.
OFFICE MANAGER Lois Corbitt
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
Winfred Murphy - Vice-Chairman
Jennifer Fries - Secretary/Treasurer
David E. Morgan, III