Community Bridges is an independent, secular organisation. We are an incorporated association and registered not-for-profit organisation with tax deductible status.
We do not charge for our services.
We are run entirely by volunteers and we work with in mates before they exit the Correctional System.
What Do We Do?
- Work with inmates who are exiting the Correctional System because research indicates that when support is available, the likelihood of re-offending is lessened.
- Work in the Correctional Centres with those who are preparing to be released from the Centre to establish rapport between the inmate and the Support Worker.
- Aim to assess the post-release needs of inmates and to establish a comfortable working relationship with the inmate.
- Endeavour to provide strategies for the ex-inmate on how to cope with the stressors that inhibits his/her being a productive member of the community.
- Provide initial and on-going training to its volunteers and conduct regular meetings to maintain professional standards for Support Workers.
In 1991, a service to assist inmates exiting detention was commenced by a small number of interested persons under the name Jordan House Association. As the need for this service grew, a pilot program, the Prisoner Support Service, for 30 clients, was auspiced by Sherwood Uniting Church under its outreach umbrella through funds granted by the Uniting Church Foundation.
In 1994, Jordan House Association became incorporated as a tax deductible, community based organisation of volunteers dedicated to the assistance of inmates and their families with their reintegration into the community. The service was co-ordinated gratis by Esteem Consulting, a small organisation that provided a range of programs in the area of substance misuse.
In July 2006, the service changed its name to Community Bridges Inc. with the motto: “building bridges, changing lives”, to better represent its intention of assisting reintegration into the community. It has continued to operate using dedicated and trained volunteers. The organisation has continued to work as being recognised as a major voluntary service provider to assist inmates and those previously incarcerated.