Our Mission

We invite you to a better life.

Our Vision

Bridges of Iowa graduates will live free from substance abuse and criminality, become contributing members of their families and society, and continue to explore and to develop their individual faith.

Our Values

Faith, Hope, and Love, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance.

Brief History

Twenty years ago Don and Charlene Lamberti formed a foundation that provided the idea and funding for the innovative and comprehensive Bridges of Iowa program. They were moved by their son Anthony’s personal struggle with substance abuse and experiences within the criminal justice system. Bridges of Iowa is a local organization that for twenty years has run an effective, successful, long-term substance abuse treatment and reentry program. We have been collaborating with Polk County Iowa for many years on our shared goal of reducing recidivism in our community and successfully returning those affected by substance abuse back to their loved ones.

Bridges of Iowa, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization that effectively helps those involved with the criminal justice system as a result of drug-related offenses to reintegrate into society as productive, thriving members of their communities. Our goal is to get qualifying men and women out of jail, free them from addictions, and give them the tools they need to avoid returning to a pattern of substance abuse and crime. All of our services are directed at empowering our clients to transform their lives permanently through faith, hope, and compassion.

Community Partners 

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel

Broadlawns Medical Center

    • supplies medical detoxification services for our clients
    • provides our Medical Director and
    • our medical services.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

    • Furnishes our clients with opportunities 
    • Financial Literacy classes
    • Job readiness education 
    • Healthy Family program
    • Healthy Relationships.

United Way

provides fundraising support to charitable organizations.

Food Bank of Iowa

                                                                         Provides food at a greatly reduced cost as well as free paper supplies.


provides the opportunity to learn about the needs and opportunities of our community and offer support.


Proud recipient of TEFAP foods through the USDA commodity program.

 EMC Insurance


The partnership between St. Vincent de Paul and Bridges of Iowa allows us all to best serve those most in need of our services effectively and with integrity.
Steve Havemann

Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

As an elected official, I have seen Bridges of Iowa consistently provide an innovative continuum of care to Iowans who are overcoming addiction. As an Iowan, I see the challenges our communities face with substance abuse and most recently the opioid crisis. Without the work of organizations such as Bridges, those in recovery would be at increased risk for relapse and jail recidivism. By focusing on long-term recovery and community integration, Bridges of Iowa has helped people rebuild themselves as productive members of our community.

Angela Connolly

Polk County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District