Springfield recovery home controversy

The Bridge Home offers a space for men 18-34 years old to recover from previous substance abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new addiction recovery center is open in Springfield, but it doesn’t have the support of everyone in the community.

For 8 men, the Bridge Home at 1090 Worthington St. is a second chance. The Bridge Home offers a place for 8 men recovering from previous drug and alcohol abuse. Each man is required to participate in regular community counseling, and either go to school, have a job, or be looking for one.

The nonprofit organization showcased their home Thursday night to local leaders and the community. Eduction Director of The Bridge Home Dr. Cosgriff told 22News, “Community is really important in recovery, and that support is key. Building that relationship, building that support, and providing the structure to help them reach their life goals and their recovery goals.”

But the Bridge Home is already receiving some push back from the rest of the community. The McKnight neighborhood council has been hearing from several residents that they’re worried this community is slowly becoming the “ground zero” for substance transitional programs, especially since there are 3 other transition homes within 4 blocks of the Bridge Home.

It’s also set up right next to an in-home licensed family daycare.

The McKnight neighborhood council is now asking Springfield city councilors to consider looking elsewhere for future transition homes. Dr. Cosgriff told 22News they’re continuing to work with the neighborhood council to address all resident questions and fears.