About Us

Bridge House/ Grace House was founded on the principle that recovery from addiction could not be maintained without an individual’s basic needs being met.

For over 65 years, it has been our mission to provide substance-use disorder treatment services to those who have lost everything. Individuals come to us hopeless, helpless, and many who are without the will to live. They are provided a safe place to recover and provided with the tools necessary to build a new life. The only organization offering long-term residential treatment in the Greater New Orleans Area; our clinical and vocation-based programs validate each individual as an important member of our community while promoting personal responsibility in a life of recovery. With two housing facilities (Bridge House for males and Grace House for females), we treat over 700 homeless, indigent, uninsured, underinsured, and/or unemployed men and women each year.
Our services are offered regardless of one’s ability to pay.

Our Programs

Bridge House / Grace House is a 24-hour, 7 day a week, residential treatment facility that provides substance-use disorder treatment to men and women in two separate locations and regardless of their ability to pay. Bridge House, the residential facility for males is located at 4150 Earhart Boulevard; and Grace House, the only substance-use disorder treatment facility exclusively for women in the Greater New Orleans area, is located at 6321 Stratford Place. Bridge House / Grace House Residential Substance-Use Disorder Treatment Programs provide a continuum of care that ensures all clients referred are evaluated and provided services to meet their individual needs.

Our Program Goals

The overall goal of Bridge House / Grace House Residential Substance-Use Disorder Treatment Program is to increase the quality of life through the provision of specialized addictive disorder treatment services.

  • Sobriety is the highest priority of treatment. However, there is an inherent long-term goal of maintaining sobriety through, healthy restructured life skills.
  • To increase the client’s adjustment and functioning within peer, family, vocational, legal and social relationships.
  • To improve psychosocial adjustment and functioning through the continuing development of services appropriate to the individual strengths, abilities, needs and preferences.

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Accreditation

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit organization that surveys and accredits health and human services providers worldwide. A service or program that is CARF accredited has passed an in-depth on-site review and has demonstrated substantial conformance to internationally recognized standards for quality.

CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Toll free (888) 281-6531. www.carf.org

Bridge House / Grace House has been accredited by CARF since 2013 and is currently accredited in our residential treatment programs. Our accreditation is a public commitment that we strive to:

  • Involve persons served and their families in their service planning.
  • Respect individual cultural preferences.
  • Be accountable to our funding sources, referral agencies, and the community at large.
  • Address health and safety concerns, such as building safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Maintain management practices that are efficient, cost-effective, and based on outcomes and consumer satisfaction.

Leadership

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Kevin Gardere, Chief Executive Officer

kgardere@bridgehouse.org (504) 821-7133 Kevin Gardere has been an employee of Bridge House / Grace House since 2002. He has been responsible for Major Gifts since 2004. In December 2013, he became the Executive Director of Development and in December 2023 he took over at CEO.  Kevin was a resident at Bridge House and completed the program in April 2002. Kevin went to De La Salle High School and LSU (Geaux Tigers!), is married and has 2 children.

Walter Wright, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

wwright@bridgehouse.org (504) 821-7142 Walter Wright, CPA joined the Bridge House / Grace House Finance Department in June 2014. He is a native of New Orleans and has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of New Orleans. Walt is a classic rock enthusiast and a high functioning Dairy Queen Blizzard addict.

Allison Skapik, MSW/MPH, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer

askapik@bridgehouse.org (504) 821-7128 Allison Skapik first began working with Bridge House / Grace House as a counseling intern on Camp Street in 2018. Allison moved from Pittsburgh, PA in 2017 to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University. Since becoming a licensed social worker, she has worked as a substance use counselor in residential and community treatment in New Orleans. Allison served as the Vocational Director of Bridge House / Grace House before transitioning to Clinical Director of Bridge House in November 2022. She enjoys crocheting, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

Stephanie Clary, CFRE, Director of Development

sclary@bridgehouse.org (504) 821-7134 Stephanie Clary is a New Orleans native who joined the Bridge House / Grace House Development Department in 2014. In 2017, Stephanie obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation and in 2023 she became the Bridge House / Grace House Director of Development. Seven days each year Stephanie works Artist Hospitality at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which she has attended every year since she was three and a half months old. She is proud to have been able to utilize her festival experience in the creation and production of Sober Fest.

2024 Board of Directors

Walton Goldring, President

Kelly Commander,
Immediate Past President

Michael Pou, Vice President

H. Elder Gwin, Treasurer

Susan Tyler, Secretary

D. Scott Crabtree

Jeffrey Haigler

Keith Katz

Ryan Kruse

Daniel Lagrone

Iggie Perrin

Anne E. Raymond

Gregory Romig

Suzanne Rusovich

Chip Verges

Sharonda R. Williams

Elly Zakris

Our Funding

60% of our budget comes from your donations!

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