Bridging The Gap
The purpose of Bridging the Gap is to connect an A.A. member who is a former inmate with an A.A. member on the outside. Members active in this program are groups of alcoholics helping other alcoholics. Our primary purpose is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
As a volunteer member of the Bridging the Gap program, your commitment consists of introducing your new contact to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous in his or her community.
- Familiarize the contact with A.A. meeting formats and explain what the newcomer can expect at his/her first meeting.
- Attend meetings with your contact and introduce the newcomer to other sober members of A.A.
- Share your experience, strength and hope.
- Explain sponsorship.
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,I want the hand of A.A. to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
Please Do Not
- Provide any form of financial support.
- Become a source of transportation.
- Provide any sort of social or counseling service.
- Debate or offer opinions outside the scope of your experience with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Provide medical, legal, or psychiatric services.
- Offer religious services.
- Sponsor the newcomer.
The following pamphlets may be helpful to you
- Bridging the Gap
- Pre-release Contact Information (for those on the outside)
- Pre-release Contact Information (for those on the inside)
- For AAs inside NY State correctional facilities and for release anywhere withing NY State only – Use the “Pre-Release/Bridging the Gap” form
- A.A. at a Glance
- Information on A.A.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Bridge the Gap Temporary Contact, please attend an upcoming Corrections Committee meeting or contact the Rochester Area Central Office at (585) 232-6720 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.