Founded in 2006 by executive director Tina Mitchell in Nashville, Tennessee, Crossbridge is a non-profit faith-based organization that provides social services to financially challenged clients. It serves the South Nashville community, which struggles with the devastating effects of generational poverty, rugs, prostitution and violent crime. Crossbridge was created to break this destructive cycle with effective, real-world solutions. Their Restoration House program provides Christ-centered 12-step based sober living for men and women in early recovery. Besides safe and structured housing, they offer transitional care, so that clients can restore their lives, and become productive members of society. Mitchell is a pastor at Trevecca Community Church, where clients are required to attend services and faith-based recovery support meetings.
Accommodations and Amenities
Restoration House has a 53-bed capacity and is comprised of five houses for women and four houses for men. Accommodations vary, but typically clients are paired in double-occupancy furnished rooms. Food vouchers are initially provided, so that clients can obtain food from local food pantries. Additionally, most clients qualify for food stamps, which assists towards the purchase of groceries. Clients also receive clothing vouchers, so that they can be dressed for success at job interviews. Bus passes are provided until clients get work. Transportation to meetings is offered. Staff lives on the premises to provide support and supervision.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to arrival, clients must fill out an application, and undergo an interview. The Restoration House program requires a six-month commitment, and clients must have previously undergone detox if necessary. During their stay, clients progress through two levels. Level one typically lasts 30 days and includes attending daily 12-step or faith-based meetings. These include mandatory meetings and church services on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings at Trevecca Church, as well as two weekly house meetings.
A van picks up clients and transports them to church gatherings. The Sunday schedule includes worship at 9 am, followed by a spiritual support group at 10:30 am. During level one, residents must work or look for work. Those searching for employment must provide a documented job-search. Clients are not allowed to work on Sundays, because that day is reserved for attending church. Those on SSI or disability must perform community service. Residents attend a transitional care program, which is comprised of educational classes and groups. Topics include life skills, alcohol and drug education, relapse prevention and anger management. Level one requires that clients complete steps one through three, get a sponsor and a home group. The curfew is 5:30 pm seven days a week.
Level two requires clients maintain employment or community service, continue participating in their recovery program, as well as attending regular 12-step meetings and mandatory house and church gatherings. Programming varies per client’s work or community service schedule. By this time, they have completed steps three to five with their sponsors, and have retained a permanent home group. The curfew is 7 pm seven days a week.
The Crossbridge organization also offers KidPower, an afterschool program that helps financially challenged children. The program provides recreational activities, healthy snacks, tutoring and community service projects, so that children can learn to be of service. The preventative programming of KidPower is designed to give at-risk children the tools needed to avoid crime and addiction.
Restoration House at Crossbridge provides comprehensive Christ-centered 12-step based transitional care for financially challenged clients. The program is funded by the State of Tennessee and boasts a high success rate for its graduates. For those seeking a faith-based protocol that allows them to work their steps this is the perfect option.
Crossbridge Restoration House
335 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
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