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A second chance… hope restored

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker

A second chance… hope restored

By Staff Writer

Thomas J. Walker, Jr. was recently hired by Bridges of America, Inc. as the Coordinator/Case Manager for the Community Reentry Service Project at its Pompano Beach facility.  Bridges of America provides persons with chemical dependence and/or criminal behavior problems with an opportunity to experience freedom from this life threatening disease.

The program is designed to eliminate the root cause of problems and provide healing for the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

In his role as coordinator/case manager, Thomas will assist persons recently released from prison with a positive, safe and drug-free residence where they can make a successful transition to independent living.

One of the goals Thomas would like to achieve is to substantially increase partnerships with community organizations that provide employment opportunities, mentoring, and educational and spiritual support services.

Working in this environment is not a choice, but for Thomas it’s a calling.  “Like many of these individuals, I made some poor choices early in my life that led him down the road to incarceration, but through God’s grace I was restored and given hope. I have always felt this road was by God’s design, so that I can be a vehicle of hope and restoration to those who are imprisoned and feeling hopeless; showing that success after a second chance and spiritual redemption is achievable…I’m a living testimony, said Thomas.”

Thomas is a native of Fort Lauderdale; graduating from Fort Lauderdale High School. Thomas began to give back through volunteering and mentoring at the Bridges of America and Turning Point work release facilities in Pompano. It was his passion to serve and his success at working and mentoring these men that made Thomas the clear choice for this position.

Thomas graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Memorial University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Multi-disciplinary Studies at Nova Southeastern University and certification as a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). For more information on the Community Reentry Service Project contact Thomas at (954) 586-8534, Bridges of America, 302 S.E. Second St., #1, Pompano Beach, Fla. 33060.


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