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A number of important program components ensure growth opportunities for Bridge House residents in the areas of helping residents prepare for and secure employment, enhance communication and conflict resolution skills, and develop healing and healthy life practices.

Vocational Skills Building Program

Ho?opono meeting
Ho'opono meeting

This is a key part of the Bridge House program and it is mandatory that all residents participate. The proven successful VSB program helps to prepare the unemployed resident for entry/reentry into the workplace.   Residents not already employed full time or attending school/training are assigned daily or weekly work projects on site by the staff, where they learn work skills, responsibility, dependability and good attitude.  Residents are also assisted with resume preparation, participate in mock interviews, are instructed in the use of various office equipment and provided transportation to job interviews.  Residents may also be directed to job training or educational programs.

The goal of vocational skills building is for residents to be employable and employed when they leave the facility and almost all have jobs when they leave Bridge House.  The job/work success rate for Bridge House residents after leaving the facility is 70 percent – which means 70 percent will still be employed six months after they leave, more than double the national rate of just 30 percent.  Bridge House is proud to note that many of our graduates have gone on to become successful businesspeople within the community; we are fortunate that many of these graduates are now willing to be called upon - and able to offer job opportunities - to the next generation of Bridge House graduates.

Hawaiian Healing and Cultural Practices

Bridge House is also unique in that it integrates aspects of the native Hawaiian culture of the Islands into its program to create positive outcomes for residents.   This includes weekly sessions in hoʽopono conducted by a respected Hawaiian kupuna (or elder) on site.   In these hoʽopono meetings, residents are taught traditional Hawaiian ways of conflict resolution, values, respect and appreciation for others and healthy life practices, with the aim of providing residents self-healing and self-empowerment.

Acupuncture treatment
Acupuncture treatment


A skilled, licensed acupuncture practitioner / naturopathic doctor visits Bridge House two times every week to attend to the physical and emotional well-being of residents.  This individual also provides nutritional counseling and a smoking cessation program for residents.

On-site garden

Bridge House nursery
Bridge House nursery

In enhancing residents’ nutritional health and in helping them make a connection to the land, residents also create and maintain an on-site garden where they grow native herbs and vegetables they use in preparing meals.  

Support Groups

It is mandatory that residents also attend ongoing – at least three to five per week – meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support groups in the local community during their stay at Bridge House.  Each resident must obtain a recovery sponsor as well.